• Donna, you’re never alone. I tried finding you in the member list to send you a friend request, but couldn’t locate you. Send me one, if you can, and we can share our stories.

    Blessings to you.

  • I shared with my Parkinson’s Caregiver support group, and encouraged one woman in particular to consider blogging. From the time she was a young child, she has enjoyed writing. She journals now, as she cares for […]

  • When my mother was in the hospital last year, they loaded her up on a lot of meds she didn’t need and the overmedication produced a boatload of side effects. One of them was a feeling of fondness toward me. My mom […]

  • My lucky break would be getting another job that would allow me to work from home so I can continue to care for my mother. Whether it’s freelance or payroll wouldn’t matter, as long as I had some kind of income. […]

  • Is it just me? Or does anyone else hate being called pet names by strangers? Maybe I’m just old and crotchety, but it makes my skin crawl.

    Once the exclusive domain of teenage fast food clerks and balding car […]

  • Jan commented on the post, No Filter 1 year, 1 month ago

    You blessed me with this. Through this journey, I have been a “doer.” Now, nearing the end, I realize I just need to “be.”

    At the end of a long, sad day, this was just the reminder I needed. Thank you. […]

  • ThumbnailGardenias, to me, are a gift from God. Their soft, delicate pure white petals. Their shiny green leaves. And oh… that heavenly fragrance. I am at my happiest during gardenia season, which is much too short. Late […]

  • You call this place a hospital?!

  • Jan posted an update in the group Group logo of Caregivers CreateCaregivers Create 1 year, 2 months ago

    Been thinking about loss… sometimes sudden, sometimes achingly gradual…

    Here’s one way I interpreted it. I’ve included the original photo (so you can see what I started with), and the art piece, representing the slow fade. The quote is from an unknown source.

  • Okay, here goes… my best Staycation tip.

    I used to love to travel, back in the days when I was young and had the money to do it. Now, as a full-time caregiver, travel isn’t an option. And even if I could get […]

  • Jan posted an update in the group Group logo of Three PositivesThree Positives 1 year, 2 months ago

    1) I accomplished a lot early in the day
    2) I was able to take a short nap
    3) I joined this group

  • Jan commented on the post, Tears 1 year, 2 months ago

    Il, I do understand your feeling of not being allowed to have or express emotions. In my family, I am the only person who is actually in touch with their emotions. And if I dare to express them, I am judged and […]

  • What Denise said… courage and grace. You’ve done the best you could do. And you’ve finished well. Now you can turn your attention to your own health go forward, enjoying life as you said, one day at a time. God bless you.

  • il, your description of compassion fatigue is right on the mark. It’s so hard to put one foot in front of the other some days, isn’t it? And yet we go on. If only we could bottle that force that compels us to go […]

  • Every time I ask a question of a doctor, I disrupt. Every time I express an opinion, or God forbid, question a doctor’s decision or diagnosis, I disrupt. Every time I remove my mother from the care of an uncaring […]

  • Jan posted an update in the group Group logo of Caregivers CreateCaregivers Create 1 year, 2 months ago

    This one is called (appropriately) “Insomnia.” Not getting a lot of good sleep these days.

  • Jan posted an update in the group Group logo of Caregivers CreateCaregivers Create 1 year, 2 months ago

    This is called “Passage” and it represents a time of change, migration or transition. I shot the photo of the egret and worked it into a digital art piece using Photoshop.

    I don’t have a lot of time these days to devote to my artwork, but sometimes it’s the only thing that I can do that really makes sense… if that makes sense! On those days,…[Read more]

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