The Obituary

My father’s obituary was crafted the night and early morning of February 17-18, 2020 beginning at 9:00pm and ending at 2:00am. At the time, I was the primary caregiver for my mother who was suffering from dementia, which cemented her toxic personality into a mental prison of paranoia, rage, and mood lability. After I finishedContinue reading “The Obituary”

The Adult Daughter with the Notebook: An Irony

Here they would come, always from out of town. Frazzled, but determined. The notebook, usually from the hospital gift shop. But sometimes they were prepared. As a medical social worker, I sat in on these meetings. To help with discharge planning, end of life decisions, support to the family during their pain, confusion, anger. “DidContinue reading “The Adult Daughter with the Notebook: An Irony”

Palpable Gratitude

“…judicial orders act to deprive the ward of the right to make decisions on her own behalf with respect to care, treatment placement, support and maintenace.” I read the lines of the Statement of Duties and Responsibilities of a Court-Appointed Guardian. I take notes in one of my now three notebooks, this one titled “Lois.*”Continue reading “Palpable Gratitude”

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