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Fear of Falling

My mom is in a nursing home for one reason: she is in a wheelchair now and can no longer stand up without help. None of us is strong enough to help. Mom fell too many times and the next fall might be the last. For her and many others, falling means reduced mobility and a…

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Me Bad

Hi, it’s Tango. Jane has forgotten how to write and conjugate simple verbs, thanks to “problems” with the blog site. While she sharpens her pencils, rereads Strunk and White, and clears the debris from her foggy mind, I will fill in. Here is the news: I am sick of city life. I should be herding grizzly bears in…

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Sanity Sewing

Taking care of crabby elderly parents is tough, physically and mentally. Healthcare system workers – even docs – can be grumpy and uncaring. The senior care system is abysmal. One night last week the dinner menu: bologna and cheese sandwiches (I eat with Mom every night). Add to that, parents always saying “WHAT” because they cannot hear.…

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The Great RV Nursing Home Caper

I escorted Mom to her primary care doctor on Friday. We shared with her some of the issues at the nursing/rehab center. Doc: Take them both with you. Me: Sputter, sputter. I am flabbergasted since she knows nothing about my traveling lifestyle, only that I live out-of-town.  Me: I live in an RV and travel…

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Homecoming Reality

Ongoing caretaker news! My stepdad Marvin is home from the rehab center. I can see the happiness in his soul. Still, coming home for Marvin is not what it was in his younger days, like coming home from vacation and experiencing the joy of sleeping again in your own bed. The surroundings are the same…

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Tangos Turn: Sunday Outing

  note: Tango is my dog and the following is his perspective   I won’t complain about being left alone while J visits the nursing home because she already feels guilty enough. Besides, we walk several times each day, and she plans special outings every week. She is trying to care for me too, and…