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The Long Goodbye continues... by Elanor H Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Caregiving In February I got another call from the nursing home. It was 1am in the morning and I could hear the phone ringing somewhere in the distance. I stumbled out to the lounge ... Read on »
Three years on... by Elanor H Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Caregiving From time to time I've come back to this blog over the last three years. Came back to read my memories of caring for my mum, to have some tears and some smiles as I read m ... Read on »
The financial costs of caring $$$$$$ by Elanor H Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Caregiving Mums illness has cost us a lot of money. I estimate it set us back at least $50,000 in added costs and lost income. My mum had run up bills, lost her entire savings to a con m ... Read on »
It's my turn now... by Elanor H Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Caregiving For the last few months I've been very sick and unable to do much at all and I haven't been able to visit mum or talk with her on the phone until yesterday. When I phoned her ... Read on »
Why is everyone so afraid of feelings? by Elanor H Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Caregiving In my day job I spend a lot of time reassuring people that it's OK to have their feelings, whatever they may be. I create safe spaces for them to just feel, express and m ... Read on »
Why is everyone so afraid of feelings? by Elanor H Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Caregiving In my day job I spend a lot of time reassuring people that it's OK to have their feelings, whatever they may be. I create safe spaces for them to just feel, express and move ... Read on »
Mothers Day on a runaway train. by Elanor H Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Caregiving I'd planned to spend the weekend with mum for mothers day, looking forward to seeing her again, hoping she hasn't deteriorated too much in the last couple of weeks. So I boo ... Read on »
Out of the blue... by Elanor H Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Caregiving things happen that just hit me hard. Yesterday I was busily reading my way through work emails, not thinking about mum at all. Then I opened an email from a bookshop: ... Read on »
Locked ward move coming up. by Elanor H Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Caregiving Mum has gone downhill really rapidly in the last 5 weeks. She is out of the happy, placid childlike stage and now mainly worrying, stressed, paranoid and suspicious. She had o ... Read on »
De Je Vue by Elanor H Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Caregiving Mum is going down hill fast as far as her dementia goes. She has become much more agitated and annoyed lately. She requires a lot of care and much more assistance with self ca ... Read on »
Time out for me... can't wait1 by Elanor H Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Caregiving I have finally got around to organising some time out for me!! Oh I am so looking forward to it! I am going on a meditation retreat for three days. I told a few friends and th ... Read on »
You've got mail... by Elanor H Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Caregiving A letter from arrives and I open it to find newspapers clippings about pensioners. Across the picture in large, shaky printing: PLEASE HELP ME!!!!!!! Read on »
Letter from mum... by Elanor H Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Caregiving I received a letter from mum today. She has sent me back a letter that I sent her a few weeks ago. The paper was A4 and instead of folding it to put it in the envelope she has ... Read on »
Latest visit... by Elanor H Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Caregiving I went and visited mum on the weekend. I always leave with mixture of emotions. I feel reassured that she is well cared for and feels safe & loved at the home and I feel a lon ... Read on »
thanks and ((hugs)) to my fellow bloggers by Elanor H Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Caregiving ...thanks everyone for leaving me such supportive comments... I was going to say you don't know how much it means to me... but I know you do since we are in such similar circu ... Read on »
It's time to resume this blog... by Elanor H Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Caregiving Mum has now been in the nursing home for over a year. Up until recently she has been very happy there and settled. She told me on a few occasions that she is glad I made t ... Read on »
It's time to resume this blog... by Elanor H Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Caregiving Mum has now been in the nursing home for over a year. Up until recently she has been very happy there and settled. She told me on a few occasions that she is glad I made the d ... Read on »
4 Months since Nursing Home Placement by Elanor H Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Caregiving Mum has been in the nursing home for 4 months now. The time has flown by and I still feel like I am trying to keep up with 'life' a lot of the time. I have just come back fr ... Read on »
First Christmas went well. by Elanor H Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Caregiving Yesterday was the first Christmas I have not spent with mum, and it went well for both of us. Mum spent the day with her sister and had a lovely time and I spent the day with ... Read on »
Gosh I can't believe it's so l ... by Elanor H Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Caregiving Gosh I can't believe it's so long since I posted. I do come here and I read everyones blogs, I feel all those awful feelings, and it helps. Reading other carers blogs real ... Read on »