What Would We do Without Water? #hydration #health #elderlyissues #atozchallenge

Most of my clients don’t need to pump their own water though some are on well water. I recently got a call from adopted family in Africa. ” My wife is sick and the baby is bloated.There are no resources and no medicine and the hospitals are out of reach.” Have your wife lay downContinue reading “What Would We do Without Water? #hydration #health #elderlyissues #atozchallenge”

Our View #elderlyissues #atozchallenge

As a caregivers we may have clear ideas of what our family member needs. After all in many cases we have known them our entire lives. “My father only likes tuna fish for lunch. It’s all he ever eats.” My client eyes my salad so I give him some tomatoes and carrots. Our view intoContinue reading “Our View #elderlyissues #atozchallenge”

Uncovering Needs #elderlyissues #atozchallenge

I have found that working with the elderly is like digging for treasure – I am never disappointed with what I find. There are times (especially with dementia) that we must uncover their needs or what makes them happy. Every person has things that have meaning. It could be an activity like going to theContinue reading “Uncovering Needs #elderlyissues #atozchallenge”

Time Goes Too Fast #elderlyissues #atozchallenge #photography #poetry

  Time… moves as the sun faster than we run a round face with hands a circular plan each hour marked never light never dark Time moves without thinking heart beat quickly ticking a baby’s yawn before early dawn colors beam time  day on one side  ebbs the flow of the tide aging woman, manContinue reading “Time Goes Too Fast #elderlyissues #atozchallenge #photography #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”

Moms and Memory #elderlyissues #atozchallenge

Morning Glory Trail sun rises with a smile her hands still agile *** We are fortunate my mother still has an agile mind and a healthy body. As our moms age, we go through denial, look for the person she was, put the remaining pieces together in a way we can deal with. Many ofContinue reading “Moms and Memory #elderlyissues #atozchallenge”

The Letter L #atozchallenge #noir #fiction

  I slowly traced the letter “L” in the thick wool carpet. I left her blood stain to help me keep my edge. “Lily I can’t let go of this. I know you would want me to help” I felt a tug was it sleep? a drug? pulling me down, down down… **** A screamContinue reading “The Letter L #atozchallenge #noir #fiction”

Kindness #atozchallenge #elderlyissues

Reached out a hand shadow covers life’s light she held mine *** Kindness seems like a great word for the A to Z challenge as we start a new week   “She was the kindest and loving neighbor I’ve ever had.” “She was kind and thoughtful to everyone in her life” “She never said anContinue reading “Kindness #atozchallenge #elderlyissues”

Cross Roads for “X” #atozchallenge

At the crossroads our eyes met a young boy driving cattle in a city traffic jam my jaw drops at the sight  what world have I been sent back in time to you reached your hand through the window no need to fear you offer meat filled skewers MacDonalds you are not but the foodContinue reading “Cross Roads for “X” #atozchallenge”

wire #children #atozchallange

man size stripes children forced to bare who will make this right cold hard becomes the stare *** wire cuts clean through  innocence dies sign our own doom none believe the lies * children pay the price no money can repay history must think twice there is a judgement day My Focus this month isContinue reading “wire #children #atozchallange”

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