Just One Cookie #Christmas #Joy

He really wasn’t a Scrooge he just didn’t like giving gifts. He wasn’t a mean guy he just didn’t like people. Then there came a day when a little boy maybe 2 or 3 rushed up to this man who had seen the underside of war and needed a bottle to sober him. “Mister, misterContinue reading “Just One Cookie #Christmas #Joy”

Parkinsons – not welcome #elderlyissues #atozchallenge #poetry

Hard to move hands and feet are one with metal I’m pushing my stroller big wheels are on a wheelchair I want to slump in fatigue enveloped in an old body muscles feel like jello “Keep moving” “Reach for the Moon”   There is no easy diagnosis for the elderly. Parkinsons joins the ranks ofContinue reading “Parkinsons – not welcome #elderlyissues #atozchallenge #poetry”

Nexus #elderlyissues #atozchallenge

    For the elderly person the nexus of life can be chronic illness. Its the one thing so many share. My husband’s brothers all talk about the illnesses they share or how many times they go to the doctor – uggh.  Disease (doctors) might seem like the core of life but it doesn’t needContinue reading “Nexus #elderlyissues #atozchallenge”

Dementia #atozchallenge #elderlyissues #dragons

“Honey, I lost another one…” “Okay, let me get my glasses on so I can find my shoes.” “Why do you need shoes?” “So I can help you find what you lost.” “Are you okay? We don’t need shoes to find the word I lost just now.”   As I get older I cant tellContinue reading “Dementia #atozchallenge #elderlyissues #dragons”

Care Givers #atozchallenge #elderly

  She brought a fragrant rose every day. I always wanted to change Chelsie’s name to Joy. She reminded me of a fountain that was always bubbling over with joy. She always knocked on the door at 9:55 in the morning. Mr. C would go off to do his errands. Chelsie and I would doContinue reading “Care Givers #atozchallenge #elderly”

Alzheimers and Old Butcher Knives Part 2 #atozchallenge #elderly

“Millie came to visit… The RAT never suspected. Never suspected a thing. Extra sugar can hide almost anything. The one thing my husband enjoyed was my home baked cookies.” “Oh well. Thanks for your candor and for the cookie. I need to go now. Have a good day ma’am.” I tried not to run offContinue reading “Alzheimers and Old Butcher Knives Part 2 #atozchallenge #elderly”

Alheimers and old butcher knives #short Story #atozchallenge

“Daddy was the main caregiver for mama who has had Alzheimer’s for several years. She never knows who I am when I visit. At home she always had a pattern: She would look out the window, get a plate and arrange some cookies,  sit on a chair and wait. She would do that three times.Continue reading “Alheimers and old butcher knives #short Story #atozchallenge”

Gravel Tears #sorrow #hospice #tears #elderly

I caught up with a tear today it was from old despair in attempt to grasp at it it ran away from there * pain’s etched upon a heart at death we cannot grasp it leaves on wind before we know our hands one final clasp * I caught up with a tear today mingledContinue reading “Gravel Tears #sorrow #hospice #tears #elderly”

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