Monthly Archives: October 2010

Time to Get Out of Dodge City!

I’m pooped. I’ve been mostly in Midland for about nine weeks, visiting Mom and Dad a lot of those days, and I’m out of gas. Tomorrow we leave for a Halloween trip to Philadelphia, and greatly look forward to seeing … Continue reading

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Love and mess

Saturday morning I got a call from Bickford that Mom was refusing to take a shower! Good heavens. This seemed like a small problem to me, so I suggested the aide skip it and see if she was more amenable … Continue reading

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A little mean today, thanks

Scene: Dad’s room at Bickford. Me [entering Dad's room]: Hi, Dad! It’s Kathy. Dad [frantic]: I’ve lost my hearing aids! I just had a shower and now I can’t find them! Me: They must be in the room, then. We’ll … Continue reading

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Did you ever have One of Those Days?

The phone rang at 7 a.m.; I knew it couldn’t be good news. “Kathy? I’m calling from Bickford, and we found your mother unresponsive. There was a fire alarm, and when we checked on her, she wouldn’t respond. She just … Continue reading

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Monday, Monday

If it’s Monday, yesterday was Sunday. I had asked Mom Saturday if she wanted to go to church, as I frequently do. She did, so I efficiently wrote a note asking staff to have her ready at 9:15. At 8:45, … Continue reading

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Sistahs

Have I mentioned how lucky I feel to have a sister to share the responsibilities of parents/dog care? How much I appreciate her? I bought washcloths, but she just bought a dozen new t-shirts to replace the VERY tired ones … Continue reading

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Today I bought…

…washcloths! Yesterday, amid the Pillowcase Mystery, I found a note asking for washcloths from one of the aides. Mom gets a shower every day, and there were only a couple, not enough for every day. Of course I couldn’t remember … Continue reading

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Sometimes you gotta laugh

Yesterday I went to Bickford, and went to Mom’s room. The room was stuffy and smelled–usually the smell is urine, but this was more doggy in nature. I noticed Mom’s pillow-in-a-sham was on the dog’s bed on the floor–who knows … Continue reading

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Autumn poem

Autumn (by Jean Starr Untermeyer) (To My Mother) HOW memory cuts away the years, And how clean the picture comes Of autumn days, brisk and busy; Charged with keen sunshine. And you, stirred with activity, The spirit of those energetic … Continue reading

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Life gets tedious, don’t it.

Sometimes it’s just the monotony of the visits that wear me out. Yesterday I stopped to buy some mock turtle tops for Mom, and also delivered a vest I picked up for her–her wardrobe needed a boost for colder weather. … Continue reading

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