Category Archives: Sandwich Generation

The end of the end

On Tuesday morning, my sister and I put the girls on the school bus, then packed her suitcase and headed to Mom’s. It was time to say goodbye. She was headed to Florida for a business meeting. Duty calls, you … Continue reading

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I love you, Chiquita.

RIP Constance C. Bruzek, aka “Chiquita” 1938-2011 You are truly loved and missed.

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Assisted living and hospice

What a difference a month makes. So, as of my last post,  Mom was diagnosed with a blood clot (we found out several weeks later that it was actually TWO clots). She stayed in the hospital for another ten days. … Continue reading

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Awww, sugar, sugar!

Continued from yesterday: I was visiting Mom at the nursing home on a Thursday afternoon. She seemed okay, but a bit fatigued. She told me she’d gotten dizzy at rehab that morning, and she was lying on her bed when … Continue reading

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Six weeks away

Not long after my last post, Chiquita wound up in the hospital. Her feet had been swollen, so I took her to the doc to get them checked out. Turns out her oral diuretics weren’t enough to control the swelling; … Continue reading

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Prognosis

Wednesday morning, we met with a hospice nurse from the home healthcare company. On Friday, I took Mom to see her friendly neighborhood oncologist. We had a lot of questions. What were her treatment options? And what the hell was … Continue reading

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The Truth Will Set You Free

When I was at the bus stop yesterday morning, I was chatting it up with the neighbors. Eventually all but one drifted away to start their days. We chatted for a moment more, then drifted off ourselves. “You know,” he … Continue reading

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The Big C-4: Dropping the Bomb

This isn’t how it was supposed to happen. Today, my sister spoke to my mom from 500 miles away, and dropped the bomb: Stage 4 Cancer. Mom hadn’t heard that yet. I only knew because of a hastily whispered conversation … Continue reading

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Breathing easy

Mom was released from the nursing home last Wednesday, October 13. I attended the care conference on Tuesday morning, and after listening to the head therapy person tell me that Mom surely had 3 or 4 more weeks of therapy … Continue reading

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Happy about hospice?

Mom’s still in the nursing home; she just started week two. The next step is to get her OUT. My sister in Chicago got on the phone and handled a mess of things, but was unable to contact Mom’s primary … Continue reading

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