A man and his dog - stroke care

Stroke Care and the Caregiver

I was reminded today at the pool how much caregiving for strokes could be a whole page unto itself.  With typically half the body incapacitated, it offers unique challenges just as every other diagnoses does.  The good news with strokes is that latest research with neuroplasticity is that new neuronal paths grow.  That means there can be improvement–sometimes greatly so and sometimes just a bit.  But it takes repetition, repetition, repetition.  But don’t get discouraged.  In the meantime here are some helpful tips, resources and tools specific to stroke patient care.

The Terror of Overheating

The Terror of Overheating

Several times my mom has gone bonkers wanting to call 911, screaming, hitting the steering wheel when I'm driving, etc... I finally realized it was because she was getting too hot.  It seems like being too cold is uncomfortable, but being too hot is worth panicking...

The Prayer

The Prayer

When I read LBD blogs of the dying process, it is nothing other than horrible.  From the beginning, this is the thing I've dreaded the most.  It's a horrific death. I have prayed that my mother would die peacefully.  Or some other way than choking, gasping for breath...

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...

Last Time by Karen Kingsbury

Last Time by Karen Kingsbury

This is about children, but I feel it can also be said of my mother.  One day I will have my "last times," and I won't even know that it will be the last. "Long ago you came to me, a miracle of firsts. First smiles and teeth and baby steps, a sunbeam on the burst. But...

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...

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