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Cranky

California
Family caregiver to a wonderful woman who's had MS for more than 20 of our 28 years together. "Mother" to two wonderful dogs, mini-dachshunds.
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Caregiver Aids #18: The Hydrant by Cranky Posted in: Blog Posts in Caregiving Hi, all! I see it's been 9 months since my last post. All is well here in the land of Cranky and Skip, except for the inexorable robbing of functionality that comes along wi ... Read on »
Change by Cranky Posted in: Blog Posts in Caregiving Change is hard. At least, that's what Skip says. And she's right, it is hard. I need something to push me to make a change, otherwise I'll maintain the status quo. Well, ... Read on »
My Feelings About Caregiving by Cranky Posted in: Blog Posts in Caregiving The way I feel about caregiving is similar to the way New Englanders talk about the weather. We say "if you don't like the weather, wait 5 minutes, it'll change." Sometimes ... Read on »
My Right Knee Hurts by Cranky Posted in: Blog Posts in Caregiving I'm concerned about my right knee. An X-ray showed a "bony lump" on it, so my primary care physician recommended an MRI. Got the MRI on Saturday. (Just as an aside - the ter ... Read on »
To Do Lists and Calendars by Cranky Posted in: Blog Posts in Caregiving To do lists were a standard part of my day when I had a career. They were a good news/bad news kind of document. On the one hand, I would feel good when I got to cross thing ... Read on »
Fun Continues ... by Cranky Posted in: Blog Posts in Caregiving Yesterday was a wonderful day, though I ended up overdoing eating and drinking, so was pretty much "done" for the day about 8pm. While the aide was bathing and dressing S ... Read on »
They Say It's Your Birthday by Cranky Posted in: Blog Posts in Caregiving I'm sitting here in our hotel room in Atlantic City. It's my birthday. A great day with my Skip is planned. Gonna gamble, eat and wander the boardwalk ... woo hoo! We dro ... Read on »
Yes, It Has Been a Long Time by Cranky Posted in: Blog Posts in Caregiving Yep, over 8 months since my last post. I've been thinking about starting back up for a while, and am finally getting down to it today. I guess there are some things on my to ... Read on »
"Just Us Chickens" by Cranky Posted in: Blog Posts in Caregiving "Just us Chickens" .... that's what Skip and I call a day when no one is coming to the house. No aids, no nurses, no other people invading our space. Honestly, the people wh ... Read on »
Pics of the Place by Cranky Posted in: Blog Posts in Caregiving Found my camera and took some pics of our condo the other day. I've omitted the 2 bedrooms. One is still filled with junk in boxes that I am slowly but surely selling off. T ... Read on »
Fun, But a Lot of Work by Cranky Posted in: Blog Posts in Caregiving The title, in a nutshell, describes Thanksgiving day (and the day after, when the cleanup was completed). I was happy to provide a place for my whole family to celebrate ... Read on »
Thanksgiving by Cranky Posted in: Blog Posts in Caregiving We're hosting Thanksgiving at our condo. By this, I mean, we'll be joined by my immediate family that day. There'll be 14 of us. It will be a good chance to show off our new ... Read on »
Caregiver Aids #17: Combination Door Lock by Cranky Posted in: Blog Posts in Caregiving So you're a caregiver. So you have people coming to your home to help your loved one. Sometimes you're not there when they arrive and your loved one can't answer the d ... Read on »
Hunkered Down in The Woo by Cranky Posted in: Blog Posts in Caregiving Yep, we're hunkered down in Worcester, affectionately known as "The Woo" to many. We've been buffeted with much rain and wind today as we sit on the outer edge of Hurricane ... Read on »
Where Do I Begin? by Cranky Posted in: Blog Posts in Caregiving Greetings! Yes, it's been a long time since posting here. Almost 3 months. Lots of stuff to catch up on ... The new digs: we love our new place. We're 90%+ settled in ... Read on »
Caregiver Aids #16: DayLite Sling by Cranky Posted in: Blog Posts in Caregiving  When I was perusing the Surehands site (I believe it's called Handimove) in advance of purchasing our newest lift system, I noticed they had a new kind of sling ... Read on »
Surehands Installation by Cranky Posted in: Blog Posts in Caregiving My very first Caregiver Aids post was about the Surehands lift we had installed in our old home. It served us very well and proved a safe and convenient transfer method for ... Read on »
Post Move Pics by Cranky Posted in: Blog Posts in Caregiving We've been in our new home since 7/3. Lots of progress in the unpacking, but still far to go ... Looking at the main room as you first see it when you enter f ... Read on »
There's Unpacking to Do! by Cranky Posted in: Blog Posts in Caregiving The main room (LR/DR/Kitchen combo) from our new condo looked at it from 2 different perspectives. You can't tell much about it except we've got lots of windows an ... Read on »
It's Really Here by Cranky Posted in: Blog Posts in Caregiving In the morning, my brother, BW and 2 other strong guys are arriving at 9. Bro and BW are coming in a 24' UHaul truck. They're going to load up almost everything in the house ... Read on »