Maria

  • Maria commented on the post, Painful Chests 1 day, 1 hour ago

    Denise,
    My heart brakes for you! Your dad has been through SO much! I applaud you & your mom for wanting to talk to the doctor about your dad’s latest condition. ER’s are NO fun!!!!
    Hugs!
    Maria

  • Maria posted a new activity comment 1 day, 6 hours ago

    Oh no Denise! Hoping everything is ok!
    Maria

  • Maria posted an update 1 day, 6 hours ago

    I need help I have a client who is having trouble with constipation. He’s on thicken liquids & doesn’t like to drink water as it has to be thicken. Everything I normally do doesn’t work as he has restrictions with the thicken liquids.
    Thanks! Maria

    • My dad drinks a “cocktail” of orange juice and prune juice. He’d have to thicken, though.

  • Maria commented on the post, A Busy Summer 1 day, 21 hours ago

    Sharon,
    SO glad you are getting away. I had a girls weekend last weekend & really enjoyed it!
    Maria

  • Good News!
    Phillip is looking for a doctor that takes Medicare as she is running out of medicine. We are keeping our fingers crossed that something happens. We are also going to remind him again!
    Thanks Denise!
    Maria

  • Hi to all!

    I’m feeling very frustrated right now! I had a great weekend with 4,000 women from all over the country from my women’s group at church–LWML (Lutheran Women Missionary League). Not only was it fun […]

    • Hi Maria–Oh that is so frustrating! I think it’s really hard to be an observer–to watch as another suffers when he doesn’t have to. :( That kind of situation is a true test of patience.

      • Good News!
        Phillip is looking for a doctor that takes Medicare as she is running out of medicine. We are keeping our fingers crossed that something happens. We are also going to remind him again!
        Thanks Denise!
        Maria

  • Delia,
    Your husband sounds like a gem! Mine was the same way when we were dealing with my Grandfather & Aunt. I couldn’t get through what I went through if I didn’t have his support!
    Maria

  • wren,
    Sorry for the taking so long in replying to this I was out of town for a convention for my women’s group for church this past weekend.
    Philip is 53
    He has applied for Medicaid and has been accepted which was HUGE for him. He has applied for food stamps but got frustrated at the process and gave up!
    He does have any advanced directives…[Read more]

    • Sure thing, Maria. It’s so helpful that we can listen to one another and provide support over the miles. I hope you enjoyed the convention! Glad to know your friend is at least inching forward with lining some things up that can help him, and relieve you and your husband of some of the worry! I know what you mean about the frustration of…[Read more]

  • Wren,
    He lives by himself. One of the many things that makes this situation SO bad is that Phillip is a hoarder and lives in the basement as it is the only place in the house that is not covered with things. He has fallen a few times since he has been home which is about a month. He wouldn’t go back to the surgeon who did the surgery as he owes…[Read more]

    • Maria, I have a few questions, all geared toward a hope of helping in some way:

      1. How old is he?

      2. Has he contacted social services in his area for assistance, like a social worker to go out to his house and set to motion some solution(s) that would address the health hazard(s) and potential danger to himself and the home, which means…[Read more]

  • Wren
    I SO relate to what you are going through! We have a friend whose brittle diabetic and has been in the hospital twice in the last year. Last year he had some toes amputated from his left foot and this year he had all of his toes on his right foot amputated. He’s a hoarder and doesn’t work. He has a brother that he doesn’t talk to him so we…[Read more]

    • Wow…Maria, your story about your diabetic friend who’s had to have toes amputated is awful! It’s weird but, though Jack is not diabetic, he has toe issues he says are hereditary, where they lay on top of one another (second toe over big toe, mostly, but on both feet). Now that he’s getting thinner and his arthritis is advancing, he says he’d…[Read more]

      • Wren,
        He lives by himself. One of the many things that makes this situation SO bad is that Phillip is a hoarder and lives in the basement as it is the only place in the house that is not covered with things. He has fallen a few times since he has been home which is about a month. He wouldn’t go back to the surgeon who did the surgery as he owes…[Read more]

        • Maria, I have a few questions, all geared toward a hope of helping in some way:

          1. How old is he?

          2. Has he contacted social services in his area for assistance, like a social worker to go out to his house and set to motion some solution(s) that would address the health hazard(s) and potential danger to himself and the home, which means…[Read more]

  • Maria commented on the post, Finally! 2 weeks ago

    YEA! I’m SO excited for you & your mom!
    I hate when family members make promises & then don’t follow through!
    Maria

  • Denise,
    I’m SO sorry to hear about your mom. With all that you have been through with your dad and then you have this with your mom, Do you think that some of this could be for the stress of what your dad has been going through? My prayers are with your family !
    Hugs!
    maria

  • Maria commented on the post, Man…That Sucks 3 weeks ago

    Tom,
    What a wonderful blog! I can totally relate to this & it’s SO true but SOOO hard to do!
    This was just what I needed today!
    Maria

  • Maria commented on the post, Changing Places 3 weeks ago

    Sally,
    Thanks for sharing. I went similar things with my Grandfather. He was in the hospital for Pneumia 7 years ago & they kept him for a second night & he knew that I was the reason that he spent the second night and wouldn’t talk to me for three months! My mother (his daughter) lives in Northern Virginia and we live in Kansas. He was always…[Read more]

  • The last two months have been busy, busy!

    I finished my first term as the president of the women’s group at my church in May and have started to work on my second term. The new year starts in September and I […]

    • Thanks for the update, Maria. I’m sorry about the loss of your fellow church member. Phillip and your father-in-law certainly put you through your paces.

  • Denise,
    Thanks for this post it explains so much about Hospice. Hospice is a wonderful service!

  • Maria commented on the post, Grandmaaaaa!! 3 weeks, 3 days ago

    That touches my heart! What a great young man your nephew is you must be very very proud!

  • Larry,
    I am beyond upset at the song and dance you are getting from the rehab center. My Grandfather was on dialysis and i know how important diet is. You have continually told them what they need to do and yet they continue to ignore it. Kudos once again to you for all that you have done to not only improve your mother’s care but also the care…[Read more]

  • I loved this post!What a eloquent post and what a blessing you are to your mom.
    Prayers to you & your mom!
    Hugs & prayers!
    Maria

  • Maria commented on the post, SOS 1 month ago

    Oh Jen I’m SO sorry! I wish I had a magic wand that I could wave and make everything better. What does your mom do during the day? Have you considered having her go to a Adult Day Care? If she doesn’t do anything during the day maybe if she had something to do during the day she would act better. Has she always been difficult? Any injury to the…[Read more]

    • Jen replied 1 month ago

      Thanks for your response Maria. To some degree, she’s always been like that. She and I lived on other ends of the country for more than a decade before her stroke, but we got along so well over the phone and on visits that I’d forgotten how she was in person.

      She and I have talked about finding an adult daycare when her disability coverage…[Read more]

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