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Language Barrier

It seems that Dad is nearly incontinent now.  He really tries to make it to the bathroom on time but does not make it all the way to the "finish line" before it is time to go. I was lamenting to a friend of mine that life as I know it is going to change […]

Best Year Ever

Dad and I were discussing the fact that today is New Year's Eve. "I hope 2011 is a great year for us." I said. "This past year has been the best one I can remember." said my Dad. So true. May all of you have a stress free New Year!

Senior Texting Codes

ATD: At The Doctor's BTW: Bring The Wheelchair BYOT: Bring Your Own Teeth CBM: Covered By Medicare CUATSC: See You At The Senior Center BFF: Best Friend Farted FWIW: Forgot Where I Was FYI: Found Your Insulin GGLKI Gotta Go, Laxative Kicking In HGBM: Had Good Bowel Movement IMHO: Is My Hearing-Aid On? LMDO: Laughing […]

Stuck in the Woods for Weeks

Dad (gasp) is finally (knock on wood) out of the woods. Starting in September, he has had one hospitalization after another.  First there was the new pacemaker, then the urinary tract infection from hell (alzheimers + catheter = 13 days in the hospital) and a touch of pneumonia to round out the Autumn. Dad was […]

Both Hands

Dad finally went to the bathroom alone today.  Whew. Since I have no biological children, I have never experienced the joy involved with successful independent toileting.  Until today, that is. After eight LONG weeks of Dad's urinary tract infections, resulting hospitalizations, and subsequent weakness, Dad finally felt strong enough to venture in to the bathroom […]

Lower

Dad got another UTI and we have been battling it for the last two weeks.  Since KnowItAlz is supposed to share the "funny and lighter side of caregiving", I decided not to write any blogs during that very un-funny time. Now Dad is better and I was explaining to my friend why I have not […]

A Renewed Drive to Drive?

Dad stopped driving in 2004 when he got lost while taking his dog to the vet. After he moved in with me, I kept his car outside with a "dead battery" for a few months until he finally stopped asking about it.  He has never mentioned driving again over the past six years.  He always says that […]

Worth His While

Since Dad has been home from the hospital, he has been very weak and tired. I've tried everything I could think of in order to keep him awake, but with little luck. "How about if I get you a Playboy Magazine?" I asked.  "Will you open your eyes then?" "How about If you get me […]

Up is Better

Dad was finally released from the hospital and we are both exhausted.  I went back to work and Dad mostly slept all day.  He's back on his normal schedule now, peeing and pooping at at both the required volume and frequency (enough said). Even though he has only awakened in order to eat for the last […]

My Dad is now my Mom

Dad is still in the hospital (ugh) but is supposed to be released today. Yesterday, they were putting some compression stockings on his legs to help the swelling he gets from his congestive heart failure. He has been wondering all week why he is wearing a dress (hospital gown), and when the nurses put the […]

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