Author: Caregiver in the Raw

Fearful of Offense

Our loved ones are in such a vulnerable situation and they feel it 10x more than we do.   How this manifests is that they are over-the-top fearful of upsetting us, making us mad, or displeasing us.  Our reassurances do little to lift this fear.  Even our encouraging words do not do much, although every one of these kindnesses is needed. But imagine that you are completely helpless and at the mercy of everyone around you.  That is terrifying.  So it’s no wonder there’s so much fear of upsetting you.  And with dementia this fear is deep-seeded, irrational, but very, very...

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For the first time in her life my mom has beautiful fingernails.  All the vitamins combined with work that doesn’t ding them, her nails are long and lovely.  BUT, I’m thinking more and more that it is time to trim them low.  Why?  Because underneath the fingernails a lot of bacteria can gather, especially for older ones who struggle to get them clean.  I could give her a manicure every day so that is an option.  But there’s also the issue of her scratching herself.  Not that she has, but it’s a possibility. It seems so simple as they are just...

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The Last Day of 2019

I remember the beginning of this year.  January.  We had a hospitalization and things were really hard.  Really, really hard.  And I thought, I don’t know if there’s enough strength to make it through January.  How will we make it the whole year? And here it is.  The end. If I had one word for this year it would be a “grind.”  Some days are like that.  So are some years. There have been sacred moments of sweetness with my mother.  We only get this season once and I’m grateful for it.  And for all the times I lost patience,...

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Christmas 2019

I’m so happy to be with my loved one.  Another Christmas.  No, everything was not easy and peachy.  In fact, every day is difficult and hard, a mountain to overcome.  But always it is worth it.  Harder I think will be the days without her.   It’s something I think of often. I also think often of 2020.  Everything seems to point to it to being a life-altering year.  There are at least 5 loved ones I know that very possibly could slip into eternity.  But you never can predict who that will be in any given year.  Could even be...

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