Category Archives: medication

Of debriding, handholding, and getting tough with mom

Mom took a fall a week ago as she was getting up from her afternoon nap. Rather than pull the “help” string next to her bed, she took the “I can do this myself” route. About the same time her … Continue reading

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From whence my help shall come

A lot has changed since then. Since then, her forgetfulness diagnosis has received an upgrade to severe dementia; vascular dementia, not Alzheimer’s. Vascular dementia is caused by uncontrolled hypertension, for the most part. Approximately 20% of dementia is classifed as vascular in … Continue reading

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We are not defined by our brokenness

My 90 year old mother lives nearby in a an assisted living facility. I’ve had the joy to live in the same zip code with her since she relocated 3 1/2 years ago. On the eve of her moving, I … Continue reading

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Upon my return….

We got in late last night from three wonderful days at the family cottage with our two-year-old granddaughter and her “staff,” also known as parents. She is telling everyone, “I just turned two!” and has learned to hold up the … Continue reading

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What happened before, pt III

As I reread parts I and II, I see that I have left events out, and mixed up timing, but the facts are there, even if disorganized.  An important event was that my mother finally gave up driving; my sister reported … Continue reading

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What happened before pt. 2

So a few more years trickled by with clues to Mom’s deterioration popping up now and then. One evening, she told a bunch of us visiting that she’d decided when she came to a stoplight, if no one was coming, … Continue reading

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