Monthly Archives: January 2014

Fear and Trepidation

My sister and I toured a second nursing home yesterday and came home to discuss and make a decision.  The first was a pretty for-profit place that costs and arm and a leg.  The second was older, non-profit, and a … Continue reading

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Weighing the Big Decision

Now that we’ve seen what a nursing home might be like, I am living day to day with my mother, weighing the good moments against the bad ones.  Really, it is more like the manageable ones vs the bad ones. … Continue reading

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Approaching the Next Step

Things have been getting noticeably worse, lately.  My mother is doing poorly with her toileting, and her attitude and ability to think straight are falling by the wayside as well.  She is getting up in the middle of the night … Continue reading

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One Big Failure

I had such good intentions!  I wanted to avoid the agonizing logistics of taking my mother to the hair salon for a perm, so I purchased a home permanent kit and set aside a day at home to do it. … Continue reading

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Setting Personal Goals

Taking care of my mother has been a growth experience for me.  I have observed my own reactions and have been surprised at how my mother can do things that really get my goat. I think I’m coming into phase … Continue reading

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Happy 89th Birthday!

Tomorrow is Mother’s birthday.  I have arranged to have an old friend of hers come to visit for lunch.  Their birthdays are one day apart (both the 89th) and in the days when my mother was still driving, they were … Continue reading

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Sitting Through a Deep Freeze

We are in the middle of that Polar Vortex, as it is being called, and my Mother has been pretty much sitting it out in her room.  We’ve had no appointments and the Council on Aging is closed due to … Continue reading

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