Category: Family

Urgency + Unknown = "COVID-19 Quarantine Fatigue"

I could preach to you, but you already know… we are all experiencing some sort of COVID-19 Quarantine Fatigue.  You have probably fallen victim to one if not all of the following symptoms: Irritability Increased sense of Stress Anxiety Eating More Eating Less Inability to Sleep The desire to only Sleep Unmotivated Reduction in Productivity... Read more »

The Weight Long Term Care Cannot Withstand

In my sophomore year of high school, I remember a physics assignment in which groups of us competed to build a bridge out of balsa wood which could withstand increasing weight placed by the teacher.   I recall our teacher pulling out a sample of balsa wood, which created gasps within the entire classroom as... Read more »

New Challenges in Dementia Care: The Bi-Polarization of Relationships during the Age of COVID-19

It has been very difficult for many people to adjust to the swing from one extreme to another in terms of relationships in the face of COVID.  We are so used to living in the middle, straddling the concept of complete saturation and long-distance connections. We are used to employing the help that we need... Read more »
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Walking out with more than just the fear of COVID

If a realtor’s mantra is “location, location, location!”, then anyone caring for someone living with dementia should own the mantra “approach, approach, approach!”. It is truly all in the delivery.  You can choose to let the words just randomly fall out of your mouth and hope that the listener can read minds and secretly knows... Read more »

The Joy Was Truly In The Journey

“And we’re stopping… we’re stopping… STOPPING!” I squealed as my daughter hesitated with the brakes.  It was a Sunday morning, early enough to enjoy the temperate Chicagoland weather with the windows open and very few other drivers on the road. “Relax Mom, I just started driving, like yesterday!” she responded back as I used the... Read more »

The Agony of the Autopsy

I am a “Why?” person.  I am never finished asking questions and I am constantly wanting to dig deeper, uncovering the essential “why?” behind it all.  My best friends are very comfortable with discarding of the body of evidence.  They feel no remorse or shame in burying unanswered questions and letting well enough alone.  I,... Read more »
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An Open Letter to My Autistic Son

  Jack, I can only imagine how difficult the school years have been for you. There have been countless days of you coming home embarrassed , ashamed, unsure and afraid. You have endured being made fun of, not fitting in, feeling like an outsider and dis-included from the group.  Your reservation in self advocacy has... Read more »

What I Want For Mother's Day

What I want for Mother’s Day is recognition. But not the type you would expect.  I want others to recognize, identify my family for who they are.  You see, as a self proclaimed savant of movies and uniquely hilarious sitcoms, I may have found a way to use my gift of memorized movie quotes to poke fun... Read more »

Dear Current Employeer: An Admission of Spring Break Defeat

Dear Current Employer, You may have found it strange that I encouraged you to extended you weekend plans as we parted last week.  I had known you were going out of town and I was secretly hoping for you to stay as long as possible.  Please don’t take this wrong, I meant no disrespect.  It’s... Read more »
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Food Economics: A 10 Year Old's Guide To The Lunch Table Trade

When I asked my son how he has been liking his new school, his first comment was “Just keep those mini muffins commin’, OK?” “I take it you like your lunch period,” I remarked.  He responded in a linty of food economic terms that had me floored. He went on to tell me of the... Read more »