Category Archives: delusions

The Gray Line

Mom seemed to be settling nicely into her new home. I was glad she found a boyfriend (and as per her recent pattern, soon dumped him for another). Then her falls started. The first one yielded a bruised hip. X-rays … Continue reading

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Oh Look, He’s Licking My Toes!

As I headed to my office, I went through my mental checklists. I was grateful that the weather was clear, even if it was frigid. I would go home around noon, and pick up Mom’s fur for her to wear … Continue reading

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Seeing Through The Anger

Visiting my mother is not easy. I have to do it. I need to monitor what goes on at her group home and make sure she’s getting everything she needs. Vigilance is required, because things change: Mom’s condition, the staff, … Continue reading

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Shedding Light

“Can you believe she’s my sister?” Gabriela* smiled patiently as she looked at me and tried to answer Mom’s query. “Well, it’s probably a little easier for her to believe I’m you’re daughter, Ma.” My mother tends to think of … Continue reading

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Super Model

Due for another appointment with the retina specialist, I went to Ramsey to pick Mom up and bring her to the doctor’s office in Wayne. Up in her room, Sugar* was helping Mom get dressed. Of all the gals who … Continue reading

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Rock Star

“Tracey, can you please talk to your mom?’ Oh God, what now? Mom had called an hour ago, and she was irrational and angry. She had hung up on me in disgust, unable to express the cause of her distress. … Continue reading

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Don’t Get Old

Facebook has its uses. I’ve met a variety of people online over the years, and the ones I’ve never met in real life are often the most provocative. After all, the reason we “met” was that one of us somehow … Continue reading

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