Monthly Archives: August 2010

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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Just before going to the cottage…

Today when I visited my parents, Mom was pretty good; we sat in the courtyard and enjoyed the warm though rather gloomy weather. She enjoys tickling and fooling around–swinging the two-person glider the opposite way to mess me up, for … 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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Day off

I am daringly taking the day off, because my sister is going to shop for my parents this morning and then go see them.  I’m supposed to go to an art fair this afternoon with a friend who was essentially … Continue reading

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Fast forward to Aug. 20, 2010

Phew. Today’s been busy, since I volunteered for 5 hours at the local hospital in the Surgical Waiting Room, and headed from there to visit my parents in their assisted living facility. Probably it’s too much to do both, but … 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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What Happened Before, pt. 1

I first heard the uh-oh bell ring about six years ago. My mother called one summer afternoon from their summer home on Lake Michigan, and said she was making a pie crust and couldn’t remember one of the ingredients. Uh…what?! … Continue reading

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Kathy’s parents

Who I am, and what I do, doesn’t matter much in this story.  The simple facts are: 58 years old, mother of five, grandmother, retired teacher-librarian, married 35 years. What does matter are the two people at the center of … Continue reading

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About this blog

The journey with aging parents through their decline in health, both physical and mental, leads through unfamiliar territory for most people. We four women are on this arduous and sometimes lonely road. We do our best to love, care for, intercede, disagree with, and advocate … Continue reading

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