Mom Update: May 2013

Many of you know my mom has advanced dementia, had a major seizure in April, and has been receiving hospice care ever since.   Hospice has been trying to reduce her restlessness and bring more sleep and calm into mom’s life.  It’s been a trying time during this hit or miss process of adjusting meds, […]

Graduation Celebration Procrastination

Saturday Allowed to help in dorm room, make small dent. Attend graduation luncheon while Jake’s $900 mountain bike is stolen from his vacant suite. Jake looks for bike and makes unproductive police report. Take advantage of Jake’s unfortunate distraction, make BIG dent. Wonder where I went wrong as I’m engulfed in piles of dirty clothes […]

Bird Watching and Dementia: A Beautiful Idea

Teaching a child not to step on a caterpillar is as valuable to the child as it is to the caterpillar.  ~ Bradley Millar My mother loves all animals.  As I watched my mother and father take in strays, rescue and care for injured or abandoned wildlife, and stop to assist various creatures off the […]

It Is What It Is: Pat Summitt – Accepting Reality, Finding Peace.

My brother-in-law shared this inspirational video of Pat Summitt, who recently retired as Head Coach of the Tennessee Lady Vols, due to her diagnosis of early-onset Alzheimer’s disease.  Now I’m not a basketball fan, and I don’t know much about Pat Summit other than what I’ve just learned, but I like her. As you’ll see […]

Calgary Couple Rises Above Early-Onset Dementia

I stumbled across this short video of a dear couple in Canada who are living with early-onset dementia.  The husband was diagnosed in 2008, and his wife is his caregiver.  The wife’s gentle spirit is so beautiful.  And the two of them together make me feel like I’m witnessing love of the highest order.

Mom Update: February 2013

There are no mistakes, no coincidences.  All events are blessings, given to us to learn from.  ~   Elisabeth Kubler-Ross “I think your mom has about a year,” is all I remember from my first visit with mom last week.  I didn’t get a chance to ask questions until our Care Meeting on Wednesday, but by […]

Gratitude: A Prayer Meditation

I’m going home for a week on Saturday, and I’m preparing for my trip by selecting two pair of shoes that will go with six different outfits and plow through slush and snow. I’m also mentally preparing for the changes in my mom that are sure to be evident, and for my ability to join […]

Minneapolis Bound: February 2013

Next Saturday I fly from the cold state of Virginia to the freezing cold state of Minnesota.  With one friend going to Puerto Rico this month and another on a Caribbean Cruise, I can’t help but wonder if I have it backwards by heading north.  But this is what it’s come to — my airline […]