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Everyone Was Sick But Me

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My husband started with a high fever last Friday that lasted for a couple of days. He’s still dragging a bit and coughing, but was back to work on Monday. But on Monday, Mom got sick – no fever, but coughing and congestion and a feeling of great misery. My son has had a fever for the past few days – he seems sicker than Mom, but happier. It seems like a miracle that I ...

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Early Onset Alzheimer’s at Age 48

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(Editor’s Note: We welcome Andrea to our blogging team today. You can connect with Andrea on her profile page: @mimiluv44.) This is my first blog entry ever. I am 47 years old. My husband is 50 and was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease at age 48. It took three years for a correct diagnosis and two trips to Mayo clinic, each one year apart. We met when I was 17 and have three children, ages 27, ...

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My Mom’s Story

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(Editor’s Note: We welcome Jen, who cares for her mom while raising her three kids, to our blogging team. Jen also posted a question about moving her mom in our Q&A section. You can connect with Jen on her profile page: @jen.) My mom has not had an easy life and has struggled with alcohol and nicotine dependence for most of it. She’s only in her 50’s, but in the fall of 2013, she suffered ...

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The Many Faces and Ages of Caregiving

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Many times I think our society thinks  of caregivers as middle aged with aging parents or spouses .Although that is true there are many children and young adults who are thrown into caregiving roles. My kids who are now in their early 20’s have helped me care for my grandmother when she was alive and now my mom as well.They have over ten years of experience with medications, food prep,laundry care and companionship. Of course ...

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Caregiving, Cruises and Mrs. Haversham

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As the holidays approach I have mixed emotions on what to expect from Mom during the festivities. This past week end we hosted an epic baby shower for my son and his girlfriend. I considered it a dress rehearsal for the upcoming holiday season. With my new addiction to Pinterest and vintage shabby chic decor (see how I made them on my website), I think I went over board on the decorations. I made so many that ...

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The Burrito Generation

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“The enemy is in front of us, behind us, and we are flanked on both sides… they can’t get away from us now.”  Marine General Chesty Puller Chipotle restaurant recently opened a store in my town. For the first couple of weeks, wait times to get in averaged over an hour with lines out the door and circling their building. For those unfamiliar with Chipotle, it is a high-end Mexican grill type restaurant with a ...

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Ribs, Roses and Respite

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Well Mother’s day was about two weeks ago. I always dread it. Either I end up with out-of-town relatives that expect ME to cook when they visit or they want me or my husband to order out. This year I told them to visit mom on the  Saturday before Mother’s day because I wanted to have a day where I could enjoy my own kids and not do things for everyone including them. I told them my ...

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The Accidental Gardener

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It is very unfortunate that some medications combined with an illness can cause our caree to become delusional and lose track of time. This morning, my mom, Grace, thought she was up and gardening and hurt her knee. She laughed at me when I told her that she has arthritis. I had to go along with it and I told her the yard looked nice. I think my husband got angry because he spent all  morning mowing ...

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Goodbyes, Hello, and Love

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The two hardest things to say in life are hello for the first time and goodbye for the last — Moira Rogers I read the above quote this week and thought it a perfectly fitting expression. Several members of our caregiving family are dealing with the saying of goodbye and I know from past experience, this isn’t easy. My heart goes out to each and every one of you.  My only encouragement is to be ...

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The Alien in Our House

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My husband has dyslexia, so he’s never been a reader. He peruses the newspaper (yes, we still get a daily paper) and if he reads anything, it’s an article in the business section. My husband doesn’t like to swim. He grew up in a house with a pool, was certified as a diver, was even a lifeguard, but has always told me he doesn’t like to swim. Over the years I’ve seen him lounge in ...

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