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1 day ago · Caregiver Burnout Warning in Caregivers: Dementia

I'm so sorry you had to experience this. I pray that you are all right and that your husband is improving. I didn't have to go through nearly this much but after my husband had kept me and my daughter awake for two nights. my kids said, "Mom, you can't take care of him anymore" and we mae arrangements for evaluation at the local hospital Senior Disruptive Behavior Unit, where they helped make arrangements for admission to a care center who took very good are of him.

1 day ago · Are you getting cancer treatments during COVID-19? in COVID-19

Thank you for these very compete directions for making masks. I will pas them on to my family.

2 days ago · Are you getting cancer treatments during COVID-19? in COVID-19

My son, who was diagnosed with stage 4 cancer, had this filter placed in some vein just a few weeks ago when he was having a bleeding problem in his stomach. He didn't seem to have any ill effects since he is home now and waiting for info on chemo.

Best wishes to you.

2 days ago · Caring for my husband with late-stage lung cancer in Lung Cancer

I am doing well. Casey had been in the care center for just short of three years after being diagnosed with Alzheimer's Disease and vascular dementia about 3 prior to that. We have great memories after 65 years of marriage, and also been through a lot with 5 children, 6 grandchildren, 9 g-grandchildren and 2 g-g-grandchildren. Two of my children and a granddaughter live close so see them frequently, but everyone else is scattered from Washington State to Florida, as happens with many families these days. Our son who lives in Arkansas has recently been diagnosed with stage 4 stomach cancer so that is a concern, but we will get through this. I'm so thankful for my wonderful church family. We are having Sunday Service live through Facebook, and a daily 5 minute prayer service at 6 pm Live on Facebook. This will continue at least until this COVID-19 pandemic is over. We have had Live Face book and YouTube services filmed and archived for several years, but only the sermons. Now they include music contributed by many of our talented members. Makes it much more meaningful.

Being unable to meet with friends for lunch several times a month and going to DAR and church women meetings has made the days lonely, but I am keeping myself busy writing notes to the shut-ins and visiting on the phone with others, offering hints to parents on Facebook of ideas I used in my 24 years of teaching lower elementary students and my own family, to occupy those busy little hands when they have to stay home.

I miss Casey like everything but know he is in a better place. The past three years have been very difficult for him and me,and I never told him I was going home, just that I had to go take care of his little dog, Suzy. He would have wanted to go home with me otherwise. He was a very busy and active man, always working in the garage or yard, playing pool almost everyday with friends at the community center, visiting neighbors, eating out with me, family and friends,etc. It was very difficult seeing his personality change so he did not see anything good in anybody and always finding fault. Refused to continue going to play pool even though I said I would take him after he couldn't drive anymore. I have great memories that will carry me through.

God is probably keeping his busy or he keeping God busy.

3 days ago · Caring for my husband with late-stage lung cancer in Lung Cancer

I am so glad I was with my husband when he passed Feb 8. He was in a care center and I spent the last two days with him. It would have been so much harder to get that call in the night. They helped keep him so comfortable and although he was very quiet, I know know he knew I was there. He is at peace and no longer in pain.

3 days ago · Just want to talk: What are other seniors doing while staying home? in Just Want to Talk

I was a Title I teacher for a few years and later taught 3rd grade at an inner city school in Iowa. Since I and my co-teacher had grown up in households that had survived the Depression, we knew lots of ways to have fun and save money. Probably couldn't do the things we did then to encourage our students as they certainly weren't "out of the book". Always met our objectives but in innovative ways to keep them interested.

4 days ago · Are you getting cancer treatments during COVID-19? in COVID-19

Even though we get so irritated with the robot calls, etc, our phones are wonderful things in this time of confusion. This is a very good idea, and I will share with my son who is beginning chemo treatments for Stage 4 stomach cancer soon.

4 days ago · Just want to talk: What are other seniors doing while staying home? in Just Want to Talk

I am attending several church services, prayer sessions nightly, vis Facebook, and a Lenten study we started at the beginning of Lent via Zoom. That is almost like being face to face with people. I'm coloring, writing memories to preserve them for family, scanning my many 3 ring binders of genealogy family history as jpeg or pdf to put on Flash drives for family members. This has letters, photos, and other documents that my mother and I have collected over the past 50 or more years. I'm knitting stocking caps in preparation of giving them to the school, our church partners with, next winter. i have done this for several years. Quillt when I have time, Send via Facebook ideas I have gathered through the years of raising 5 children and being a teacher for 25 years. These are just things I used to entertain them during the winter months or when we were confined because of some illness or weather problem. And I read. Thank goodness for ebooks available via Overdrive or Bridges from our local libraries. All that is required is a library card and many libraries here are issuing them online now to people who may not have one. Our schools all are using the internet for online classes and student contact so having this available at the libraries really helps. Our church has provided addresses for all the people on the church prayer list so we can send cards. I plan to start getting those ready today. This is just a few of the things I keep busy with. I have always kept myself busy even when I was caring for my husband and after he went to the care center. It keeps me sane. and as one of my former teacher friends used to say "It keeps me off the streets."