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Background Story VIII

Weddings are rather like babies being born and people dying. One cannot predict when they will happen. Of course, each may be forced to happen at a certain time, but that is not always for the best. And so it was with our son and his bride. They had met in Washington State, while our […]

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Background Story Part VII

The cost of the adult day center was reasonable, much less than  home care or a nursing home. Most adult day centers charge the same amount today that they charged in 2007 because Medicaid has not given them an increase in their reimbursement rate in over 10 years. Medicaid pays 10.28 per hour, and most […]

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Background Story Part VI

We do not know what happened to Lawrence’s mother and father’s money. We knew they had inherited an ample amount. But when Lawrence and I took them into our home, it was gone. Like many families, Lawrence’s family had never talked about money, which I believe is a grave mistake for families to make. Through […]

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Background Story Part V

During our bedtime ritual one night the first week that Mom and Dad Gridley lived with us, I noticed that one of Mom Gridley’s legs was pinker than the other one when she was in her nightgown. She always wore slacks during the day, and socks and shoes. Even at night, she wore socks with […]

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Background Story Part IV

I heard noise in the kitchen early the next morning. I found Milford in there trying to make coffee, but instead he had just made a mess. He asked me if I had seen the young people that had spent the night in the living room. He said a young man and two young girls […]

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Background Story Part III

Lawrence and I both had the opportunity to attend an art conference in New York City in March of 2007. We took our youngest son, Jacob, and had a marvelous time. It was the first time I had ever been to NYC and the city seemed even more wonderful than what I had heard about […]

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Background Story Part II

Milford enjoyed good health until he was 65 years old. He awoke one day to find a strange rash on his body. He was diagnosed with a form of leukemia. His eight pound spleen was removed and his health improved. A few years later he had an ongoing battle with prostate cancer, and then after […]

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Background Story – Part I

In October 2007 Lawrence visited his parents by himself, again buying them groceries and taking them to the doctor and other places. He finally convinced his parents to sign a form allowing him to talk to his father’s doctor. His father’ health had deteriorated further, but Lawrence still would not take away his license. They […]

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