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Every single week we talk about the "bad flu" that's out here.
I assure my mom that I will be in soon, and that I love her.
I feel helpless, but I know that she needs me.



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5/20/20 2:33 P

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I guess your mom is like my dh. He doesn't remember why I can't come to see him. I have been able to FaceTime with him every other week. I have to remind him each time the big "Y".

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Today I'm struggling with visiting my Mom. She wants us inside, and really misses hugging us.



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I'm checking it out now.
Sometimes I just miss things and I apologize.



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I just wrote a message on your blog. Please read it.

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Yesterday I visited my Mom. The nursing home had to wake her up for our visit.
It was less than perfect, but my mom knew that we were there, and that is why I went.
These are difficult days, but if your husband knew that you called, you accomplished your goal.



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The phone call was made. Unfortunately Paul was extremely sleepy. I had his daughter come over to see him and between the two of us we couldn't get him to speak. So we will try again this week. thanks for your concern.

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If you haven't heard from him yet, give him a reminder call. Tell your family members. They will also "remind" him.



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I spoke to the director Friday and he said the would see to it. Well, it's Thursday and I guess he misplaced the IPhone. I have leaned that there are some things that you must wait for calmly.

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Harriette,
Have you called the nursing home and asked that they connect you to your husband by phone? That is so hard not to be able to see or even talk with him!
I'd complain to the director if they will not make a way. Ask your family to help you!



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Jackie, you should be happy that she is well and that you were able to see her. I have not been that lucky. Haven't seen or spoken with Paul since March 15th. The virus19 has residents in every unit throughout the home. We all wait for that phone call and Pray that it's a healthy one.

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I saw my Mom yesterday. She sounded good and was able to follow our conversation and I'm glad about that. She looked very tired. I think that the staff woke her up to talk with me. That made me a little sad.



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Harriett,
Today I've set up a phone conference with the nursing home. I'm going to talk with the nursing staff and find out how my mom does with the visits.
I really don't know how the visits affect her.



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Jackie, I was thinking that if your mom enjoys you visiting by the window and it makes her day, why not. If you feel uncomfortable then I understand. Go with your heart.

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I'll try again today talking with the nursing home.



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Today I talk with the nursing home about visiting Mom through the window in her room on Saturday.



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There are many ideas on how the outbreak started. www.cnn.com/2020/04/06/us/co
ronavirus-
scientists-debate-origin-the
ories-
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This much we do know. When our president heard about it, he did not act. www.politifact.com/article/2
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On January 22, 2020, Donal trump was asked if we should be concerned about COVID 19, he responded; "No. Not at all. And we have it totally under control. Itís one person coming in from China, and we have it under control. Itís ó going to be just fine."

That response has put us in the place that we are today.



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No to both questions. Now they discovered a resident has the virus19 and everyone is being tested. Hopefully I will know Monday what's what on his unit.
I don't know how true this may be but someone told me that it was known about the virus as far back as last year and nothing wassail or done about it. Did you hear that too? I didn't. Sometimes ugly rumors start for what reason I have know idea.

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Oh my. That must be very hard for both you and Paul. Are you able to talk with him by phone? Can you SKYPE with him?



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That's wonderful that you were able to celebrate her. You are lucky that your mother is on the first floor. Paul is on the second floor so I cannot. We were told when I brought back Paul's clean outfits yesterday that we are no longer wanted for us to do that. They are going to do that chore in-house. I truly and completely feel cut off altogether.


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I will be praying for Paul. I was able to stand outside my mother's window and sing Happy Birthday.



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They now have 19 cases of the virus19 which are being kept in 3 units. I'm sorry to say that one unit is next to my Paul's and it scares me to no end. While they were down on the lower floor I was worried but not scared. I know that they are doing their best and I so appreciate it but still.

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I pray every day that my Mom will be fine.
I often feel worn down by the criticism of my brothers and sisters.



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Jackie, Paul is in a home where there are cases of the virus19. So far it's not on his unit. This is an extremely horrible time that we are facing. Be glad for your mom that she is happy where she is.I am worried sick over all of this.

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I miss my mom. She is alone in a nursing home, and I believe that she needs me as much as I need to see her.



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I'm struggling with not seeing my Mom. She was moved to a Dementia Unit because of trying to get out and also being angry with the staff. Now she's in a locked ward. I'm quite surprised that she likes it there.



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3/18/20 1:53 P

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No matter the distance that you went you had a good walk.

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Well, I didn't get as far as I wanted to go, but I had a great hike.
Happy St. Patrick's Day! Stay healthy my Friends!



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3/14/20 8:36 A

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More power to you, Jackie. Sometimes I wish I was young again walking with #2 daughter 10k's once a week. Too many things have come my way to prevent the continuation. I do what I can and I'm very grateful that I am still here on this earth. Enjoy your walk.

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Today I'm doing something good for myself. It's 30 degrees out and I'm hiking Mt Monadnock.



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WOW. Harriett, that is a lot to deal with.
I am not able to visit my mother because of (essentially) a quarantine.
I am hoping that the nursing home will set up a SKYPE for people to talk with their family members.
My mother has hearing problems, and cannot hear conversations on the phone.



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Jackie, I just read your blog. Keep thinking about this evening when it's your "Me time". Try not to allow anything or anyone ruin it for you.

The flu is going around at the home and I haven't been there since Sunday. Paul has been running a low fever and a cough. All of his tests have come back normal. The home is taking precautions by having only one entrance to enter. I am looking forward to seeing him. His sister passed and his daughter wants me to tell him. This is what I'm struggling with. In my heart I don't want to tell him. My daughter agrees with me.

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Today I'm struggling with a brother and a sister who are consistently finding fault with what I do... It wears me down.



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Harriett, I am so sorry to hear that. Keep complaining! Keep documenting the things that are not right. Stay on their case.




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The meeting was a waste of time. I got some of my licks in and so did his daughter but things remain the same. By the way I did write everything down to no avail.

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Harriett, it's always best to have a back-up in the nursing home. Make sure that you put all your concerns in writing, and hand them a copy. They have a copy machine, so ask them to please make a copy for anyone who wants one.



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the only way to stop speaking them is to think before you do. That's how I have stopped some of my thoughts as well.

My struggle is with the Nursing home that my DH is in. There are some things that go on that I do not care for. I have a meeting with a few major office holding to see if they agree with me to move him to another unit. I have asked his daughter to attend with me and she is. I thought it would be better to have a back up.

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I struggle with letting go of negative words.



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You are right!



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For your own health you must learn to turn the other cheek to save your health.

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emoticon I have an upset stomach. I need to learn to focus on the positive, and not to worry. When people (like my brother) say negative things to me, I take it to heart, and it has an effect on my stomach.



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Great advice, Harriett14.
Thank you.



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When it comes to family there are times when you just have to turn the other cheek. There will be better days for you.

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I'm struggling with staying connected with my whole family while focusing on my mother.



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I try to find a bright side.
I share memories with my mom and family.
I also share the photos with my mom that I will use at the funeral. We enjoy going down memory lane together.
Still, it's a struggle to take care of the "unenjoyable". One day I will be glad that it's behind me.



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That must have been the hardest thing to do, Jackie.
I find it difficult to leave Paul each day. I know it's not the same as what you have to do for your mother but there is still an ache within me.

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Today I talk with the funeral home about preplanning my mother's funeral.
This is necessary, but not enjoyable.



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You can do it Harriet. One day at a time, good luck.

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I'm weary and I'm worn.
This morning I'm attending a caregiver support group.




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Thanks, Jackie. I know that you know where I'm going from but, I really don't like to blame anything but myself. 'm good for a few days and then there I go again stuffing myself. I did join your challenge as well as the 5% Winter once which starts this Saturday. I have my fingers, arms and feet crossed that I will follow it to the key.

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Waiting for someone to fix a repair is very frustration. Living somewhere you are not happy with is more depressing. You got up this morning, you journaled and that is a great start. Maybe tomorrow will be better, I am keeping you in my thoughts.

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I'm struggling with knee pain



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DINIE123,
The first comfort food I want to go to is the ice cream, then the cookies that my husband leaves lying around. Breaking up with sugar is hard to do.



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Harriet,
I felt lonely and stressed before I strayed. I bet that is a key to getting back on track. I hope that you will join my Food Feats Challenge.
Let's beat this together!



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If I could lose the sugar habit, I could manage this program without so much frustration. I will try again, wish me luck. emoticon

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I'm having a hard time staying on my program. I must figure it out why. Sometimes I feel lonely and tired. I have felt that way before and not strayed.???????????

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My blood sugar level is consistently high, and I deal with Type II Diabetes.
I eat a healthy diet and get lots of exercise. I hike, walk, do yoga, and ride a stationary bike.
I also take Metformin. Still, I have blood sugar numbers between 140 and 170.
This year I'll be making more changes after I talk with my doctor at the end of January.



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My blood sugar numbers are up.
I am doing my very best to get them down with food, exercise, and some metformin.



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Meeting my health challenges as well as my mothers



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My mother wants to be back in her home. This is tough for me to hear.



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Today I talk with the Trinity Hospice people.
Mom is talking about my Dad visiting her at night. He passed away almost 18 years ago.
I think that Heaven is calling my mom home.



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This is difficult when the answer is that you must stay at the home. It breaks my heart when I have to say that you must stay here.

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Mom is struggling and I struggle with her. She wanted to go home from the nursing home yesterday. She has to stay.



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IAmJoyful and other friends,
I think that being a caregiver is a thankless never-ending job.
I consider it a privilege to be here for my mom, I hope that someone is there for me in my time of need.



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Yes, end of life is a very emotional time.

I am nearing the end of my life. I have heart failure and my DH is my caregiver. Although I literally am a kept woman, I have chosen to find enjoyment and humor in each day.

For years, I have struggled to get my weight down and finally got it down this year. The funny thing is that even though I do not think my weight matters much anymore, I still work at it.

Before, whenever I would think of my last days, I would cry. Now, I can think about it with acceptance and appreciation.

Do take care of yourself emoticon

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Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle you know nothing about.
Your worst enemy cannot harm you as much as your own unguarded thoughts.
Drop judgment and pick up love.
If you can move a grain of sand a day, eventually you will move a mountain.
Crappy choices bring crappy feelings.
Can'ts are joy limiters.


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I'm walking less and my blood sugar is higher.
I struggle with balancing being a caregiver with the rest of my life.
End of life is a very emotional time.



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struggling with yoyoing weight as usual



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In such times Jackie all we can do is pray and be there for our love ones.

I am keeping to my Fall Challenge and yet not really doing well weight wise. This I don't understand.

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Watching Mum decline is like watching the Titanic sink. There's nothing that I can do but be strong, and hold her hand. Well, I considered screaming and jumping overboard, but that never makes things any better.



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Getting my Mom settled in the nursing home.
My family are so angry with me.



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10/23/19 9:57 A

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Being with many people who is suffering with Alzheimer is not easy. I find that there are times that I want to leave but can't.

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10/23/19 5:27 A

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On Tuesday, I met with the nursing home staff. The nurse later came out to the home for a visit. Because my mom has pneumonia, she needs to be cleared by a doctor to go into the nursing home. She's not in yet, but I'm working on it. Saturday should be the day.



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I'm struggling with family problems. Caring for an aging Mom is a tight-rope act at times.



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I am struggling with the basal cell carcinoma on my nose. I got a cryogenic (liquid nitrogen) treatment on my nose, and feel a bit nervous meeting people and being in social settings with it.




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not good to hear
hope things improve soon

i am at a weight maximum and have started a vlcd diet

cheers richard



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10/9/19 9:48 A

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I am having a hard time with things that are happening at the nursing home. It seems that the residents have an action called sundown syndrome where they do and act differently. Things are happening to my husband that I can't seem to do anything about. Frustrating to say the least.

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fluid retention
up over 2 pounds overnight



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Being alone and making all sort of decisions which some I don't understand at all is driving me up a wall.

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A busy evening schedule.



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My family.



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still experiencing my problem and can't understand what is happening or perhaps my body doesn't love me any more.lol

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I'm struggling to lower my BP



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I'm keeping within the amount of calories that I am suppose to eat and yet I go back and forth with 2 pounds. It's driving me up a wall.

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lowering my BP. I may change to a plant-based diet.




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good luck with your book. A few years ago two of my children bought me a book to write my story which I did but not in the books on the computer and sent out 20 pages each Christmas for three years. Till this day one brings up a passage wanting to know more. It felt really good to know that they were interested.

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No call. I'm also working on my first book. This week I hope to bring it to a retired editor to see what she thinks.



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