When you're a caregiver, they tell you to make sure and put your needs first. I have a one word response to that. How? We've all heard the instructions on the airplane. In case of an emergency, air bags will fall from above and you should secure yours first before helping someone else with theirs. … Continue reading Me First?!?
My mother-in-law has now been in the hospital for nine days. She is supposed to be getting out today. They were going to transport her by ambulance so we came on back to get her clean clothes back to the nursing home. It's now after 6:00 p.m. and she still isn't on the road! We … Continue reading Tired. Just tired.
I have to say that writing really is the best therapy. I shouldn't have spent the money to set up this site but it was an incentive to get me to write. It's the one thing that has stayed a constant in my life and can calm me down faster than a piece of chocolate. … Continue reading Dark and Stormy Night
This is just simply getting ridiculous. You would not believe what the last three days have been like. There are days when I wonder how this is even my life. It's hard to imagine that so much can happen in such a compact amount of time. I had to take my mother in on Thursday … Continue reading Stop raining on me!!!
We've all seen those articles talking about things learned from a pet. I'm sure we've all also said, "Yeah, right! What can you learn from your pet?" Well, I found out this past week that it can be quite a bit. We had to take in my mother-in-law's dog, Buddy. Buddy is a very gentle … Continue reading Lessons from the Cat
The one thing you should expect when it comes to aging parents is the unexpected. Though I really can't truly say this was unexpected since we kind of knew it was coming. The signs were all there. Yes, I got a call from the hospital at 6:00 a.m. saying my mother-in-law was confused and needed … Continue reading Forecast: Unexpected Squalls
The road to caring for parents got a bit more bumpy today. We went to the hospital to check on my mother-in-law and found her suffering some from delirium. We actually expected that to happen. What we weren't expecting was the news that Assisted Living would not provide enough care. We have to go with … Continue reading Forecast: Increasing Fog
I woke up this morning seeing things clearer. Yesterday we had to spend the day in the ER and then the hospital with my mother-in-law. Then we had to bring her dog back home with us. To say that we have mad cats is an understatement! He turned the cats into chickens within seconds. The … Continue reading Forecast: Thunder with a chance of rain
Today was the day that we were going to be moving my mother-in-law from Assisted Living to Independent Living. She has been doing really well but her dog was not taking to the Assisted Living facility very well. I really should say that several people there weren't taking to him well. We found a beautiful … Continue reading Forecast: Windy with Change of Direction
Sometimes the bad times that keep knocking us down are simply the hurricane of life hitting us.