A Shoutout To My Vietnam Vet Brother

NaBloPoMo Post #26Alton ~ ~ ...more

Our PANDAS story, part 2

Our PANDAS Story Part 1...more

The Things They Don't Tell You About Alzheimer's

A phone conversation with my mother:Me:       Mom. Hi. It’s me.Mom:   Oh, hi. Janet’s here with the dog. (Janet being my sister, the dog being a German Shepherd puppy, just the thing to add that badly needed chaos to an otherwise peaceful elderly day.)Me:       Why did she –Mom:   [to Dad] No, Eddie! Don’t give him that.[to me] Daddy’s trying to kill the dog with chocolate....more

If a gift falls in the forest...

If a tree falls in the forest and no one is near enough to hear it, does it make a sound?If a gift falls into the hands of someone who immediately forgets she's received it, does it make an impact?I have to admit I have to remind myself that there is joy in giving, that it's better to give than to receive, that I should give wholeheartedly expecting nothing in return. And, yet, I struggle in giving my mother gifts, even the gifts of a phone call or visit. It takes so much out of me, gives her nothing but confusion and, perhaps, a moment of joy. Or so it seems....more

Curing the Common Core

Many, many years ago, in an all-but-forgotten world where Merlin was considered an innovative gaming device and razor blades in Halloween candy went undiscovered until you’d sliced open your esophagus, I passed second grade.  Easily, if memory serves. ...more

Life with Dementia

My name is Erin and I have a mother who is suffering from Dementia. Recently she has been diagnosed as Dementia WITH Parkinsons. As if life wasn't already hard enough.I write about tips on my regular blog but I wanted to write something for Blog Her. I don't know if there are others who have time to read about caregiving. Most of us are busy 24/7 trying to make sure our parents or loved ones are comfortable. ...more

The Beauty of Alzheimer's

“Beautiful place,” said my father, looking around admiringly.  “Nice very nice.  Beautiful place.”“It sure is,” agreed the attendant behind the wheelchair.  Quite charitably, I might add, because this particular hallway of the local VA hospital was not what I or anyone else could realistically call “beautiful.”  ...more

I almost left nursing because of one patient, but then...

Start of shift, life is grand. Fully staffed and no super sick patients, then it goes to pot. I am told by an angry family member that I should go work in fast food because I am black hearted and soulless. All because I spoke up for patient safety. This was after being held up for two hours by a distraught family member... maybe its time for a job change....more

Depression Follow Up

I actually saw the doctor about my depression.  I use "actually" because I almost never go to the doctor, at least not for an ailment.  Usually the long wait time to see a doctor exceeds the duration of any medical condition that sidelines me. The appointment didn't go the way I'd hoped.  That's probably because my wife was there with me. ...more