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Thursday, September 16, 2010

You have to love them, they don't allow you to kill them!! Why Lord was I born the oldest and given 2 out of 3 brothers who seem oblivious to what I have undertaken with our father. Two have visited him this year and about all they have done is make more work for me! I am glad they have taken the time to travel from Illinois to Florida to visit him-he just turned 99 this week, but it would certainly have been nice to hear these words out of their mouth: Gee, sis, you do this 24/7, is there anything we can do while we are here to help you???? Not likely to hear that. I am thankful for the remaining brother who does try to help me when he is able-he travels a lot on his job so that limits his involvement, but he will do anything he can.
This was not how I thought retirement was going to be and my husband and I have pretty much put our life on hold for now (and we aren't getting any younger either) but I wouldn't have it any other way because when all is said and done, I will know that I did all that I could to make dad's last years the best they could be for him.
This week we have had 3 funerals for friends - last one will be tomorrow - so it brings home the point, life is fragile, handle with care. All of them were a lot younger than dad, 67, 70 and 82 so it makes me realize how precious every day is, live it like it is your last and you will have no regrets.
Now, I am going to bed so I can get up and attend one more funeral tomorrow and I will say goodbye to my brother as he heads home tomorrow. Then I am going to take the weekend easy and try to get ready for a short vacation later on next week. We are finally going to get to go see our grandson, Jeremy, who is now home from rehab. Body is pretty much healed, the brain, that is another story. Also we will finally get to meet our new great granddaughter who it seems is sleeping and eating a little better.
Good nite all.
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    It is so wonderful that you can do so much for your father but you need to take care of yourself too. I think you need the break so enjoy it when it happens. Continued prayers for all! HUGS!
    3823 days ago
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    Rest, it can be difficult, check out http://familycaregiving101.org/

    for resources for you. As a caregiver, you need to keep yourself healthy, and refreshed. It takes a lot out of you.
    3824 days ago
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