If you follow my blog you know that I am a 40 something, Sandwich generation caregiver to my mom Grace who suffers from mixed dementia.As I have mentioned before,her old church friends still visit her on Sundays and the deacons from her church bring her communion.This is a nice gesture because nowadays the elderly are… Read More Aftergiving Caregiving Sharing and Christianity
As the holidays approach I have mixed emotions on what to expect from Mom during the festivities… Read More Caregivging , Chardonnay,pinot noir and Cruise ships Oh My!
Well it’s been a long road but somehow through dealing with mom’s dementia, my lack of sleep our new dog escaping every morning at 2am and other shenanigans: I finally obtained my Web /Graphic design degree. Returning to college at 40 something was intimidating at first.That changed quickly. I ended up taking to it quite… Read More Dementia Dogs Diplomas and Design
Happy New year! I haven’t blogged in a while. The real world has a lot going on in it. Near the end of this rant I have a special PSA just for pet parents! I am so glad the holidays are over.Receiving the wrong gifts, fruit cake oh my . I ended up switching presents… Read More Gift exchanges,bad dogs and lawn chairs is it just my house?
If your family and friends are like mine whenever there’s a family event wedding, funeral, birth day BBQ someone will start reminiscing about things that happened. If they are tipsy or have Dementia things that MAY not have happened are now fact .These untruths are reborn and are told with more passion and descriptive imagery than… Read More Outlaws dementia and chickens. Some family stories are lost in translation.
It’s Saturday night here in Silicon Valley. I’ve been married 23 years so Saturday night isn’t a big deal. Apparently it isn’t a big deal to my young adult kids that still live here either. Um they’re both home one has his girlfriend here so I have an extra one. Oh and my 85 year old… Read More What is this Empty Nest I hear about ? Advice to parents don’t make your house too comfy. Start now people before it’s too late.
I am the youngest of two sisters. My oldest sister is 16 years older than I am. She is very stylish a world traveler and all around conversationalist. She is “The most interesting woman in the world” My other sister? Well she’s 13 years older than I am very eclectic and I’ll leave it at that.Then… Read More Caregiver Canine Couture What’s in my caregiver closet and why should you care?
You shall not sweep! Photo Credit Me and my Dog Rusty. I know that I always tell other caregivers to take breaks during the day. I don’t always follow my own advice. My husband, kids and some neighbors tell me to get out more, I don’t always have to be doing something for Mom,… Read More Does your dog read your blog ? Oh no ! My dog ate my housework.
As a caregiver to a mom with vascular dementia I have come to the realization that, over the years, I have become sort of numb and unexcitable during an emergency. I wonder if that’s a bad thing. It seemed to work for Spock. I hadn’t thought about it really until mom’s last ER visit. The… Read More Am I becoming a Vulcan ? Caring for elderly parents with Spock
Here in Northern California it has been really hot. Unfortunately some days my mom, Grace, closes her vents if the air is on. She is always cold and wears layers of clothes that we have to peel off her at least four times a day. I try to explain to her that she will have… Read More Who Stands By You When it Hits The Fan? Literally . Caring for Family with Dementia.