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Detached Caring, continued…

Detached Caring, continued…

Today’s offering is a continuation of excerpts from Susan McCurry’s book, When A Family Member Has Dementia. As I’ve mentioned, I would have benefited greatly from just being aware of even a fraction of one of her chapters. The full details of the book are...
The Tool of Detached Caring

The Tool of Detached Caring

This is a continuation of an excerpt from Susan McCurry’s book, When A Family Member Has Dementia. As I mentioned, I would have benefited greatly from just being aware of even a fraction of one of her chapters.  I was not. Therefore, I didn’t do so hot in caring for...
Grab A Tool-Belt

Grab A Tool-Belt

This is an excerpt from one of my favorite go-to books by Susan McCurry.  Had I had these suggestions when I first began caring for Mom, I would have had a lot less tears.  Frankly, I did everything “wrong,” i.e., I argued, debated, tried to reason because “I was...
Hold Out Your Cup

Hold Out Your Cup

Someday I will be able to write about hitting rock bottom, just not today.  Let’s just say I was done.  Fini. Kaputski. I wanted to rest.  Sleep.  Be at peace. Fortunately, I had a handful of persuasive friends who often pulled me up and out of the abyss of my wanting...
One Simple Practice

One Simple Practice

A friend shared a phrase with me once that has kept me from becoming overwhelmed.  It is simply, “Just focus on one thing.  One thing.”  When that feeling of overwhelm starts creeping into my consciousness, I literally say out loud, “One thing, Vic. Just one thing.” ...