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Old 03-26-2013, 02:46 AM   #16
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More thoughts and prayers being sent your way!

Like others here have stressed, take it one day at a time. It is never easy watching loved ones struggle with medical conditions you cannot change. I remember when my mom took a turn for the worst. My family felt helpless.

I worked in a nursing home for several years as a companion in the dementia wing. Please but don't forget to take care of yourself. Many times when one is consumed with caring for their loved ones, they neglect themselves and they become run down. Is it possible for you to tag team with other family members? I did this with my brothers and sisters for my mom and it was a tremendous help.
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Old 03-26-2013, 06:30 AM   #17
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I'm so sorry about all that's happening, and especially that it's all at once. Sending tons of pixie dust and hugs to you and your family!
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Old 03-26-2013, 07:10 AM   #18
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Good thoughts and pixie dust to you Holly!! ((HUGS)) Dealing with aging parents is something we all don't want to have to deal with, but unfortunately it is something we have to deal with. As others have said, make sure you get your questions answered and make sure you take care of yourself.
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Old 03-26-2013, 12:10 PM   #19
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Old 04-01-2013, 09:57 PM   #20
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It seems like we take 2 steps forward and 3 back. Last week Dad went back in the hospital for CHF (congestive heart failure) then back to another skilled nursing facility. Dad is not happy there and doesn't understand why he has to be there. Fortunately this is a more "aggresive" facility and hopefully he will improved instead of what happened last time.

My Mother and I have asked for a care plan to be done and meetings with the doctors involved. I cannot tell you how upsetting it is to see my Father just "giving up" on doing things.
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Old 04-01-2013, 10:10 PM   #21
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I sure hope you get some good news soon. You sure deserve it.
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Old 04-04-2013, 04:43 AM   #22
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Holly, I feel your pain. My MIL has dementia. This past Christmas Eve my FIL had to be life-flighted to a larger hospital, two hours from home. It was scary enough to see him so sick, but compounding the worry about him was making arrangements for someone to care for her, since she could not be by herself. We now have at home nursing and things have, thank God, settled down. However, my husband and I know due to their age and health, this is temporary and assisted living or personal care is probably around the corner. My prayers for you and your family.
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Old 04-04-2013, 08:38 AM   #23
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Holly,

Sending you loads of prayers and pixie dust. Being a caregiver at any level is one of the hardest jobs on this earth. You have to live through it to truly understand the full impact that it has on one's life. My very best to you and your family.
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Old 04-07-2013, 07:58 PM   #24
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I will be praying for you Holly. Please take good care.

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Old 04-15-2013, 08:00 PM   #25
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Things aren't going well

Things have not been going well. Dad is back in the hospital now in congestive heart failure. Now they are talking about renal dialysis. His kidney function had been ok but now they working hard due to the CHF and are failing also.

Any other year at this time my parents would be making plans to head north to North Carolina for the summer. What a change of events in such little time.

Please hug your loved ones.
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Things have not been going well. Dad is back in the hospital now in congestive heart failure. Now they are talking about renal dialysis. His kidney function had been ok but now they working hard due to the CHF and are failing also.

Any other year at this time my parents would be making plans to head north to North Carolina for the summer. What a change of events in such little time.

Please hug your loved ones.
I'm so sorry things aren't going well at all, Holly. Extra pixie dust and prayers for you, as well as your parents.
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Old 04-15-2013, 08:29 PM   #27
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Holly, I'm sorry things are not going well with your Dad. More prayers, hugs and

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I'm so, so, sorry you and your family are having to deal with such difficult issues.
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Hang in there Holly. Praying that things improve soon!!

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