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Sunday, June 23, 2019

A new wheelchair for Barb

It's been six months since Barb came to Cottagewood memory care. Almost 10 years since Mayo Clinic's original mild cognitive impairment diagnosis. Then the Alzheimer's definition and the long slow decline followed. That decline speeded up dramatically two years ago. Two weeks ago are became eligible for hospice which falls under Medicare eligibility. The link below explains the characteristics of the final stage in this long journey. It is Carole C's blog one of life's little surprises. It is been very helpful to me and others to see what lies down the road ahead.
 

12 comments:

  1. Thank God for Carole and others who can help share the experience so you don't feel so alone. Still...I'm sure it must be hell to see what is coming. I think of you and Barb often....and say prayers for continued strength.

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  2. So sad to see this peek ahead at what is coming. My heart goes out to you.

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  3. It has been good that you were able to be there for her for ten years. The final years with her at home were tough. Sometimes the definitions and identifications seem harsh and wish things could be better.

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  4. Carole's blog seemed so helpful, it is wonderful of her to share her experiences. I am so sorry that Barb has to go through this...and you too. Sending good thoughts your way:)

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  5. Hi Ray - by the way I'm sorry about your rain and flooding ... referenced from my last English tennis post. It's good Barb has a new wheelchair and some medical assistance is coming to the fore.

    I've been over to 'meet' Carole ... we learn so much through our blogging ... and I can see the benefit her thoughts are being to you at this time ... all the very best to you - take care - Hilary

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  6. I often wonder how I would have coped in a similar situation. Sadly, or perhaps not, my Joe's health took a different route.
    God bless!

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  7. I read Carole’s posts and besides the difficult, wrenching times you are both experiencing what I also saw was the deep love and devotion you both share with your spouses. I have experienced dementia in my family and it was the hardest thing I have ever gone through. My thoughts are with you and Barb as you both go through this final stage of this most cruel disease.

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  8. Ray,
    I have followed Carole also and am so glad her posts could help you and let you have a common ground. It is better when someone really understands what you are going through. You are both an inspiration to the rest of us.

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  9. I do feel badly for you folk, especially you.

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  10. I was sorry to learn of Barb's condition. With my continuing challenges post-stroke I know well that your life, like my husband's, has dramatically changed just as the prairie landscape changed. And even though finding and visiting the beautiful blooms is more difficult, persistence is rewarded with capturing their beauty via camera or memory. Hopefully the persistence of you and my husband in the relationship with your spouses will be rewarded with precious memories.

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  11. God bless you and your family.

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  12. Thanks for introducing us to Lily. I can see that she is devoted to you. Also for this entry and I will read the blog that you recommend. I think of you so often and am glad that you still keep us in your life. Many hugs ...

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