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  • Thedogmama posted an update in the group Group logo of GeneralGeneral 2 days, 5 hours ago

    It has been a reflective week here. We attended a memorial service held at Tufts University by the medical and dental students to honor and thank those families whose loved ones donated their bodies so that the students could learn from them. A moving ceremony for all of us. Hubby, myself and our two children attended along with hundreds of…[Read more]

    • My husband told me he would like to do this when his time comes. We live about 90 minutes away from Tufts. I would like to learn more about this program.

      • Hey Hussey, thanks for the comment. Email me any time about this. I would be happy to talk to you. You can also look up Tufts Anatomical Gift Program on the internet and it will give you more information. They are really nice there and at UMass here in Worcester where I signed up my dad. I just blogged about the experience so you can read a little…[Read more]

  • MimbyNYC posted an update in the group Group logo of GeneralGeneral 5 days, 6 hours ago

    I am tired, really tired. My 89-year-old mom is slowly declining, cognitively and physically, and it’s sad to see. We now have to cope with pressure sores because she doesn’t get out of bed as often. I’m also dealing with my 87-year-old aunt’s continued foot-dragging on getting her papers together and finding a home for her 64-year-old…[Read more]

    • OOOHHH! You’ve had such a long, tough haul. If you could get the situation settled with your cousin, then you could at least let go of some of the worry. Have you talked with an elderlaw attorney about options?

  • MimbyNYC posted an update in the group Group logo of GeneralGeneral 3 weeks, 3 days ago

    My mother’s female caregiver told me today that she won’t be coming back because of continued ill treatment at the hands of my mom’s goddaughter. I am SO upset! My mom loves and trusts G* and feels comfortable with her. I was just starting to feel like I could concentrate on getting my aunt’s situation in order (along with her schizophrenic son)…[Read more]

    • OOOHHH!! Oh, my gosh, what an upsetting situation. Was the caregiver able to share specific examples? Any chance she’ll give you time to sort through the situation? What a nightmare. Ugh.

    • Is this the first you are hearing of the problem or has it been ongoing? Is there any way to speak with the goddaughter and let her know how her behavior is having negative consequences for her godmother? How extremely frustrating.

  • Janet posted an update in the group Group logo of GeneralGeneral 1 month, 3 weeks ago

    I am still here, I have been think there are groups you hope you never have to joined: breast cancer support, caregiving support gro and grief support group. All three groups help me in their own separate way. I am trying to get my life back on track. I have been very luckly that mom has been doing well. Me on tne other hot to good, have taken…[Read more]

    • I’m soooo glad to hear from you, Janet. Boy, are you right about those three groups. You’ve had such a devastating time! I’m thinking of you and keeping you in my prayers. Keep us posted as you can.

  • steviedee posted an update in the group Group logo of GeneralGeneral 1 month, 3 weeks ago

    My buddy came home from the nursing home this past week. He’s had stomach problems for the past day which stinks,but he’s getting around OK and keeping hydrated. This was rather sudden but we’re coping ok, which I can live with

    • Hi Steve-How are you guys doing okay? I’ve got my fingers crossed that the stomach has settled.

      • Well, the stomach seems better in that he hasn’t been moaning. But I’m really sorry scared that he’s becoming dehydrated. We may be back in the clutches of the health care system sometime soon.

  • Janet posted an update in the group Group logo of GeneralGeneral 2 months ago

    Sorry haven’t bren around much, mom has had to care for me this past week. The stress has finally gotten to me. Beside being down to 98 lb, I got a UTI this week which end me in the hospital for couple hours to rehydrate me. First time I was super glad my sister in law live so close.

    • I’ve been thinking of you, Janet. How was the cruise? I’m glad you had the support and care you needed this week.

  • steviedee posted an update in the group Group logo of GeneralGeneral 2 months, 2 weeks ago

    My buddy is back in the nursing home/rehab. He basically understands why he needs to be there, which is a huge improvement from last week when he was pulling his IVs out.

  • steviedee posted an update in the group Group logo of GeneralGeneral 2 months, 2 weeks ago

    Hi all. So my buddy’s doctor called and said he’d been asking when I was coming to visit. Right away, I said.
    He was glad to see me, and we had supper together. I feel so relieved!

    • Oh, Steve!! What good news!! I’m so glad to hear this. Phew!! It’s such a worry when we hit a sour note. So glad all is back on track.

  • steviedee posted an update in the group Group logo of GeneralGeneral 2 months, 3 weeks ago

    My buddy, who I’ve been helping since his stroke almost 6 years ago hit a very rough patch right before Christmas when he broke his leg. At the time he fell,he was also in kidney failure.
    Since then he’s been bouncing between the hospital and a nursing home.

    In recent times days I seem to have become the face of everything thats wrong in the…[Read more]

    • Oh, gosh, Steve, you’ve been through the ringer! I’m glad to see you but so sorry for all you’re been through. I wonder if @pushingpetals @keeppassingtheopenwindows @parkscoleman @janshriver and @lillie can share some helpful thoughts.

      Perhaps you could call the charge nurse in the hospital for updates but keep your distance for a few days.…[Read more]

    • I’m keeping a low profile. I Expect to hear from the case Mgr before too long. In the meantime, I’m getting some long overdue house workdone!

      • Great idea! He’s in good hands so you can focus on the house. :) I always feel better when the house is clean.

        • I certainly agree with Denise. There comes a time when other people with a more clinical view can accomplish something new and helpful. You are doing the best thing as far as I can see. Allowing yourself some space will help him the most in the long run, anyway.

    • I, too agree with Denise and Jan. He is in good hands and it is a good time to take a little time to breathe and focus on something else, get some distance and clear your head. In my own experiences, sometimes a little space has worked very well for me in similar situations, especially when my mom/dad was in good hands with hospital or nursing…[Read more]

  • Janet posted an update in the group Group logo of GeneralGeneral 3 months, 1 week ago

    Ok a quick note wr had a celebration of my hubby life today, but it’s still hard. I will try to write a sit might help me.

  • Janet posted an update in the group Group logo of GeneralGeneral 3 months, 1 week ago

    My world is broken right now, John, my hubby of 34 years was killed in a one RV accident. Right now I have more questions then answer. Will write more when I know more.

    • Janet–I posted a comment and because I can’t give you enough comfort, wanted to write to you here, too. I’m just so sorry. What a horrible tragedy. We are all thinking of you, praying with you and holding you close.

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  • Mamadanz posted an update in the group Group logo of GeneralGeneral 4 months ago

    Hi everyone! I’m new here and thought I would take a moment to introduce myself – where I’m currently at and just start to explore the site more…

    My husband and I have been married 40 years (how did that time go by so quickly?) and we have five adult children – four of which still live with us. We are animal lovers and have pretty much all…[Read more]

    • Hi MD–I’m so glad to learn more of your story. Oh, gosh, the worries seem multiplied for you. I wish I could take a few off your shoulder. :) We totally understand the fears, especially the fear of finding a caree dead. It’s the reality of the day, which just sucks. If you’re up to it, please feel fee to start blogging. It can be a huge relief…[Read more]

    • Mamadanz — thank you for sharing your story. Clearly you have a heavy burden to shoulder. It is difficult enough to be a caregiver for one caree, let alone two. I completely understand the feeling of being in a financial pressure cooker. We constantly struggle to make ends meet on my income. You are so right that critters help keep you sane.…[Read more]

  • Mamadanz joined the group Group logo of GeneralGeneral 4 months ago

  • MimbyNYC posted an update in the group Group logo of GeneralGeneral 4 months, 1 week ago

    Juggling all the parts of my life–caregiving, new boss and construction at work, repairs at my mom’s house, arranging for my mom’s car repair, and, oh yeah, getting ready for knee surgery next week, cleaning my home–it’s totally exhausting. Making the holiday for my mom and other family members is a nice idea, and much appreciated, but I realize…[Read more]

    • It is completely exhausting. Are you having knee surgery next week?

      And, Merry Christmas!! Always great to see you. :)

  • isabella posted an update in the group Group logo of GeneralGeneral 4 months, 1 week ago

    Thank you for the invite into your group. I have been a caregiver since July 2014 to my mother. She suffered a severe stroke in April 2014 and I have dedicated my life to help her back to hopefully full recovery. She is 79 years old and is making a remarkable recovery. I am so proud of her. I have been using “thought-therapy” as I noticed…[Read more]

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