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Blogs of Writer, Artist, Photographer, & Caregiver Joanne D. Kiggins

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Joanne has published more than 2,500 articles and was award recipient of the 1990 Woman of the Year for Beaver County, Pennsylvania, for her accomplishments and excellence in journalism and to the community. Her co-authored book, “Unforgettable Journey,” won fifth place in the Grand Beginnings romance contest. An excerpt from her WIP, “Unearthed,” placed her fifth in the Absolute Write Idol contest. Most recently, her essay, “Perseverance,” is published in the Stories of Strength anthology in which 100% of the profits are donated to disaster relief charities. Her most recent articles were published in ByLine Magazine, Writer's Digest, AbsoluteWrite.com, and Moondance.org. She has a monthly freelance writing column at Absolutewrite.com. Currently, she is the sole caregiver for her 85-year-old mother.

Sunday, September 23, 2007

Therapy, Nurses, Mom's Exhausted

I woke up Mom at 9:00 yesterday morning and got her into the shower. Showers are so difficult because she fights me every time the word is mentioned. She hates water on her face. She hates water, period. She never learned to swim because she does not like water.

Showering was finished in 45 minutes, then she was dressed, ate breakfast and sitting in her chair waiting for the entourage of therapists and nurses. The first came at 10:30 just after Mom sat down. Of course there was no time for me to do anything because I had to be in the room, answering questions, filling out paperwork, listening to what the nurses said and did so I would know what I was supposed to do. The first nurse left at 11:40.

I had twenty minutes to get Mom lunch and ready for her next visitor.

The next in line was the home health respite person. She arrived at 12:05. By the time she went over everything with me concerning Mom’s needs, filled out paperwork, and explained the program, it was 1:45.

My daughter had called Monday and said she was coming to visit this weekend. They were coming in for the Steelers game and she wanted to visit Saturday since she wouldn’t be able to visit Sunday. We’d made tentative arrangements for 1:00.

She called at 12:45 but I didn’t answer the phone because I was busy with Mom’s nurses. Called her back around 2:00 and said she could visit for a little while, but I wasn’t sure how long Mom would be in a visiting mood. She was already tired and agitated from the nurses being there.

Angel came for a little while and soon realized how tired Mom was. Angel talked with Mom while I made dinner. She didn’t stay long because she understands the disease and how it affects Mom.

By 4:00 we ate, Mom was even more exhausted and she was ready to go to bed. Once again, when Mom's asleep, I’ll grab whatever sleep I can. It didn't take me long to drop off.

This morning I got Mom up and started another day. Her home health nurse was coming at 11:30.

She was here until 1:00.

The rest of the day was a fiasco!

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