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It’s All Right

My mother had her feet solidly on the ground.  She wasn’t a dreamer, didn’t believe in  fortune tellers or the supernatural, but she did have occasional intuitions that were spot on.  One of those intuitions was about my future. As I … Continue reading

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Good care

The hospice nurse, doctor and social worker were here for Bo’s six month evaluation.  Their conclusion: “If he didn’t have such good care,  he would be in much worse condition.”  Hospice care will continue for him because he shows multiple … Continue reading

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Most of the Time

I stepped back into our bedroom this morning to check on Bo before I went downstairs, and there he was,  standing beside the bed, struggling to pull a pair of pull-up shorts over his head like a shirt. “What are … Continue reading

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Swallowing

We know that swallowing is one of the difficulties to expect in Boris’s decline.  In fact,  the inability to swallow and choking are sometimes the cause of death.  The brain simply forgets how to do it. Although in many ways … Continue reading

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Sundowning in the Hospital

I just got tears in my eyes as I watched a  young technician  wheel Bo, who was smiling and joking,  into the nuclear medicine room to test his kidney function.   When asked his name,  he immediately said it–first and … Continue reading

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The Choice

I have chosen a memory facility… the most difficult decision of my life. Today I signed a paper that says I will take my husband to live there – not here. No words can describe how I feel.  I can … Continue reading

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A Good Day

There are good days and today was one of them.  It was almost normal.  Bo got up early as I was getting ready to go to Starbuck’s for coffee with a friend.  He was fine with me leaving, so I … Continue reading

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EMMA

Emma has come to stay. For over a year I debated whether I should adopt a dog… made pro and con lists…talked with people.  I told myself all of the things everyone is thinking: responsibility, schedules, the two cats.  But … Continue reading

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Foot Surgery

I was limping around the coffee table yesterday when Bo asked me, “Is the doctor going to do something to your foot?” “He did. I had surgery last week.” He had forgotten. I took off my sock to show him … Continue reading

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The Toothache

Two Sundays ago, as I was driving down our street on the way home,  I passed Bo going the other way, so we stopped beside one another and I asked where he was going. “To the dentist,”  he said.  “My … Continue reading

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