Category Archives: psychosis

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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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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Long Term Carelessness

In the process of caregiving, one thing that simply can’t be overlooked is dealing with insurance companies. It’s a hideous part of the role one must play. The hoops one must jump through, the forms one must fill out, the … Continue reading

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Wait Until Morning

This is what I must remember: tonight’s panic will be forgotten tomorrow. That’s how this nasty business works. Lately, Mom’s sundowning behaviors have been more aggressive, leading the staff at the home to call me to see if I can … Continue reading

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Repeat That Please

The definition of insanity is repeating the same action and expecting a different result. In my role as caregiver to both my mother and my cat, I visit the edge of insanity on a regular basis. My cat, Max, has … Continue reading

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