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Parental Journal 82 from Planet Elderly – Christmas Visit 2016 – Toilet Paper Caper, Frozen Food, New Shoes and Growing Concerns.

Monday, December 26, 2016 – afternoon Toilet Paper Caper Two days before I left for this trip, neighbor Kevin called and asked if I was sitting down. Turns out Mom’s sewage pipes were clogged and water was overflowing from the … Continue reading

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Parental Journal 80 from Planet Elderly: Mom Is Safe, Comfortable and Lonely

Saturday, December 3, 2016  late morning It’s been about six weeks since I left Illinois so that Mom could begin her life as a widow living alone.  It was clear that she is most comfortable where she and Dad made … Continue reading

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Parental Journal 75 from Planet Elderly – Mom’s 90th Birthday Present to Herself: Passing Her Driving Test (Yipes!)

Wednesday, August 17, 2016 – Evening What can I say?  The gal’s got guts.  After seven failed attempts previous to this visit, I took her to the motor vehicle place today thinking this would do it; this would convince her … 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 71 from Planet Elderly – Maybe a Bit of a Breather

Friday, July 15, 2016 – evening Things are in place so that I can take a breather and return to Missouri for a few weeks, but it could also be cut short.  I drive back to Missouri tomorrow with the … Continue reading

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Parental Journal 70 from Planet Elderly – Anger, Confusion and Root Beer Floats

Tuesday, July 12, 2016 – mid-morning The past couple days have been a roller coaster of emotions again—for both of us.  Pretty normal for families in our situation.                I Resigned from Project Driver’s License Mom failed her third attempt last … Continue reading

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Parental Journal 69 from Planet Elderly – Second Attempt to Pass the Driving Test

Thursday, July 7, 2016 – late morning As I type, I’m waiting for Mom and Kevin to return from her second attempt to pass the driving test.  I’m nervous. She and Kevin attempted to do this yesterday, but the line … Continue reading

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Parental Journal 68 from Planet Elderly – Mom’s Date with Tarzan

Thursday, July 7, 2016 – early morning Sometimes there are bonus days, and yesterday was one. Dad was quite groggy and unresponsive during our morning and midday visits.  By 4 p.m. we were sitting in the living room.  Mom was … Continue reading

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