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Deserving

The last few days have been tough. Mom fell on Sunday morning and call for me for an hour before I heard her (it was early morning and I was sleeping.) When I finally woke up, we called the firemen for a “non-emergency lift” and later that day I got baby monitors so I could …

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Random Notes about Hospice

Morphine is not living up to the hype. As a “Generation X”er, I am sure that most of my colleagues remember sitting in health class and being told terrible things about drugs. How they were so addictive and terrible. Of course, heroin was the most terrible of all. One dose and you would become a …

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Healthy Steps – Week 48

This week I weighed in at my normal at work meeting. It is so wonderful to type the word “normal” and to really feel like something close to that is approaching my life. Excitingly, I was down 2 pounds. As my goal right now is just to stay on an even keel, that felt good. …

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Healthy Steps – Weeks 46 & 47

So, in all this drama, what am I doing about my goal of taking healthy steps. Well, actually, I’d like to report some progress. It’s all non-scale victories. I’m back to eating breakfast, lunch, and dinner. As such, my blood sugar seems to have stabilized, which in turn makes me feel better. I have been …

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Where’s a saber tooth tiger when you need one?

Today it has become clear to me that humans were not meant to live a long time. We were meant to be killed and eaten in our prime by a saber tooth tiger. As Thomas Hobbes put it, “Life is nasty, brutish, and short.” I wish! Mom had a bad pain day today. I’m not …

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The ‘Ove’ Glove Meltdown

Right now, if you take any 15 minute segment of my time at home, there is at least one instance of me trying desperately to remember, within about 6 feet, where the most likely place for any given item might be. Dishes. Papers. Medicines. Clothes. Food. The dog (probably near the food…) I consider myself …

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My way

When I was a “rebellious” teen, it used to absolutely infuriate me that whenever I would leave the house, my dad would tell me to put on my coat. It did matter if it was -20° or a balmy 65°. “You should put on a coat,” he would tell me as a was going out …

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Peggy Judy Workshop

Prologue The last few days I’ve been thinking about angels. Not really the ones with wings, but the people who call, write, move things, take care, find resources, respect wishes, give hugs, and leave comments. Sometimes it feels so amazing that there are so many in my life and Mom’s. Thank you, every one of …

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Timeline

November 4, 2018 My mom, Maggie, came up to visit me. She arrived and went out to lunch, did a little shopping, and then went out to dinner. We watched a movie at home that evening. The reason for her visit was to go to the doctor’s on Monday for her annual oncologist visit . …

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Healthy Steps – Weeks 42-45

I need to get this straight. Week 42 was Oct. 31. It was a black-out day. Week 43 was November 7. I gained 5 pounds. Week 44 was November 14. I was taking a workshop in Tubac, Arizona and did not weight in. Week 45 was today. I gained 3.4 pounds and my life in …

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