There are 5.4 million people who have Alzheimer's. It cost 183 billion dollars in annual costs. Alz's is the 6th leading cause of death.
To get something you never had, you have to do something you never did.' When God takes something from your grasp, He's not punishing you, but merely opening your hands to receive something better. Concentrate on this sentence... 'The will of God will never take you where the Grace of God will not protect you.
1 John 4: 9-10

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Monday, November 9, 2009

Karen I Lost My Nose

While I was doing dishes this morning mom yelled " Karen I lost my nose". You did I said. And she ask me to come help. I found her nose for her. It was not to far. Right there where we left it.

She is wide awake this morning. We had her favorite and seems like every morning meal of oatmeal and a shake or smoothie. She is eating it so good I am not going to change a thing.

We ran out of Hospice supplied diapers this weekend so I had to make a run to Wal-mart. It was so hard spending the money on diapers since I am so spoiled now by Hospice. But the nurse will bring some much welcomed supplies today.

The weekend was wonderful. Arkansas won another football game. Whooo Pig Soooie!!! Go Hogs!. And my son did not go to the game so he watched it with me . One of my favorite things to do in the world is watch football with him. We also racked leaves out of the yard and off the roof. Seems like the leaves love to stay on the roof. So my son got up there and swept them off.

I am thinking about taking a week off of care giving and let mom go to the Hospice House. The nurses and social worker think I need a week off. I keep telling them I will this summer but they say you can now and this summer. What do you think? I had such a bad experience when I took her to a nursing home for 3 days. I am worried a little. But Hospice House is better than a nursing home I am told . By the Hospice Nurses anyway. There is no place I want to go if I get a week off plus the holidays are coming and I still have a turkey to buy if I decide to cook one and Christmas gifts.I can't spend any money on a vacation . So if I do take a week off . It will be just to be lazy and enjoy not having to get up every two hours at night to change and turn mom. And being able to come and go during the day will be nice. I could mall walk everyday. Sounds good to me. If the weather stays nice I might actually walk outside instead of the mall.


  1. If you have that opportunity, go for it. You need a break, I would imagine. Mama will have help with her nose at Hospice House and you can have a break also.

  2. Karen,
    Even if it is to spend some time with your son without one ear tuned for your mother! You need to revive yourself. Your son sounds like a great guy. If he isn't, he should know how positively you talk of him!
    Beckie in TN (who has been reading, but not commenting lately...getting back in the swing after fighting a upper respiratory crud!)

  3. Hi Karen
    If you can get a short break from care giving, go for it. You will feel so much better after having a couple days of rest.
    Hugs, Rhondi

  4. I agree. Three days is not much, but you will be so blessed by that extra sleep and rest. It will bles her and much as you to have you get that extra rest. :)

    I've heard only good things about the various hospice programs. Hopefully this will be a good one as well. :)

  5. I'd say take the break too. It will be nice for you just to have time to yourself. You need that once in a while. Heaven knows you sure deserve it!! :-)

  6. Taking care of yourself is equally as important as taking care of your mom. I think you should take a much needed (and deserved) break missy!

  7. I'm glad you were able to find your mom's nose for her :)
    I would tend to think a few days off from caregiving would be a nice thing for you. I know she will receive good care from the Hospice workers.

  8. Good morning Karen,

    I hope you can convince yourself to take a week off from being a caregiver and take care of yourself, just doing whatever you want to do. You certainly deserve some time off.

    I was a volunteer with Hospice for many years, until David was diagnosed with Alzheimer's. Hospice is wonderful in so many ways and I'm sure she'll have excellent care.

    Thanks for sharing the story about your mom's nose..... it gave me a chuckle.


  9. Thanks guys. YOu give such great advice. I asked the nurse yestereday and she said they have a 5 day opening at the Hospice house. I am going to take it. Thanks again.

  10. Hi Karen,
    It's been so long since I've commented on your blog...way behind since the vacation. We just got back tonight. I think it's great that you're going to take the days off for yourself. I know you're mom will be well taken care of, and you will surely feel renewed and rested. It's so important for caregivers to take care of themselves, and not easy to arrange. Enjoy the time and know you're doing the right thing for you and your mom.

    And way to go locating your mom's nose! take care - Leslie


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