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Parental Journal 84 from Planet Elderly – Starting a New and Likely Difficult Chapter

Tuesday, March 7, 2017 – early evening Mom has been living “independently” for over a year and as a widow for 4 ½ months.  Neighbor/assistant Kevin has kept an eye on things and in recent weeks has tried to get … Continue reading

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Parental Journal 74 from Planet Elderly – Happy 90th Birthday, Mom! No More Driving

  Saturday, August 13, 2016 – afternoon Tomorrow I drive back to Grayslake, Illinois to spend some time with Mom and visit Dad.  Mom turns 90 on August 16.  Rather than feeling dread, I feel resolute.  I’ve done a lot … Continue reading

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Parental Journal 73 – Trying to Recharge in Missouri

Thursday, July 21, 2016 – noonish I’ve been back in Missouri five days and I still feel unsettled…on edge most of the time.  There’s this constant nagging question, “What are we going to do?”  There’s no simple answer; just have … Continue reading

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Parental Journal 72 from Planet Elderly – Trip Back to Missouri Delayed

Saturday, July 16, 2016 – early morning After last night’s trip to Condell Immediate Care Clinic, I decided to stay a while to make sure Mom’s leg wound swelling goes down and that she manages the schedule for when to … Continue reading

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Parental Journal 63 from Planet Elderly – Respite Time Back in Missouri for a Few Weeks

Saturday, June 4, 2016  mid-morning This is the view I see each morning at my new rental place.   This is the view I need to see each morning.  I feel so fortunate to have Mom’s neighbor, Kevin, as part of … Continue reading

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Parental Journal 61 from Planet Elderly – Heading Back to Missouri to Recharge

Friday, May 13, 2016  evening Time to recharge.  The situation here is not ideal, but it is stable enough to let me go back to my regular life for a while. Diagnosis of moderate dementia has been received. Mom denies … Continue reading

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Parental Journal 59 from Planet Elderly – We Survived Mother’s Day at Olive Garden

Mother’s Day – May 8, 2016  – early morning Alaska, Anyone? Been dealing with Mom’s continued confusion about money matters, but after each thorough explanation she settles down for a bit.  A day or two later, we have the same … Continue reading

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