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Stories from the nursing home/rehab
Wednesday, January 19, 2011      5 comments

I have stayed with my father in the short term/rehab section of a lovely nursing home for several months. Nursing homes are no longer a place for throw-away people. They are becoming more luxurious to meet the demands of our culture. This b... Read more
Savoring the moment
Sunday, January 02, 2011      4 comments

While the rehab world is still dark and quiet, the nursing assistant steals into the room with a big styrofoam cup of black coffee. I unwrap myself from comfy nest in the afghan and lower the footrest of the recliner, cradle the warm cup in my h... Read more
January 1
Saturday, January 01, 2011      6 comments

It has been raining. Snow is melted. Temperature is in the 50s. Not bad for Michigan on January 1. A new year. Did you realize today is 1/1/11? For all my wonderful friends at Spark who have stuck with me through good and bad, even wh... Read more
Land of Beginning Again
Friday, December 31, 2010      8 comments

I heard this poem on the radio this morning. It was a springboard to a conversation among regulars on a talk show. I wish that there were some wonderful place Called the Land of Beginning Again Where all our mistakes and all our heart... Read more
Dad is back in the hospital
Saturday, December 18, 2010      10 comments

Dad was moved from Rehab to the hospital yesterday. He has elevated white blood count and calcium level. Dehydration is a chronic problem. His stay there will be of short duration. We may be ready for rehab again at the beginning of the week. ... Read more
One Day at a Time
Friday, December 17, 2010      3 comments

1Y1wtgLAytA One day at a time sweet Jesus That's all I'm asking from you Just give me the strength To do everyday what I have to do Yesterdays gone sweet Jesus ... Read more
Rehab update
Thursday, December 16, 2010      4 comments

Everything passes with time, the good and the bad. We want to hang on to the good times. We wish we could skip the bad times. Why do the bad times seem to last so much longer than the good times? Is it because our thoughts have already jumped a... Read more
Spreading the cheer
Thursday, December 02, 2010      5 comments

This is a unique season in our lives, creating its own memories, good or bad, full of ups and downs. We have been over 5 weeks bouncing between hospitals and rehabs. Working at a hospital, I've spent my share of holidays away from family.... Read more
Uplifting video
Wednesday, December 01, 2010      6 comments

This has absolutely nothing to do with healthy eating, losing weight, or exercise. In fact it takes place in a food court. It was so good I have to share it. Lifted my spirit, hands raised in worship. And He shall reign forever and ever. Even ... Read more
Happy Thanksgiving
Thursday, November 25, 2010      5 comments

This is a very special Thanksgiving. The day started with a festive air, with many greetings of "Happy Thanksgiving" by the Rehab staff. We watched part of the Thanksgiving parade on tv. Christmas music in the hall. Thanksgiving greetings from ... Read more
Physical therapists and me?
Wednesday, November 24, 2010      4 comments

It is my opinion that physical therapists are the bossiest people in the universe. Is it because patients give them so much grief about working out? Doing physical therapy exercises can cause great pain. It's also true that most of us want the r... Read more
Dad is back in the hospital
Sunday, November 14, 2010      13 comments

Dad is back in the hospital after passing out at Rehab during the night. He has another infection. Please keep us in your prayers.... Read more
Enjoy today
Saturday, November 13, 2010      9 comments

I received this in an email today. It's been around for awhile, but it's good to think about again. Disclaimer: I am not endorsing totally chucking healthy living, but we all need to lighten up sometimes. * * * * * Too many people ... Read more
Wednesday, November 10, 2010      2 comments

I took my lunch to the park and watched the geese and ducks and gulls, some sitting on the dam, some splashing or sitting in the water, some wandering around the park looking for food. I must go back with a camera. I stopped by the cemeter... Read more
Update on Dad and Me
Sunday, November 07, 2010      5 comments

Caring for Dad should have been a breeze. He's taken good care of himself and had no major health issues. He had a knee replacement three years ago and uses a walker. He's been my buddy, going wherever I go. At the grocery store, he would ride t... Read more

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