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Aftergiving, Caregiving, and Divine Appointments

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If you follow my blog you know that I am a 40-something, sandwich generation caregiver to my mom, Grace, who suffers from mixed dementia. As I have mentioned before, her old church friends still visit her on Sundays and the deacons from her church bring her communion. This is a nice gesture because nowadays the elderly are forgotten and written off and in some countries euthanized. I joke about me being a Vulcan like Spock ...

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EXTREME Caregiving: A New Approach


magA few days ago I was at such a low point. SIL (as shared previously) was falling and we figured out it was attention seeking. I got so hurt and confused. I usually take things in stride, but I’m sorry to say I didn’t this time. The pressures of the situation caught up I guess. I was so sad, so disheartened by that. Just WHY when I do everything I can to help her? SIL ...

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EXTREME Caregiving: Another Day


Oh lord…the antics continue. Today she’s worried “the guy” is going to force Mom and SIL into prostitution. lol Mom’s 64 and SIL looks 84. lol Whomever “the guy” is, he’s an idiot and quite obviously I’m going to have to change the channel in her room! Haha She’s always watched crime shows so I’d keep the tv on her shows. Looks like I’m putting on Nickelodeon,Law & Order SVU is out! I hate to ...

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The Odyssey (or Why I Never Want to Go to Houston, TX Again)


Movement Disorder. Such an ambiguous “diagnosis” it is, and it can be brought on by so many various conditions, medications, injuries, the list goes on and on; and, when you read about it, the description(s) are almost like reading a horoscope in the back of a newspaper (Oh, that describes – insert name here). ┬áMy Wife’s Neurologist has been trying his absolute best to nail down, exactly, what is causing her steady physical and mental ...

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Tell Us: When Was Your Last Blow-Up?


Oh, we try. We bite our tongue. We take time to heal our broken caregiving heart. We pay attention to when we feel loved so we keep that feeling. But, it’s inevitable simply because of how much our day asks of us. We run out of patience which means we lose our temper. We blow–turning red, stomping our feet, clenching our fists and saying words we often later wish we could take back. The guilt ...

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Webinar Follow-Up: How Will You End the Drama in Your Day?


Yesterday, I shared six suggestions on how to end the drama in your day. I define drama as a relationship, activity, worry or habit that takes your eye off the ball. When you take drama off your life’s stage, you stay focused on your purpose. (Miss yesterday’s webinar? Watch the archive, Taking the Drama Out of Your Day.) So, I’d love to know: How will you end the drama in your day? Share your thoughts ...

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EXTREME Caregiving: Still Rolling With It


Just as we get the feeling our feet may be on solid ground…whoopsie. I forget it’s more like quicksand! I think I need to steal my husband’s Indiana Jones fedora and maybe dodge a boulder. SIL’s behavior continues to be erratic but some things are better. It is sometimes hard to see when she’s REALLY sick or just wanting attention and being manipulative because there is both going on. All she wants is ME to ...

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EXTREME Caregiving: The Saga Continues


Definition of insanity: doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results. SIL physical condition continues to improve beyond all expectations but good God, any reasonable behavior is sorely lacking! Mom and I had a baby shower to go to and left SIL with a trusted babysitter while my son was also home. Far be it for us to think Mom and I could leave the house together for four hours! SIL caused ...

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Tell Us: When Do You Panic?


Some days, I hit my panic button so much I think I’m going to wear out my right hand. I try so hard not to panic. But, a bad night’s sleep or an unexpected problem or unwelcome news lures me into panic mode. I’m curious: When was the last time you panicked? When do you typically panic? How did you overcome the panic? Tell us about when you last panicked in our comments section, below.

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