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(((((Jen))))) I hope this is the end for all the reasons you mention. Often a prolonged old age creates hardship for everyone involved and makes no sense to us. Keep us informed.
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Happy Turkey week to everyone. Grandma died ten years ago right after thanksgiving...and it looks like grandpa may finally be passing as well... We are talking comfort measures. He is in bed, possibly permanently, and they are moving to morphine... Please let this be the end. It's enough, the last ten years have been painful, awful and pointless in so many ways, for every one. Thank you to everyone who came and stayed and even blew by, the angry, the supportive and all in-between...
Love, Jen
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have a happy thanksgiving you all xoxo
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"The reason we can't have nice things..." Must be a different version for you bobbie. Let's trade!
Glad you are hanging in there! Still here. Beh what ever. only Journaling. After nothing BUT rejections After interest I figure it must be me. But I better not hear about my stories coming from someone else better written. Tell me that can't happen!
It is snowing here, literally. Great great here comes the cabin fever.
Stay sane and well and warm everyone. Love Jen
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A retired older couple return to a Mercedes dealership where the salesman has just sold the car they were interested in to a beautiful, leggy, busty blonde in a mini skirt and a halter top.

The old man was visibly upset. He spoke to the salesman sharply. “Young man, I thought you said you would hold that car till we raised the $55,000 asking price,” said the older man. “Yet I just heard you close the deal for $45,000 to the lovely young lady there. And if I remember right, you had insisted there was no way you could discount this model.”

The salesman got red in the face, took a deep breath, cleared his throat and reached for a large glass of water. “Well, what can I tell you? She had the cash ready, didn’t need any financing help, and, Sir, just look at her, how could I resist?”, replied the grinning salesman sheepishly.

Just then the young woman approached the senior couple and gave the car keys to the old man… “There you go, Poppa,” she said. “I told you I could get that idiot to lower the price….”

“See you later, Daddy, and Happy Anniversary.”
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Good Morning Crew!

My computer wet the bed after Irma hit us and Comquat (Comcast) was repairing the cable and fried my poor computer through the ethernet port. Man oh man and no they won't accept responsibility. Dogs.

Cuz! My phone still works! I had no idea that anyone was wondering about me but I am more than grateful that you guys were.

Linda texted me! :) Woot! Still have the pics of your grandkids on my phone. Sweet babies!

Speaking of grateful, thanks to Veronica91, cwillie, JessieBelle and Mina7in7Motown for standing up for the Grossed Out Thread with articulate, well thought out posts. It's true that some folks just see the first few posts from back in the day and have no clue what we're about but we're still here and my mom is gone now over 7 years. Hard to believe.

Without the support of the 24/7 caregivers on this thread I don't think I would have made it out to the light. I was in the trenches for 5.5 years and aged 15.

Jen and Meanwhile and Linda09 and Cuz! and all of the strong women and men who have posted here over 8 years have my gratitude and respect.
Jen! Also hard to believe he is still holding on. I hope you are writing! You are so talented!

Christine! No stress, it happens. Not very often but sometimes it does.
Glad that your mom is still here and that she is safe and sound in a nursing home that I bet wasn't easy to find or finance.

I know that's there's a whole other stress involving nursing homes and loved ones but the 24/7 aspect of family Dementia caregiving is the stuff that will give you PTSD no kidding.

If we couldn't laugh and find the funny in the nonstop, long term insanity of the '36 Hour Day' (check that out; a great book), there would be a lot of demented people condemned to living in horrendous circumstances because their caregivers burned out and became sick both mentally and physically.

JesseBelle: 'We are the Nursing Home...' Nailed It.

OK.
I still have the boat, but no longer work at that little marina.
The Kitty (Clawshank the Decimator, the Reason We Can't Have Nice Things) is still here, fat and sassy and sitting on the window sill basking in a sunbeam.
I got her an early Christmas present of a hummingbird feeder attached to the window with suction cups and the hummingbirds take great joy annoying the Cat and the Cat takes great joy trying to figure out how to magically pass through the window and snag a hummingbird. Not going to happen ha.
Alright, now she's opening a cabinet door trying to get my attention. She forgot that she just ate her breakfast and is hungry. Catzheimer's.

Mom used to do that. Forgot she just ate and want to eat again. I swear sometimes I used to make about 5 meals a day. Would make little ones so she always had something to bite.

luckylu! Ow! Does your mom still have all her teeth? Careful or you'll end up pulling back a stump! :)

OK, going out to pick up pinecones so I can mow the grass. They just picked up the Irma storm debris on Wednesday but boy oh boy there's a pile of pine needles and cones out there that need to be raked and the back yard is full of pinecones.

I think I'm going to make ornaments out of them.
Anybody have any ideas? Woot!

lovbob
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Mom thought my baby finger was a french fry and tried to eat it~
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I hope bobbie is doing O.K., been a while or maybe she is just busy there.
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Christine, it may be that because your mother lives in a nursing home that you don't have to live through these things. Many of us here ARE the nursing home. We do the dirty work. If people want to talk about it to help vent the steam, let's not silence them.
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Enlighten me, Mina. Did my post strike a nerve? Is that why you felt you needed to call me out by name for correction? Because you didn't *like my post?

Pretty lengthy response to the remark of an anonymous stranger.
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Jen I tried posting last night but it would not let me. I haven't heard from bobbie yet and yes Michigan is starting to get snow. Parts of the Upper Peninsula are going to get 8" around here it has been mainly rain BUT the white stuff will be coming next week. Hugs
luvCuz
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Thank you, cwillie. In 2 sentences you've captured my exact experience on AC, starting with this thread (exactly like you)......and stated it perfectly (esp. for this thread....lol)..... 
Last Saturday was the 1 year anniversary of my lovely Mom's death......and she had a sense of humor that rivaled no one......it ranged from innocent to bawdy and was often self-deprecating and sharp.....but it was always on target, never mean-spirited.....and no one who knew her was exempt......
In fact, almost all of my best memories of Mom involve her sharp observations of fellow humans and the "human condition" (she was a newspaper journalist for many years) and her hilarious take on same.....I am proud to say we enjoyed many ribald laughter sessions.....
Perhaps Christine should consider bobbie's own background and experience and read more "than a few posts" before casting judgment on a thread that's still going after 8 years.....
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Gallows humour, if you can't say s**t when you have a mouthful then I don't know when else you can. Even though I've never participated in it this is the thread that brought me to AgingCare many years ago.
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Christine, it is a way for many people to relieve some of their stress.
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When I see my mother do things like that, it reminds me how vulnerable she is, and my instinct is to protect...not blab on the internet about how "gross" it is!
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After reading a few posts, I'm just going to say it. It disgusts me and makes me want to cry that you people are basically poking fun at your profoundly ill parents. How ugly and disrespectful! I'm sorry you're so "grossed out" by your own mother. I wish I had never found this post. You're fortunate enough to have your parents with you. My mom lives in a nursing home!!! I'm going to try to forget this thread is here.
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He's not dead. Money is gone in January and the lawyer will do the paper work to get him on Medicaid. Mom doesn't want to move in winter, so who knows. lawyer asked does he look like he is close to dying? Bud, he's been "dying" for ten years... Only dead is dead. My new catch all phrase.
Is Bobbie doing O.K.
Saw Michigan might be getting early snow....
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sorry no jokes but just wondering how everybody is doing. We are just very wet here in Michigan. Over 5 1/2" of rain so far. Basement is wet but fans and towels are drying it up.
Hugs to all
luvCuz
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Hoping Bobbi is safe too.
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Thanks Linda, hoping bobbie is safe too! Let us know cuz.
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linda I have emailed bobbie but haven't heard back. She is probably busy moving boats inland away from the storm surge. If I hear from her I will keep everyone on the thread up on what I find out. I know my youngest has a home just north of Fort Meyers on I believe Pinebay Island but the live here in Michigan. They have hurricane insurance but still doesn't help with what you loose. Thanks for wondering about bobbie. Hugs your way
LuvCuz
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cuz / thinking of bobbie , hope she and her boat and kitty be safe ...
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oh i hope the fires are put out for good . last year the tennesee were in flames . horrible !! i need to go t o the store and stock up on food , hurricanes heading for florida , worried about my brother and his families , prayers for the whole usa ,,
i used to live in apartment for 8 yeARS , WASNT BAD at all , good neighbors good people . some apartment has sh*&y ass people and punks , hope you and mom find a good place .. love you all and hugs !! blessing caregivers .. oh i dreamt about my pa , i forgot all about him and left him in bed soiled and hungry ! lord ! i think i dream that cuz of texas nursing homes leaving old people in bed and wheelchair while the water rise and drowned them .... bad news and gawd awful dream , i woke up and said oh dad you know i would never forget you and your sausage and gravy , wink ,,, i hope he s eating well up at the golden gate ,, xoxo
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Hey Lindaheart. Still alive here, covered in smoke. Forest fires and wild fires, still, I won't trade with Houston though that is awful. life changing awful. Like New Orleans I bet there are people there who don't come back. If we sell the house we will move into an apartment and hope the proceeds last longer than he does...I have never lived in an apartment, still better than homeless, which might come if he does live longer than the proceeds... (96 now, why?) grandma has been gone ten years now. And it feels like it. Hope you are doing O.K. there....Love Jen
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thinking of you all , jsomebody im so sorry for what youre dealing with and now selling the house what the hell ! where will you and ur mom go ?
i am doing ok , hubby is fine . labor day weekend here . hope you all get to enjoy it , am sick to my stomach about texas , and heard about the nursing home situations , not good !
meanwhile and cuz ,, sending you cyber hugs xoxo
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He's still not dead. We will be selling the house by November at this rate...Jen
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I am not at all impressed either.
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Anything to brighten up a bad day is a good day for me. Hugs to all.
luvCuz
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Thanks for the jokes Cuz,
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Senior Wedding at the Villages, Florida


Two very active seniors (Jacob, age 92, and Mary, age 89), living in The Villages, are all excited about their decision to get married. They go for a stroll to discuss the wedding, and on the way they pass a drugstore. Jacob suggests they go in.
Jacob addresses the man behind the counter: Are you the owner?"
pharmacist answers, "Yes."
Jacob: "We're about to get married. Do you sell heart medication?"
Pharmacist: "Of course we do."

Jacob: "How about medicine for circulation?"
Pharmacist: "All kinds"
Jacob: "Medicine for rheumatism?"
Pharmacist: "Definitely."
Jacob: "How about suppositories and medicine for impotence?"

Pharmacist: "You bet!"
Jacob: "Medicine for memory problems, arthritis and Alzheimer's?"
Pharmacist: "Yes, a large variety. The works."
Jacob: "What about vitamins, sleeping pills, Geritol, antidotes for Parkinson's disease?"

Pharmacist: "Absolutely."
Jacob: "Everything for heartburn and indigestion?"
Pharmacist: "We sure do."
Jacob: "You sell wheelchairs and walkers and canes?"
Pharmacist: "All speeds and sizes."
Jacob: "Adult diapers?"
Pharmacist: "Sure, how can I help you?
Jacob: "We'd like to use this store as our Bridal Registry."
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