Today is March 23, and we have been living comfortably and slowly furnishing the apartment.  Mom and Dad are healthy considering the circumstances. Dad’s heel sore (ulcer) is taking some time to heal.  We went to the wound center last week as the alerts and closures started for the coronavirus.  Dad was very impatient as…

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It was 6:01 on February 26th when the electrical fire at Mom’s house forced us to relocate and adjust our lives to our new surroundings.  After the firefighters extinguished the fire and the cause/origination was confirmed, the captain approached me and offered resources to contact for help, Red Cross and Board-Up.  My parents had no…

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I wrote this 10 days ago on February 27, 2020.  I have been caught up in the eye of the storm where everything around me is swirling and I remain absolutely calm. Chapter 2 A new beginning!  This is the next installment of my caregiving journey.  My parents have consumed my life.  Since Dad had…

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The parents didn’t make it to church last Sunday.  They overslept and it was probably for the best.  I don’t think Dad could have made it through the service so early in the morning.  A good night’s sleep would have been in good order.  Instead, he had a fitful night and whined for something to…

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My parents are going to church on Sunday.  This will be their first public outing since Dad fell on January 4th.  This was a good week with a few ups and downs but overall very positive.  The occupational and physical therapists for Dad, home care nurse, palliative care, and Mom’s evaluation for occupational therapy kept…

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Dad went to the orthopedic surgeon who performed the surgery for his partial hip replacement today, Friday, February 14th. Great Valentine’s gift. X-rays are good. He still has to remember certain rules: don’t cross your leg, don’t bend over at a ninety degree angle, don’t raise your leg past a ninety degree angle, and listen…

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On Saturday, February 8, the health aide came to look at Dad’s pressure sore on the heel.  Just before the health aide took Dad to the room, the physical therapist arrived.  The prognosis was not good.  It looked worse this morning and the other heel was beginning to develop that dreaded black spot when it…

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Mom had a doctor’s appointment yesterday, Feb. 7, 2020.  It was her follow-up for the swollen wrist and the fall outside the emergency room.  I was going to take her after breakfast but Dad wanted to go. I reminded him that he had to stay in bed.   Doctor’s orders. He saw the podiatrist the day…

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Dad was admitted into the hospital for pneumonia on January 30th.  On February 3, I was going in to physical therapy when Dad called and said he was going home.  Mom was with her caregiver and I knew I had to be there, but I didn’t know the time frame.  I decided I was going…

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After two days at home, well not even that, Dad is back at the hospital.  Dad came home Tuesday morning January 28th.  It was an uneventful day, the home nurse came by and checked the pressure sore on his heel, blood pressure, oxygen levels, and temp.  All were normal.  After dinner, Sonic of course, Mom…

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Dad came home from rehab on January 28, 2020 after falling on the 4th of January and breaking his hip.  He was anxious to get home and worked hard during therapy to get better.   Mom greeted him at the door.  She wanted to stand when he came home.  Dad immediately went to his room. …

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Happy New Year?  Heard that phrase a few times, but not much.  Missed my black-eyed peas for New Years Day and every other traditional meaning went out the window never to return.   My days were filled with caregiving.  Mom needed additional help after hurting her shoulder while dressing a couple of days before the New…

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