The Invisible Generation

Late one night in mid December, I stood in the check-out line at a Target store to purchase several children's toys for a holiday fundraiser. The line was moving slowly, and the people ahead of me were grumbling about the cashier's inability to move things along faster. I understood their frustration---my feet ached from being on them all day and I desperately wanted to be home in my cozy bed. ...more

Four Years Gone

It was four years ago yesterday that my husband went in for surgery to have his leg removed. There was nothing easy about the decision, but then, there had been nothing easy about keeping the leg that had been mangled in a motorcycle accident more than 30 years earlier. The timing was horrible for me; I was in my last semester of getting my Masters in Architecture at the University of Florida, a grueling program that required long hours and complete dedication. However, I could hardly ask my husband to wait after all the pain he had been in since the last failed knee surgery....more

I've been sleeping around and I'm exhausted

I vacated our marital bed two weeks ago after my husband underwent surgery to remove a growth in his ear. Neither of us slept much the night after the mastoidectomy. Peter was hyped up on steroids given to reduce swelling and catching up on all the cigarettes he couldn’t smoke during his ten hours in the hospital. I kept getting up to make sure he wasn’t bleeding to death. I ended up dozing in our recliner.When Peter finally crashed the following evening, I cautiously joined him in bed. The next morning, Peter encouraged my exodus....more

Help: Parenting Crisis

Still Grieving

I need to come clean.  My last post was about “living courageously,” but I’m finding that to be much more difficult than I had anticipated.  Despite my best efforts to be strong and happy and brave, I am actually feeling very broken and weak and tired....more

How to Manage Your Connection with Your Child to Help with Child Raising Challenges

Discover how to connect with your child with greater consciousness by understanding how connection between people works. Find your natural connecting style and learn how to choose the way you connect to help you with all types of parenting challenges. Connecting with your children and with other people is something we all do but is also something few of us understand....more

Facts on Alzheimer's Disease

Alzheimer's disease made it to the Oscars!I'm really grateful for the exposure and the awareness the dreaded disease will receive from the Oscar winnings! It's horrifying to all families and especially for those living with the illness. My dad lived with dementia. So, seeing Still Alice felt very familiar and it illustrated closely what our family lived through. Moore says she's grateful to have the opportunity to bring awareness to the disease, especially from the perspective of the one diagnosed with Alzheimer's. ...more
Mikettownsend HomeHero Thank you for RT! http://www.blogher.com/facts-alzheimers-diseasemore

LIttle bits of silly

Today has been a little bit harder than yesterday.  Only because Joetta has been, what appears to me, more anxious and not as settled.  She has looked, to the naked eye, as if she is awake. And yes, I would say she is.  Yet, our Joetta is not there.  However, I must admit, I got the chance to see old her again.  And I so wanted to share it with all of you that love her so much.  ...more

For the 'Sandwich Generation' - What to Consider When Choosing a Nursing Home

Like many across the country, my family is part of the 'Sandwich Generation'. According to a 2013 Pew research report, "nearly half (47 percent) of adults in their 40s and 50s have a parent age 65 or older and are either raising a young child or financially supporting a grown child (age 18 or older)." Being in that position means that sometimes difficult choices have to be made. After much consideration, my mother-in-law, who suffers from late stage dementia, was recently placed in a nursing home....more

Ask These before Hiring a Caregiver

Family caregivers must know how to hire a care agency and a private caregiver. After learning the questions to ask, you must research the ratings and data created by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid. It’s designed to keep your loved ones safe.  States do not require home care agencies to obtain a license or a certificate. But if a home care agency offers nursing care, the agency has laws, regulations, and  compliance guidelines to follow. ...more
lisamarieblaski That's an interesting thought!more