Recognizing the Signs of a Heart Attack

Our family and friends recently descended on our parents’ house like a pack of swarming bees. Within a week, mom and dad were host to eleven adults, five dogs and one very spoiled grandson.  Between visits from Santa (who had to use a door vs. the roof), the cutthroat games of Scrabble and the amazing smells coming non-stop from the kitchen, we were fortunate to notice that something wasn’t right with dad....more

The Invisible Man

After his fall, my husband was hospitalized with traumatic brain injury (TBI) and a very high blood-alcohol level.  Given those two factors, complicated by the immaciated body and unshaven, unclean person that emergency room workers were presented with, it was clear he was being labeled  a deralict.  Not on paper; not out load; but in the minds - and behavior - of the staff charged with his care....more

It only hurts when he laughs.

I knew it wasn't going to be easy.  Coming back to an estranged husband after his accident, only to find "my" home in a state of complete and utter filth;  blood-soaked pillows and urine-soaked linens stuffed in garbage bags in the garage; trash piled on countertops and cigarette butts in every toilet.  All this, thanks to the woman who claimed to care so much for him after I left.  You see, he fell one night taking out the trash and hit his head.  She left him lying, bleeding, in a bed for three full days before calling an ambulance.  ...more
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Protecting Children from Childhood Trauma

By Nancy Heath, Ph.D., LMFT Director,  Human Development and Family Studies Programs at American Public University...more

Testing

Zayne's sweet side

It's when you're not feeling okay that you would know how kind and caring some people would be. Especially if it comes from a child.In the past few days I’ve been under the weather with coughing and a runny nose. My primary doctor said it is a sinus infection. Whatever, it brings me down and I don't like it....more

Zayne and his medicines

 THERE are good days and bad days with my five-year-old ward Zayne Mojica. Of course, you know him as the hero in My Nanny Stories.The rough days are when he's got a cold or fever because of an infection in his ears due to his love for swimming in either the family pool or in his swimming class....more

Book Signing A Success

My book signing yesterday was a big success from my point of view. A lot of people came and bought books and listened to my readings and lecture about how you heal from sexual abuse. I got good feedback about it all. Some people told me how personally helpful it was. That was the point of doing it. And spreading the word about sexual abuse and what it costs people. I am pleased. I want to do it again, farther a field. Any suggestions about venues?...more

The Morning the Egg Exploded

 I am at my mother’s condo, staying with her for the foreseeable as she recovers from her second hip replacement. And, since these are early days and Mama is kind of loopy on pain meds, I am responsible for pretty much everything, from helping her in and out of bed and fetching her hearing aid to adding ice to her occasional bourbon....more

Sometimes It Helps If Mommy Leaves

 Yesterday Kaylee threw a huge screaming fit about going to dance class....more