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“I Have to Go”

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I was folding and putting away clothes at the end of the day, as I often do, using the bed as my folding table. Cindy watched from under the covers as she often does. She looked a little out of … Continue reading

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Being Human

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I interrupted my guitar playing to escort Cindy to the bathroom. The timing was early but she had a look about her. Sure enough, she had an accident. No big deal, that happens almost daily at this point. While she … Continue reading

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Mothers Day Milestone

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We had just finished our shower, getting ready in case we went out for Mother’s Day. I swerved Cindy’s legs around to sit on the portion of the shower bench that was outside of the tub, where I dried her … Continue reading

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Avoiding Depression

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This was a morning that happens about once every two months, cleaning up a considerable mess. Once every two months is not often, for which I am grateful, but this time during the clean up I noticed how much muscle … Continue reading

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Cruising Norfolk in the Datemobile

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Pedicab season is here again, but I’ve been remiss not to mention what tided us over in the interim. February was unseasonably warm in Norfolk, warm enough even to get Cindy outside, as long as I found a way to … Continue reading

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Pedicab Resurrection

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Charissa climbed into the pedicab aside her Mom and off we went for the Easter service at church. Last November, when I put the pedicab into storage, I did not think there would be another pedicab season with Cindy. On … Continue reading

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Difficult Journey

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Motivated in part by folks seeing a pedicab all about town last summer, with the potential of another pedicab season ahead, our local newspaper the Norfolk Now did an article on us in their latest issue (Click the title to … Continue reading

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Savoring

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Cindy lies on our bed as I go through her range of motion therapy. First I bend and swivel her legs, then her arms. I do five reps for each of 12 exercises, counting each rep out as I do … Continue reading

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“Hold Me”

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Many mornings I ask Cindy if she slept OK. Even when I know she hasn’t she will answer with a cheerful “yes.” On March 10, 2017, for the very first time, she answered “no.” As far as I could tell … Continue reading

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The Fall

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Cindy had remained in her chair the whole time a companion was over, the chair I call the throne. I help Cindy off the throne just before I sit down on a bench to play guitar.  I get her up … Continue reading

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