Caring for Grandparents

It’s Time for Update!

I am keeping busy, mostly with work during the school year. I enjoy hosting our weekly bible study group, getting together monthly with former co-workers, hosting friends overnight and traveling to San Diego to see my son & his wife several times a year. Lately, I’ve been watching a friend’s house/cat/plants/yard. He has been very…

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So Scared for the Road Ahead

So, I hope I found the right place to get support. My grandfather has dementia and he lives at home with nurses and my grandmother. My grandmother and my mother have been my grandfather’s primary caregivers, I suppose. I’m worried about the stress that it is causing them and I know that they feel like…

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Memories of Last year, Sitting Here

November 9th, I am traveling to the 2nd Annual National Caregiving Conference in Chicago. As I wait for my rescheduled flight, I was thinking about what happened last year in this same spot. I am traveling to Chicago from Fresno’s #1 airport, again. Last year, my Dad was not doing well, on Hospice, being cared for…

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Balancing Spinning Plates

Sometimes life reminds me of the circus act where the person is trying not only to balance plates on skinny little sticks (which is a feat in itself) but also spin them. Each one of those plates has a certain aspect of your life that you’re trying to handle and you’re frantically trying to keep…

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Late Might ER Run

First of all I have to say that I love my grandmother.  Not only is she my grandmother she is also the woman who raised me solely on her own since I was 3 and she’s my best friend.  I tell her everything except for the things that concern her caregiving that annoy me.  At…

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Caregiver: What Does It Really Mean?

A family member or paid helper who regularly looks after a child or a sick, elderly, or disabled person. There are times that I feel guilty calling myself a caregiver.  I read the stories of what people go through and I think “damn, I have it lucky”.  Gramma is able to get up and get…

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In Answer: What’s Your Worst Experience in the Health Care System?

I’ve mentioned this before but it still just royally ticks me off. When my grandmother was in the physical therapy portion of the health center (nursing home) recovering from her mini strokes she was suppose to be getting physical therapy twice a week. By the second week there she had seen the physical therapist once…

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Doing Better

I apologize for my lack of entries, to be honest there hasn’t been much going on. Just the same ole same ole. Gramma finished her PT and OT back on June 19 and they say there is nothing more that they can do for her. They’ve given her the tools and now its just up…

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Going With The Flow

It’s been quite some time since I have posted so I thought I should update. My blogs are for me to remember what was going on in life but also to share thoughts and invite comments/wisdom if any! I finished my last day of work for the school year and the next day was MIL’s…

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A Good Check-Up Ending on a Sour Note

Right now I don’t know if I’m frustrated, wanting to cry or just royally ticked off. For awhile now Gramma has had a trigger finger. It’s not exactly a comfortable situation and not the best finger to have it in (middle finger). While she was at South Gate one of the PT women grabbed it…

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When it Rains it Pours

I like to try to be a responsible pet person and summer time means a fight with fleas hits a new level. So I put flea drops on our cats. The flea drops contained etofenprox a derivative of pyrethroid and the package was just for cats. So I put them on the cats Sunday night…

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Tougher Than a Pine Knot

I grew up in a town in the Missouri Ozarks called Mountain View.  It was not home.  Home was a town by the Mississippi that could be reached in a day if we left early in the morning and came home late at night.  Mountain View was a place in the highway we went to…

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Overly Cautious

I sorta poofed for the last week or so and I honestly didn’t mean too.  Everything has been good since seeing Dr. Boyd last Friday.  We had meant to go to the local Memorial day car show on Saturday but the weather was acting up so we stayed home. Sunday started off pretty good with…

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