April 2007

The Emergency Room

by Rundy on April 29, 2007

The emergency room is not a private place. As anyone who has been in one knows, they store two patients to a room, and the rooms are generally kept open to the larger activity area. The emergency room is the sort of place where everyone’s problems hang out. If you spend enough time there you […]

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Another Milestone

by Rundy on April 25, 2007

The need for a cane, the need to wear diapers, the lack of ability to sign his own name . . . each milestone is marked as another march down the the one-way road. Today we marked another milestone. Today Grandpa pooped his pants. Previously all his troubled has been with urinating . . . […]

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The Imagery of Language

by Rundy on April 21, 2007

I’ve come to realize that one of my weakness in caring for people is that I have a hard time just being there. If anything needs to be done, or anything needs to be fetched, fixed, or accomplished, I’m ready and willing. But taking care of someone encompasses more than that. Sometimes you just need […]

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The 36-Hour Day

by Rundy on April 12, 2007

I first saw the book The 36-Hour Day when my Dad first borrowed it from the library, probably about a year ago. It labels itself as “A family guide to caring for persons with Alzheimer Disease, related dementing illnesses, and memory loss in later life.” At the time I had flipped through the book, skimmed […]

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Nearly Unmitigated Disaster

by Rundy on April 9, 2007

2:00 AM I wake up. Grandpa is sitting on the edge of his bed, fussing. Usually this is an indication that shortly he is going to get up and go use the bathroom. I realized I need to use the bathroom myself, and if he was going to sit on the edge of his bed […]

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The Reading Continues

by Rundy on April 6, 2007

Grandpa definitely enjoyed listening to Heidi but we finished that several days ago and then it was time to pick something new. Grandma suggested that I read my book to him. I had considered it, but at the same time I wondered if Grandpa could appreciate it. The subject isn’t along Grandpa’s interest and I […]

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