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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Saturday, November 27, 2010

Take Care Of Yourself

Hi to all my bloggers friends I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving. I have to say it was a very long day for me but the night was worse. I got very sick with a stomach flu. Which makes me not want to see dressing for another year for sure.It was very good dressing too. At the time I was eating it anyway.
My son had the flu last week so I guess it is going around. Lets just hope mom does not get it. The hardest part was having to care for mom. When I was up turning and changing her I also was in the bathroom tossing my cookies. Or dressing. Nasty! Anyway the hardest part was the next morning . I actully could of stayed in bed . I was not needing to run to the bathroom but I had to get up for mom. It was getting late and she needed changed , turned and fed. I did it . I got up but after I changed her and turned her I laid back down for another hour. Than I had to get up to fed her. So my tip this week from my book is on Survival. When I get done with this book I won't have anything to write about. That is sad. Anyway here goes.
1. Put staying healthy at the top of your list.
2.Have a backup plan in case something unexpected happens to you.
3.Keep your sense of humor.
4.Pat yourself on the back for the good job you are doing.
5.Get enough rest and eat right.
6.Make time for the things you like to do.
7.Talk about how you feel with others.
8.Listen to your friends.
9.Make a list of all the things your loved on can still do.
I am not sure if the last one applies to mom and me . She does not do anything much but open her mouth to eat and talk. But at least she is eating. Thank goodness for that. I guess when you make a list you see what there is to be thankful for. I get it!!!!


  1. Oh my goodness Karen, I am sorry to hear that you were sick right after Thanksgiving. You deserve an extra big pat on the back for feeling so bad and still carrying on with your caretaking duties. I think it is wonderful that you are also providing survival tips for others going through this. Hope you feel better soon and I also hope your mom doesn't get it.

  2. Oh I am so sorry to hear you were so sick and still had to care for your mom. Hope your feeling better and you get some rest.

  3. Oh, I think you will always have something to write about! Hoping you are feeling well very soon.

  4. Oh Karen, I'm so sorry you were sick.... I hope you've recovered and I hope your mom doesn't get the 'bug'...

    One of my biggest fears is getting sick and not being able to take care of David.

    You're always an inspiration!

  5. I hope you are feeling much better, Karen. And I'm sure you can find something else to write about.

  6. Thanks everyone. I guess it was a 24 hour bug. Glad that 24 hrs is up. I'm all better. :)

  7. this is very good advice i am glad you are feeling better

  8. Karen, I love your list. I'm glad to hear that you are better. Thanks, for stopping by my blog and leaving a comment. I have been on the couch for a couple of days with some respiratory thing, so I am just getting caught up with visiting my favorite blogs. Whether I stop by or not, I keep you and your mom in my thoughts and prayers.


Thanks for visiting my blog and I love reading your comments. Please come back soon. Karen

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