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EXTREME Caregiving: Another Day

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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 Family, Sans Parents, Meets

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My four siblings and I met last Sunday (February 8) to talk about our parents and their current and future care needs. We met at our sister’s home for brunch and began the meeting with a champagne toast. A sister-in-law joined us (the only spouse to take part although all were invited and included) so we numbered six. Our meeting went well–we shared updates, information and commitments to help and support each other. We’ll meet ...

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EXTREME Caregiving Day 2: Trying to Take Care of Me

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As I’m stepping back a little,I’m realzsing everything I’ve been doing. I’m still here for my sister-in-law, but this weekend I’m support staff lol, not head caregiver while we try and forge ahead and try and find balance especially for me. Hospice is a weird thing, for most it is a few weeks as you say goodbye to your loved one, hopefully at home. I was prepared for that with SIL but I really didn’t ...

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Mom’s Two Cents

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This week has been so incredibly difficult. My mom is back on another round of antibiotics for C. diff. (I think I will blog about this experience separately as there are some comical components in it.) On top of all of the routine (and not so routine) caregiving, I will be driving eight-plus hours to ensure that my mom, my daughter and I see one of my sisters. For context, Sister #3 shared Mom’s caregiving duties with me until May of ...

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Evaporation of Friends and Family

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(Editor’s Note: Today we welcome Kristin, who cares for her husband, to our blogging team. You can connect with her on her profile page: @kittyedm.) Three years ago my spouse was diagnosed with severe spinal arthritis. He has multiple disc herniations and suffers from cervical and lumbar spondylosis. He suffers from muscle weakness, limb numbness and severe nerve pain. He has been pursuing physical therapy, for years, with no improvement. Surgery is only an option ...

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TXTing While Moody

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Why can’t people keep their bad moods to themselves? I mean really! When I was younger my sister who is much younger would call me up and say nothing. I would ask her questions and I’d get monosyllabic answers. And SHE called me! She had no questions for me…not even a “how are you?”. This would go on until my apple of a brain was cored completely, always waiting for the  “So how are you?”  ...

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Keeping Your Seat at the Head of the Table

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A visitor to the website recently posted a request for help. My friend, she explained, and her sister are locked in a power struggle over who will be the No. 1 caregiver for their mom. My friend has been helping and caring for her mother for years. Now that her mother’s end is near, her out-of-town sister has arrived, gunning to take over. How can I help my friend, she asked? When you’ve taken care ...

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Ask Denise: How Do We Align the Family to Support Us and Mom?

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(Editor’s Note: As you know, we celebrated the 17th birthday of CareGiving.com last month. In looking back at how the website has changed over the years, I uncovered many past Ask Denise columns. I’ll re-run these columns regularly as I think you’ll enjoy them. This column originally appeared on CareGiving.com on April 24, 2000.) Dear Denise, Two years ago my mother-in-law moved in with my wife and me. She is 74-years-old and frail; however, she ...

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Ask Denise: What About My Sister?

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(Editor’s Note: As you know, we celebrated the 17th birthday of CareGiving.com earlier this month. In looking back at how the website has changed over the years, I uncovered many past Ask Denise columns. I’ll re-run these columns regularly as I think you’ll enjoy them. This column originally appeared on CareGiving.com on April 3, 2000.) Dear Denise, My Mom (74 years old) has had M.S. for many years. For the last 20 years or so ...

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Should I Call?

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Sarah cared for her mother until her mother’s death three years ago. She now cares for her father. Her sister, Claire, lives 500 miles away. When their mom became ill, Sarah called Claire with regular updates until Claire said, “I don’t need so many updates.” Sarah, miffed beyond words, stopped calling. Now, Claire calls their father two or three times during the week but she doesn’t call Sarah. This makes Sarah crazy. She would like ...

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