Traveling Together

Choosing to Live and Not Just Survive

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Happy 4th of July on a Lonely Day

Happy 4th of July on a Lonely Day

It's the Fourth of July, our national celebration, and I admit I really would love to be part of a party or a group.  Lately I've found myself struggling with loneliness.  It comes with the territory.  The cumulative exhaustion of many years of caregiving is so far...

Testing for Covid

Testing for Covid

Lately I've struggled so hard to get out of bed.   The fatigue has been rough.  My muscles tense and sore.  And I've had other issues though no coughing or fever.  But concerned I called the health clinic and told them my symptoms.  They told me I'd better come in for...

The Family Doggy Died

The Family Doggy Died

It's a sad day when your family doggy dies.  Mom cried for a few days and she kind of knows and kind of doesn't.  All day she kept calling to the doggy and telling the doggy to be careful.  She sort of knows and sort of doesn't. I think I'm affected more than her. ...

Hide the Before and After Photo

Hide the Before and After Photo

I always want the before/after photo where the "after" looks amazing.  I didn't get that recently. Prior to this journey someone thought I was 18.  I had looped that number twice and then some.  And after years of caregiving someone the other day thought I was almost...

Back Pain and Caregiving

Back Pain and Caregiving

I moved recently and during the move I wrenched my back somehow.  I've been bent over and hurting for over a week now.  And it makes caregiving really, really hard.  Hard to bend over, hard to lift her up, hard to transfer her.  Harder still is her constant needs that...

Mother’s Day 2020

Mother’s Day 2020

The only thing that looked worse today than my mom was the family dog who has perhaps only days/weeks left to live.  Mom was tearful, fearful, confused and her legs just didn't want to work.   Getting her in and out of a car is becoming much more difficult. We went on...

Remember the Picture

Remember the Picture

There are days like today where I feel like we are under the most severe caregiving issues of anyone I know.  There are many things people don't know about in this journey.  I feel crushed as I have many times, beyond the ability to keep going on.  And yet I remember...

A New Prayer

A New Prayer

When this journey happened upon us years ago, I began to research and saw that most LBD people died from aspiration/pneumonia.  The family had to decide whether to put a feeding tube in or let them die of pneumonia, starvation and dehydration.  I was utterly horrified...

Thicker for Better Hydration

Thicker for Better Hydration

I have made mom fruit smoothies in the past from frozen bananas and whatever fruit I had.  She can drink a lot of it.  But give her water and she sips.  The problem is that her dehydration is making her groggy, mentally out of it and not well.  Then it hit me. ...

Shoes and Swelling

Shoes and Swelling

Pititng edema is normal in the feet of those with LBD.  The feet swell.  Then they return to normal.  Then they swell.  And back to normal. What I didn't realize for some time is that mom was complaining of a lot of foot pain.  So finally we decided to go get some new...

We’re Going Right this Time

We’re Going Right this Time

Such good news today.  Mom can now walk at 50% which I hope will reduce some of the burden.  It's been tough for the last 3 1/2 months to do every single thing for her.  I'm glad she's not cranky about but certainly the demands are high. Tomorrow we leave for...

The Orphan Train

The Orphan Train

After swimming we decided to take a spontaneous trip to Concordia, KS and see the orphan train museum.  So many young lives in the gutters of New York orphaned and re-homed across the US.  Clark did everything possible to make sure they were in good homes.  About 80%...

Picture Care Phone Review

Picture Care Phone Review

In the heat of the tough days, we bought a picture care phone for my loved one.  Soon thereafter she made a dramatic turn for the better and has stayed there for the last 6 months.  It ended our need for the phone but we have it around just in case.  Although we...

Aquatic Therapy for the Elderly

Aquatic Therapy for the Elderly

Aquatic therapy is an amazing form of therapy for loved ones.  Although be cautious if your loved on suffers from dementia.  You have to gauge the diagnosis and status of your loved one to know if it is a good fit. But if it is, there are many good things with water. ...

Medical Alert System Review

Medical Alert System Review

The time came for us (or perhaps is past time) to delve into the world of medical alert devices.  My loved one is getting more mobile after a nasty hip fracture and is getting more freedom.  At the same time, I'm tired and didn't take the time to do a lot of...

Medical Disclaimer

The Material in this website is not in any way meant to be medical advice. ASK YOUR DOCTOR for any, all and every medical situation and need.

In order to be able to display images I have needed to become an Amazon Affiliate. What this means is that when you purchase through this site, I receive a small commission. 100% of anything I will give to my loved one. I want her to get back what was taken from her through illness.

Medical Disclaimer

The Material in this website is not in any way meant to be medical advice. ASK YOUR DOCTOR for any, all and every medical situation and need.

In order to be able to display images I have needed to become an Amazon Affiliate. What this means is that when you purchase through this site, I receive a small commission. 100% of anything I will give to my loved one. I want her to get back what was taken from her through illness.