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The Juggling Caregiver

By Claudia R Warner

 

We’re Back!

 

Yep, we are getting back into our “groove.” Many thanks to Lin for giving me a “vacation,” so I could devote my time to Wes. He’s doing great now.

 

During the month that Wes spent in the hospital and the four weeks of in-home therapy, I learned a lot! I plan to share some of it with you in the future, but hope you don’t have to use the ideas.

 

One important, yet simple thing is a name badge. Wes has aphasia and wears a plastic name badge engraved with his name and the words “I understand you but it is hard for me to talk.” You can’t imagine the amount of positive comments we heard about this from doctors, nurses, therapists and anyone else who came in contact with Wes! They said it helped them so much in communicating with him.

 

I bought the plastic badges (yes, we have a back-up one, too) online at an office supply store. You could also go to the store to order them. It is so easy! You select the background color, font color, what you want to say and can even add a logo! Or you could get one of those clear plastic badges that hold an insert and make your own. It also comes in handy when we are in public. Others read it, smile and often chat a bit with Wes.

 

It’s hard to believe that winter is fast approaching. I’ve spent the past month reclaiming the flower beds which were neglected for weeks. Then it was time to get things ready for the winter season. That meant dismantling the tomato trellis, disposing of dried up stems, giving the yard a final mowing, and tilling the garlic beds.

 

I did get the garlic planted and one of the beds obligingly sprouted. Oddly, it was the bed that our dogs ran through! I guess the garlic likes activity! The other bed is in a dog-safe zone and nothing has grown. FYI, garlic bulbs are planted in the fall, grow a bit, and then hibernate until spring comes.

 

The young trees have protective fencing around them as does the new hedge. Last year those rabbits ate everything and we lost so many bushes and perennials that I’m declaring war on the little critters this year. You would think that the scent of dogs would encourage the bunnies to dine elsewhere.

 

Daylight savings time is over for the year. Now we’ll get up, be hungry and get tired at an odd time. It always takes a while to get used to the “new” time but I’m really glad that we’re back on normal time.

 

Ah, November! The scent of pumpkin pies, baking squash and roasting turkey all bring memories of past Thanksgivings. As then, now is the time to share a repast with family and friends and salute the end of Iowa harvest. Another season done and now the earth rests.

 

Happy (American) Thanksgiving to all of you!

 

An optimist is a person who starts a new diet on Thanksgiving Day. ~Irv Kupcinet

 

 

 

 

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