Monthly Archives: November 2010

Perfectly good.

Friday, when I walked in the door, Dad dove for a pair of slacks folded beside him. “Before we start anything else…” he said, and unfolded the slacks to show me that both cuffs were very frayed. “Oh. I guess … Continue reading

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Thanksgiving then and now–Kathy

I frequently hear that Thanksgiving is not just about the food, but let’s face it: if there were no food, or not the right kinds, there would be disappointment, at least in my family. So my mother and I, living … Continue reading

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I’m back [Kathy]

Upon returning from rest in Jamaica with a dear friend, I was home one day before leaving for my birthday present trip to Philadelphia to visit Andrew, Christine and Emma. Jamaica was a great opportunity to sit outside in warm … 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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Conundrum

Yesterday, as Mom and I walked down the hall to the dining room, one of the newer residents came out of his room with a phone to his ear. He suffers from Parkinson’s, has a grimace on his face, and … Continue reading

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It’s been rough

Coming back from a delightful time in Philadelphia–with a cute trick-or-treating kitty cat, candy, cupcakes, reading books, little responsibility–was harder than I expected. After all, if you have four relaxing, fun days, you should be ready and cheerful to put … Continue reading

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