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September 2, 2017

My mother in law turns 92 on Monday, and my grandson turns 4. We are going to have a party for both of them next weekend. We would have had it this weekend, but there was a conflict with the other side of our grandson’s family. My almost 84 year old father says he can’t […]

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August 29, 2017

This blog is late because I thought our domain was on auto renew but it wasn’t and the day it expired was the day Houston was hit with Hurricane Harvey. Our web hosting company, Hostgator, is based in Houston. Our domain expired once before and it was fixed with a simple phone call but this […]

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August 20, 2017

The Walk to End Alzheimer’s is just six days away! I have been attending the walk yearly since 2011. My father in law had the illness, which cost the family immeasurable amounts of time, money and suffering. There is no way to know exactly when the onset of the disease occurred, but he began to […]

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August 12, 2017

So here we are. My mother in law has taken another downturn this week. She is drinking even less and her voice is so soft I can barely hear her when she speaks, which is only in answer to a question, and in few words. Her eyes look very strange now. She sleeps all the […]

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August 6, 2017

I am sharing this very personal part of my mother in law’s care to help you with decisions you may have to make concerning your loved one’s care. This week I learned that a catheter is not always a bad thing. The Hospice nurse said that the aides that were giving my mother in law […]

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July 30, 2017

Last Monday I called Bluegrass Care Navigators and asked them to enroll my mother in law. She had declined significantly over the weekend. I won’t go into detail, but there are signs that the time is near and my mother in law was exhibiting most of them. Bluegrass Care Navigators has several divisions for helping […]

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July 23, 2017

Last week I said we were going to the doctor on Monday because Marjorie’s hand and wrist hurt and looked swollen. I arranged for transportation to the doctor on Monday in hopes we could get in to find out what should be done about it. Monday morning I decided to call the Hospice referral line […]

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July 16, 2017

This week has been another learning experience. When I was a young woman, I watched my grandmother, who was a nurse, take care of her mother as she was dying at age 93. It was difficult to watch my great grandmother declining day by day….eating and drinking less and less, moving less and less, fighting […]

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July 9, 2017

The nurse aide at Cardinal Hill was right. My back is sore. And so are my upper arms and shoulders. But hey, I have been sore before the same way from things like pulling weeds and gardening. No big deal. But it does make me mad that Medicare would only pay for a cheap hospital […]

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July 2, 2017

A nurse for my mother in law told me that it is standard practice for a hospital or nursing home to ‘peel back’ medications that a patient is taking in order to determine if they are on the right medication and dosage. Sounds dangerous to me. Especially in my mother in law’s case. I can’t […]

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