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Tit for Tat?

Dad had a small heat stroke this weekend (don't you wish you lived in NC where the weather is so warm in February) and had to make a quick trip to the emergency room. When the ambulance came, there was a cute female EMS worker that was in the back, and I rode up front. […]

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It’s Contagious!

I recently started going to night school to get certified as an Activities Director for people with Alzheimer's and other types of dementia.  David and my friend Peggy have been taking turns hanging out with Dad while I am in class at night and on Saturdays. This morning, I asked David if he had any […]

Walkin’ Man Walks

The latest thing that Dad and I are "working on" is his use of his walker. What I mean by "working on" is what particular quirk makes me want to kill him on any given day. Tonight, I asked him why he was not using his walker. "I don't know where it is" He replied. […]

Life’s a Beach

Dad had his first delusion (that I know about) last night.  We were writing out our Christmas cards, and he asked how long it had been since we had seen our dear friend, Marge (82 years old with Parkinson's, yet  acts like she's 25." You see her once every couple of weeks." I replied. "Do […]

Old Style

Dad usually goes to bed a short while after I do, as he likes to watch the late news in his room. I went into his room today and turned on the television, wanting him to see a dog on a TV commercial that looked like his dog, Comeer. When I turned on the TV […]

Family Ties in the 21st Century

I was talking on the phone last night, and as usual, Dad wanted to know who my caller was. "It was David's ex-wife's third husband's father.  His younger sister died yesterday and I was offering my condolences." "Now in this day and age, it that a relative close enough that we would send flowers to […]

Unforgettable Day

Today is my sister's Birthday. Dad remembered. When I called to sing "Happy Birthday", I told her that Dad had asked if he sent a card to Nancy for her Birthday.  She sounded surprised and very happy. I feel like I got a gift for her Birthday!

Male Escort Available to Raise Money for Camp?

Jessica is attending a special camp this summer for teens who have a parent or grandparent with Alzheimer's.  She went last year, and really enjoyed camping activities, the break from the disease, and  the opportunity to be with people who know what she is going through with my Dad. Click Here to see the Video […]

OUCH!

I use the TIVO a lot for Dad so I can record TV programs that he likes, or football games we won, shows that will put him in a good mood. Last week, Oprah Winfrey did a show about talking with your teens about sex, and since Jessica is 14, I figured I'd better watch […]

Senior Slave Labor Comes to an End

One of the effects of the economy on our family is the loss of our daytime caregiver.  Carlie was the one that helped with Dad while I am working at my lighting job from 8:00 a.m until 5:00 p.m. She also helped Dad fold towels and load the dishwasher to keep his skills keen, all […]

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