Category Archive for 'Caregiver Series'

Unambiguous Loss

My dad died on Wednesday. If you recall from my mom’s posts about being his caregiver (see below for links to these*), my dad was very sick for a very long time. He was diagnosed with Stage IV nasopharyngeal adenocarcinoma in September 2003. The diagnosing physician at Vanderbilt University shook his hand and asked if he’d […]

It’s been awhile since the last installment of The Caregiver Series, and for that I apologize.  It’s challenging enough to generate fresh, new content for you all but getting all my ducks in a row to reach out and follow-up with contributors is an extra layer of complicated. Before my vacation, we talked a bit […]

Today marks the fifth anniversary of my father’s massive stroke.  (For backstory, you can read my mother’s thoughts on caregiving for him starting here.) Amid the many, many emotions and thoughts today is the realization of just how changeable “normal” can be. In my parents’ relationship, normal used to mean two independent people, lives intertwined […]

Just a quick reflection from me today. Last week, I spent a lot of time with my dad who is in a skilled nursing facility, rehabilitating from a recent surgery.  He’s been working with occupational and physical therapists to regain strength, balance, and mobility so he can return home to live with my mom, his […]

It’s been Mom’s fear for awhile now.  As she is Dad’s 24/7 caregiver, she has a nagging fear … “What will I do with him if I get sick?” She’s had colds from time to time, but in the nearly five years since his stroke, she hasn’t faced a really scary situation where she just […]

If you follow this blog, you know I am a rabid fan of the Balanced Bites podcast with Liz Wolfe and Diane Sanfilippo.  I have about six podcasts I regularly download but this one always gets first priority. I love Liz and Diane for their wisdom about nutrition but also for their authenticity and warmth. […]

If you’ve ever spent any time with a loved one in the hospital, you know how uncomfortable it can be.  The chairs are hard, the rooms are usually filled with artificial light, there is a constant barrage of noise and odor.  If your loved one has a short stay, it’s certainly bearable.  But, if you […]

As I have mentioned in a previous post, I am honored to be a volunteer for Camp Sunshine, an Atlanta-based nonprofit that provides support, community, and a little bit of magic to children who have cancer and their families. During a recent meeting at Camp Sunshine, we discussed the success of the Sunshine 2 U […]

If you follow many parenting blogs, you may have read a piece recently on The Progressive Parent, Julie, and the loss of her son, Patrick (PatPat).  PatPat was born December 2011, and left this earth on February 8, 2013.  As Julie describes it: There was nothing, nothing, nothing wrong with Patrick. He just went to sleep and […]

Things have been crazy at my house the past few weeks and so I’ve not been able to blog as much as I would like.  In the meanwhile, however, I am thrilled to have the opportunity to bring you a guest post from David Bunnell, Media Chief at Unfrazzle. Unfrazzle is a new app designed […]