Bad News, Good News about Dementia

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My daughter Serena has her own blog; her most recent post shared her understandable concern for what may happen to her in the future, given her family history of dementia. Lately my posts have veered away from any brain health … 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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One Step Forward, Three Steps Back

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We celebrated Cindy’s birthday on Sunday at our usual haunt: The Wood Creek Bar and Grill. We invited a few family members and the local companions who have been visiting Cindy. We would have invited more but I knew word … Continue reading

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Caregiver Vignette – The Stairs

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We are at the bottom of our stairs. Standing up one step from Cindy I drape her forearms on top of my shoulders. I reach down and cusp my right hand behind her left knee. Her leg is limp and … Continue reading

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Caregiver Vignette – The Good-Bye

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Our two daughters are home on New Years Eve, despite the fact that there won’t be much celebrating in this household. As her caregiver I’ll get Cindy ready for bed around 10:00, way before the ball drops at Times Square.  … Continue reading

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Caregiver Vignette – The Date

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I carefully tugged one sleeve of Cindy’s winter coat up her right arm, my body leaning against her from behind to make sure she did not topple over. The second arm always is the more challenging, but I managed to … Continue reading

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Glee

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I started typing this while watching the comedy-drama series called Glee. This was one of the first series we started binge watching during Cindy’s “early retirement” years, brought on by her dementia. The events of the past week lead us … Continue reading

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