Monthly Archives: January 2011

Of Sweaters and Shampoo

As mom’s dementia increases, so goes her sensitivity to fabric–texture, weight, design, weave–even fit. Once an accomplished seamstress, her tailored clothing fit her proportianately petite figure; her closet organized by color: salmon colored slacks hanging with the favorite peach and pink seersucker plaid … Continue reading

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Nurse Allison says mom’s removing the boxing fist of bandages is awesome

Mom no sooner had returned to her apartment after wincing through several hours of debriding her wounded right hand that she removed layers of green and blue tape, adhesive bandaging, kerlix, and silver nitrate inpregnated gauze that was to invade … Continue reading

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The Two Men–Kathy

I entered the room the other day to find Mom on her feet, looking anxious. “I don’t know where they went,” Mom said; she was clearly upset. “Who?” “Those two…men. They were asking about….” Here Mom gestured at the dog. … Continue reading

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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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There’s still real life

One thing I have learned over the past three and a half years of visiting at Bickford is that life is not as bleak there as a cursory glance may suggest. If you’ve visited such a facility once and only … Continue reading

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New Year? Or more of the same?

If you’ve read the update to the last entry, you’ll note that we DID get the stomach bug, which took down my 2 year old granddaughter, son, and then me, shortly after a visit to Bickford on the 28th. Many … Continue reading

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