Monthly Archives: August 2011

Poor kid

“So you’ve got it on both sides? Oh my God, you poor kid!” The haircutter was digesting the conversation we’d been having about my life-long bouts of caregiving as she feathered my bangs. I had started with Mom, gone back … Continue reading

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Bee Here Not

Never count on life getting easier. Ever. I live in a beautiful area. It’s almost rural. We’re surrounded by trees, lakes, mountains, reservoirs and lots of critters. This past Spring, we had a carpenter ant invasion. It’s happened before, and … Continue reading

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Vestigial Impulses

As I set about the mindless task of changing my bed linens, I had a sudden urge to call Mom. Not Mom at Potomac, but independent Mom in Florida. Back in the days following my father’s demise, I would call … Continue reading

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It’s not a linear path

Author’s note: I first wrote this on my father’s birthday in December, but I never pushed the “Publish” button. In reviewing the post, I think it’s relevant. This was immediately after Mom’s first documented psychotic break. Mom’s first hired care-giver … Continue reading

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Not Guilty

As we left Mom on Sunday, I felt terrible. We had taken her out for a nice lunch, and she practically begged me to move her back to the last place. “Of course they all love me here. I’m the … Continue reading

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So Moving

After my brother’s visit to pack up the apartment, I got a text from him indicating he’d forgotten to take Mom’s walker. I told him I’d get it. I also wanted to see where we were at. I got to … Continue reading

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