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  • Mag #216 | Kalilily Time
    it offers an image as a writing prompt Mag 216 Go there to read what others have written in response to this prompt Finland 1968 George F Mobley It is foolish to think you can fool April with bright balloons and colorful plans gatherings of eager hearts April still knows snow disdains the hopeful smiles of children who wait in vain for sunny play Rain is April s message prolonging the held breath of May promising only a fool s failure to remember This entry was posted in Magpie Tales metaphors photography poetry spring winter and tagged April by Elaine Bookmark the permalink 6 thoughts on Mag 216 Tess Kincaid on April 24 2014 at 11 51 am said I like the notion of rain being April s message nice Magaly Guerrero on April 24 2014 at 8 00 pm said April fights back with color and life Precious My Magpie Entry brenda warren on April 26 2014 at 7 33 pm said prolonging the held breath of May So beautiful CC on April 27 2014 at 1 35 am said I m so tired of the prolonging But this is the miserable truth written as beautiful poetry Cait on

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  • April | Kalilily Time
    disdains the hopeful smiles of children who wait in vain for sunny play Rain is April s message prolonging the held breath of May promising only a fool s failure to remember Posted in Magpie Tales metaphors photography poetry spring winter Tagged April The writing in this weblog is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution NoDerivatives 4 0 International License April 2016 S M T W T F S Feb 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 Blogging continuously since November 25 2001 Where it all began Kalilily Time on Blogger Subscribe to Blog via Email Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email Email Address Categories Categories Select Category aging 119 animals and pets 45 aros 27 art 21 bitching 47 blogging 55 books 42 caregiving 79 catastrophes 10 clothes 12 conspiracy theories 18 contests 4 crafts 29 creations 15 creativity 133 crochet 15 culture 137 dance 14 death and dying 57 death and dyring 1 dementia 50 depression 32 dreams 18 economy 56 education 51 elder

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  • Winter is for knitting #1. | Kalilily Time
    like this at a fiber exposition and tried to copy it I didn t have the pattern so I had to improvise I started with the center panel and worked out from there It didn t turn out like the one I saw but it turned out very wearable And it keeps my core warm It s a Cascade Superwash acrylic and wool yarn and it s been machine washed

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  • what the hell is that on her head? | Kalilily Time
    shoulder Not only can t she raise that arm but the whole shoulder is painful even though she s had a cortisone shot After Thanksgiving I am going to arrange for a physical therapist to come over and help her with that arm I think I finally found a place that is certified for Medicare Very often she snaps No literally She snaps and unsnaps those closings on the tops I buy her so that they are easy to get on and off Last night she was desperately trying to snap closed the edges of a very old pillow case that she had long ago sewed snaps on to keep closed I guess she s always been obsessed with snaps When she went to sleep I resewed the ones that were coming off and sewed on a few additional snaps so that she could have yet another snap happy fiddle thing Actually I found a site on the web where you can buy fidget things for people with dementia Other sites suggest these stress reductio n toys My mom will not fiddle with toys She will only fiddle with things that are familiar to her things that she has used in her role as wife and mother Safety pins are one of those things She finds them and pins them to the inside of her slacks The other day I found her picking her teeth with the point of a large safety pin She has a drawer full of various dental picks that I bought her But she uses a safety pin Sigh I spend a lot of time Googling for ideas on how to calm my mother since her fidgeting is associated with her nervousness and anxieties As a result I sent for a really soft furry teddy bear

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  • Caregiving | Kalilily Time
    catastrophes death and dying dementia depression family holiday metaphors Tagged caregiving demential family stress 8 1 2 Posted on August 2 2006 by Elaine That s eight and a half hours in the ER We left at 5 p m It s now almost 2 a m I haven t eaten since lunch and I m sitting here eating baba ghannouj with a spoon and drinking V 8 Fusion because it hurts when I chew because I had a tooth extracted yesterday Mom was severely dehydrated and we couldn t seem to stop the diarrhea So they took all kinds of her fluids for testing stuck a hydrating infusion in her arm X rayed her and did a CAT scan of her stomach and intestines They didn t find anything that we didn t already know was there nothing that would be causing her to spend so much time sitting on the commode So just in case they gave her an antibiotic and we loaded up on gatorade on the way home And just to make the day complete as I was rushing around making sure I had her health insurance info and stuffing extra clothes for her in a bag along with a water bottle kleenex etc etc my flip flop caught on something sticking out of her wheelchair and I did some damage to my second toe on my left foot No time to worry about that right At the hospital my toe started throbbing turning purple I had the option of signing myself into the ER too and have my toe X rayed but that would have left my sib to deal with my mother all by himself My toe hurt and looked gross but I could bend it and move it so I figured it s just a bad bruise I opted to tend to the reason we were there in the first place She is supposed to consume nothing but ginger ale and gatorade for the next two days If she refuses to drink as she has been doing midst fits of dementia it s back to the hospital and back on the IV I m wondering how they ever manage situations like this in nursing homes It took two of us to manage the care of one of her I m still hungry But I m also tired I don t know which need I ll fill after I post this Either way it s been a hell of a day Posted in caregiving death and dying dementia family health Tagged caregiving dementia family stress old age crazy diarrhea diarhea diarrea Posted on July 27 2006 by Elaine It doesn t matter how you spell it google will find it And my mother has had it for four days now We called the doctor today and will be bringing a sample to the lab for testing Nothing has worked to get it under control I m trying to make her drink Pedialite but she

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  • Demential | Kalilily Time
    only can t she raise that arm but the whole shoulder is painful even though she s had a cortisone shot After Thanksgiving I am going to arrange for a physical therapist to come over and help her with that arm I think I finally found a place that is certified for Medicare Very often she snaps No literally She snaps and unsnaps those closings on the tops I buy her so that they are easy to get on and off Last night she was desperately trying to snap closed the edges of a very old pillow case that she had long ago sewed snaps on to keep closed I guess she s always been obsessed with snaps When she went to sleep I resewed the ones that were coming off and sewed on a few additional snaps so that she could have yet another snap happy fiddle thing Actually I found a site on the web where you can buy fidget things for people with dementia Other sites suggest these stress reductio n toys My mom will not fiddle with toys She will only fiddle with things that are familiar to her things that she has used in her role as wife and mother Safety pins are one of those things She finds them and pins them to the inside of her slacks The other day I found her picking her teeth with the point of a large safety pin She has a drawer full of various dental picks that I bought her But she uses a safety pin Sigh I spend a lot of time Googling for ideas on how to calm my mother since her fidgeting is associated with her nervousness and anxieties As a result I sent for a really soft furry teddy bear and made a sweater for it with a Polish logo You ve heard of Polar Bears Well this is a Polish Bear I thought that stroking the bear s fur might relax her I thought the Polish theme would attract her Nope She knows it s a toy Cute but no cigar Well I tried In another day I m planning to try to leave to go to my daughter s for Thanksgiving Actually I m going no matter what I don t know how my brother is going to manage but I m leaving enough food clean underwear desserts etc so that my mom will have whatever she needs He just has to make sure that she gets it all I can t wait to see my grandson who has been unofficially adopted by the guys in the local firehouse that his mom takes him to visit periodically The last time he was there they gave him a piece of real fire hose including nozzle and a door chock whatever that is His firefighter suit of course is compliments of Grammy He wants to be a firefighter when he grows up Also the owner of a tree cutting service Or a

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  • 8 1/2 | Kalilily Time
    the option of signing myself into the ER too and have my toe X rayed but that would have left my sib to deal with my mother all by himself My toe hurt and looked gross but I could bend it and move it so I figured it s just a bad bruise I opted to tend to the reason we were there in the first place She is supposed to consume nothing but ginger ale and gatorade for the next two days If she refuses to drink as she has been doing midst fits of dementia it s back to the hospital and back on the IV I m wondering how they ever manage situations like this in nursing homes It took two of us to manage the care of one of her I m still hungry But I m also tired I don t know which need I ll fill after I post this Either way it s been a hell of a day This entry was posted in caregiving death and dying dementia family health and tagged caregiving dementia family stress old age crazy by Elaine Bookmark the permalink 2 thoughts on 8 1 2 Marijane on August 2 2006 at 5 27 pm said I don t necessarily believe that what doesn t kill us will make us stronger But numerous people in different aspects of my life have said that I am the only one they know with the strength to handle the loss of my daughter and yet raise her children in a happy healthy home I don t know why women of strength seem to be tasked the most and plagued with adversity at every turn I find that strength a curse more than a benefit at times I think the same is

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  • Dementia | Kalilily Time
    day Posted in caregiving death and dying dementia family health Tagged caregiving dementia family stress old age crazy diarrhea diarhea diarrea Posted on July 27 2006 by Elaine It doesn t matter how you spell it google will find it And my mother has had it for four days now We called the doctor today and will be bringing a sample to the lab for testing Nothing has worked to get it under control I m trying to make her drink Pedialite but she s not very cooperative Right now she s up combing her hair with a toothbrush I m making her some chicken broth with cut up baked potato That s supposed to OK for her to eat We ll soon see Posted in caregiving death and dying dementia family food Tagged caregiving dementia And chaos reigns supreme Posted on September 25 2003 by Elaine This is the view across the top of my roll top desk past my room divider into my kitchen Like my life Chaos Still getting over major tooth abcess and root canal work Now mother hearing voices singing Polish Christmas Caroles while the podiatrist who she insists is Polish but he s not is working on her hammer toe While making broccoli soup in my Vita Mix didn t realize that the machine was set on high speed and the cover wasn t on tight enough and heh broccoli bits all over everything including me Made batches of pesto with the harvested basil after I cleaned up the broccoli mess Still not ready for the craft fair that I do once a year need to print up signs finish a few more items and price everything New items this year thanks to a brainstorm of my breast feeding daughter washable nursing necklaces and shawls Am almost done using putting transfers that I printed up on my computer on a special t shirt to wear to BloggerCon Finished harvesting my tomatoes basil and parsley now have to clean out my garden before frost hits Gotta get to the library to return Dan Brown s Angels Demons which was so enthralling to me that I read it in one day instead of cleaning up some of the chaos As an ex Catholic who went to 13 years of Catholic school and is totally fascinated with the lore of Church and its roots in paganism I just loved this symbol taken from the book Gotta pick up The Secret Life of Bees which is waiting for me at the library as well as one of Judith Jance s mysteries on tape that I can listen to on my way back and forth to Boston Next stop is at Hannaford to pick up my mother s prescription for Quinine for her leg cramps and then to Joanne s for fabric to cover seams that I let out from a jacket I love that I made smaller years ago when I WAS smaller When my friend P stopped

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