All weekend, I was excited for Tuesday. We didn’t have one single doctor’s appointment or place to be. The calendar was completely empty. I was determined that Mom and I would have just a fun day. I got some rocks ready to paint, got a jar that we could decorate, Skip Bo cards, a puzzle,…

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My mom has Alzheimer’s. Words you never want to hear. Something you never want your loved one to go through. It has been a year since we had the “official” diagnosis and we have settled into a nice routine with mom living with my husband and I. Each day can bring challenges, and together, we…

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In the chat room the other day, we were talking about down time and how elusive it could be and how needed it was and the differences. Made me think about the catalysts for down time. We always talk about need for self-care and “our” time and how important it is for us as caregivers.…

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This past weekend, I had the greatest gift….the gift of respite. It has been quite a journey to get to the point of asking for, receiving and accepting respite. I’ve also learned how blessed I am because not all caregivers receive this gift, so I appreciate it more now than ever. Over the course of…

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My holidays have turned into a box of Kleenex (or as my great niece would tell me…a tissue because Kleenex is a brand!). I came down with the sinus crud that is going around before Christmas and my husband and my Mom have been hit hard with it since Christmas. Our house sounds like a…

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(Editor’s Note: We welcome Cathy to our blogging team today! You may have connected with Cathy in our chat room as she helps moderate the morning chat and regularly attends the afternoon and evening chats. Please feel free to connect with Cathy on her profile page: @cathyj.) In May, my life became a puzzle. Mom…

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