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Tue, Jun 16 9:41am · Caregiver - Stroke Need Assistant ASAP in Stroke & Cerebrovascular Diseases

I can only repeat what I sent in a message several years ago. Have in writing all the concerns you listed and any others you may have questions about. Hand it to the nurse or doctor on arrival and it eliminates having to state these concerns in front of your father. He will deny them or think you are 'ganging up' on him. I know that was the case with my husband who had Alzheimers. Just out of the blue he would decide someone was spying on him or taking behind his back. Neighbors that he had been very friendly with suddenly became the "enemy". He passed Feb 8 after about 6 years of Alzheimers, the last three in a care center, since I couldn't take care of him 24/7 anymore.

Wed, Apr 8 10:25am · Husband (43) showing signs of Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI): Anyone? in Caregivers: Dementia

Be sure you keep a list/journal of things you are noticing that you can give to the dr. when you finally get an appointment or phone response. I did this with my husband so I didn't have to voice my concerns in front of him when we visited the Dr. He would have taken offense if I had given this information in front of him. He thought he was okay.
Take care of yourself. I know this is a difficult time.

Sun, Apr 5 9:10pm · 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.

Sun, Apr 5 9:02pm · 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.

Sun, Apr 5 1:26pm · 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.

Sun, Apr 5 10:33am · 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.

Sat, Apr 4 10:59am · 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.

Fri, Apr 3 3:44pm · 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.