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Caring for Dad – Healing Myself

Dad Diaries: Six Falls and Counting! Four Ways to Prevent the Next One

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-+*Today ends Fall Prevention Week; an annual awareness effort to highlight the devastating effects of falls in seniors and to spread prevention tips that really work. Luckily for me, my dad confesses when he’s had a fall before I find out some other way (a new bruise or scab on his knee, something in disarray on the floor, or someone alerting …

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Dad Diaries: Caregiving as Training Wheels for Patience

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-+*Patience. The concept challenges me so much that I had to buy a book to understand it. The Great Depression humorist, Arnold Glasow is quoted saying, “The key to everything is patience. You get the chicken by hatching the egg, not by smashing it.” Oh, my long departed friend, you are so correct. The same is true when working with …

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Dad Diaries: Finding wisdom for life in a free hospital booklet

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-+*You never know what helpful nugget you may find in hospital educational information. Usually, I comb available materials for practical ideas and medical insights. But, while waiting for my dad’s rehab session to begin, I picked up a booklet, “What to Expect: Recovering from Stroke” and it contained the most profound statement. “We may feel an intense sadness because our loved …

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Dad Diary: Two Tips for Including Family and Staying Sane

-+*When a loved one goes into the hospital, those closest to the patient have an awful lot to deal with. If you are a spouse, or parent, or child, you may be the one bearing the greatest responsibility. In the first few days of a hospitalization, the situation may progress slowly or it may move quickly. Either way, families are …

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Dad Diary – Day One: Stroke?! That 82 yo male is my father!

-+*I had just written a blog post about living without regrets and that things can change in a moment. That same evening, the hospital tracked me down and left a voicemail that a man with my father’s name was in the neuro ICU of the region’s largest teaching hospital. If I was this man’s family, could I contact them. If …

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