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First Year with the New Blog

Well, I have written a funny story about my Dad nearly every day for a year. It's hard to believe there have been that many light-hearted or funny stories in a year in the life of a thirty seven year old Alzheimer's Caregiver. What started as a blog to help me take a positive approach to […]

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Who Moved My Pants?

David and I rarely get the chance to watch a movie, as we are very sensitive to the fact that Dad has a hard time following a plot. Last night, we were all geared up for another night of "Everybody Loves Raymond" when I noticed Dad was in his room. When I asked him what […]

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The Blind Leading the Blind

David woke me up at 6:00 this morning and asked me if I knew where his glasses were. Now if you remember, Dad lost his glasses a while back and has been carrying around an old pair of mine.  He does not wear them, he just likes to have them.  (Click HERE for the whole story […]

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School’s Out Today (Even for Dad)

Today is a rare snow day in Winston-Salem, NC. Dad woke up to let Comeer outside and I told him to start getting ready, as I had planned for him to "volunteer" at the Adult Day Center today. "But it's a snow day!" He whined. "Okay." I relented.  "You can go back to bed." He […]

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Does an Alzheimer’s Carnival Have Candy Apples?

This is my entry for the Alzheimer's Carnival sponsored by the wonderful people at Alzheimersnotes.com: I dreaded having the "big three" conversations with my Dad: You can no longer live at home alone, we need to sell your house and you can’t drive anymore.  Then I realized because Dad has no short-term memory, I can […]

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Warm Room, Warm Heart

We took Jessica home to Asheville (7 hours round trip) last night and when we got home, the house was really cold (65 degrees but Dad likes it around 78 degrees). Dad started looking for his ceramic space heater about 11:30pm.  "Sorry Dad, I loaned it to Beth to warm up an art project.  Will […]

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Goodbye Poly-blend!

Dad has a few pairs of pants made of polyester.  I have been slowly culling them out since he moved in with me, but somehow he manages to find a pair and put them on. My secret is to tell Dad that Katie is coming to take the "good" clothes to the dry cleaner, and […]

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Good Thinking

I was driving home from dinner last night, and I remarked that after a day with a bunch of kids, I was ready to go to sleep. "Please wait until we get home." said my Dad.

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Sweet Victory

Today we went to David's nephew's 8th Birthday party. In order to preserve Dad's dignity, I always ask him if he would like to join us wherever we might be going, although he must go because he cannot be left alone. Until today, he has never turned me down. I guess the thought of 10 […]

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The Pot Calls the Kettle Black

Dad "volunteered" at the Adult Senior Center again yesterday.  I picked him up around 5:15 and he was talking to another old guy in the back of a big activity room. As I walked up, Dad introduced me to his friend Carl.  He was also a Korean War Veteran so they had plenty to talk […]

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