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Howlyncat
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   Posted 3/1/2005 5:24 AM (GMT -7)   
  Good Morning All........My name is Lyn and I was just made a moderator for the Alzheimers forum.As stated in previous posts my mother has AD and has had for over 7 years,I have been moms primary caregiver since her dx. I have been reading previous threads and posts and have come to know some of you or a bit of your situation thru them.I do hope that we together can make this a place to come where we can get support ...ask questions and get answers .......laugh together and if need be even cry together.I am hoping to be able to ask some of the more seasoned veterans for their help as I am sure i may stumble...............for too I am only human.SnowyLynne I look forward to yakking about our days as nurses and the changes that are now in effect,,,,,,,,,,,and to all the rest I hope you will pop in and say hello.I am on the crohns forum and have pyoderma gangrenosum.I look forward to meeting you all...........................................TAKE CARE and GOD BLESS..............................................................................................I Cant Change Your Past With All Its Heartache And Pain,Nor The Future With Its Untold Stories...............But I Can Be There Now When You Need Me To Care..................................God Bless...........................LYN


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   Posted 3/1/2005 8:18 AM (GMT -7)   
Good morning Lyn. I have a s-i-law with AD. It's been good to read many of the posts from there. I have only recently found Healing well but have found so many nice folks here and am sure I will learn so much from each one. Good luck to you. Carol

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SnowyLynne
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   Posted 3/1/2005 8:35 AM (GMT -7)   
Hey there! I also have Osteoporosis,Pernicious Anemia,HBP,Hypothyroid,Emphysema,Osteoarthritis that I've had since I was 25,most likely due to the 2 years I was on steroids from having ITP when I was 19.A Splenectomy was what saved my life.
But I have AD too,that sucks,lol.But I'm a very high funtioning person with AD.That's why I am here,to maybe help others.
SnowyLynne


AlwaysRosie
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   Posted 3/1/2005 9:57 AM (GMT -7)   
Snowy: You have really had a full medical history!!! My goodness (((((((((Snowy))))))))). You are such an active upbeat person to have had so many medical problems. Snowy, YOU ROCK!!!


LKE/Lyn:

I would like to welcome you as our new moderator. Thank you for taking this on.

Something I am very interested in is finding activities to do with dad. If anyone finds a web-site that has suitable activities, it would be a large help. I am finding it very thereaputic for him to do something with his hands and have a project to show people when they visit. It gives him something to fill his time and something to talk about. I can see him beaming when he takes me to the projects we have done together to show me. (He doesn't realize that we did it together.)

Also, I have read a lot of Snowy's posts. She has posted a wealth of knowledge regarding appropriate meds and meds that shouldn't be taken by an AD person. It would be a great help if that information were collected and "pinned" to the top of the forum. We may even find some other helpful ideas that should be pinned.

Lyn . . . maybe this forum will become more active now.

Blessings!
In His grip,
AlwaysRosie
Psalms: 139                                                          SAD, UCTD, Hashimoto's


Howlyncat
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   Posted 3/1/2005 11:59 AM (GMT -7)   
Carol, SnowyLynne and AlwaysRosie............First I want to thank you for the warm welcome..........My God SL you have alot on your plate dont you , I think of you thru the posts that you are such a strong and vibrant woman with a wealth of information.I sincerely hope that we can all work together and make this forum come alive.........all your ideas everyone,as well as any input we will benefit from.I said in my first post I will stumble but I am a quick study(so dont hesitate to correct me and point me in the right direction) With SnowyLynns help we will get together the meds that are not for AD (I was in total shock over the ativan)..if you dont mind SL and any other information that would/could be useful for the caregivers and the people with AD..................Lets get this forum going ...........Thanks again for your kind and warm welcome GOD BLESS ALL

     I Cannot Keep Your Feet From Stumbling : I Can Only Offer My Hand...........That You May Grasp It..........And Not Fall......God Bless.....Lyn

  AlwaysRosie............I am sure if we all put are heads together we will come up with plenty of things for you to do with your Dad...........My mom and I do things and I will gladly post to see if any of this would be of interest to you ..........................................................Lyn

Post Edited (LKE aka Lyn Kyle Emerick) : 3/1/2005 12:24:01 PM (GMT-7)


Howlyncat
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   Posted 3/1/2005 12:35 PM (GMT -7)   
AlwaysRosie........one of my moms favorite things to do is look at old photos and we always pull them out and lay them on the floor.I thought it would be a good project as well as fun to make a collage of these pics so now she likes to make them at least once a week and has them in her room.I dont know if you and your dad would like something like that but just a thought. Another thing mom myself and my daughter do together is when the leaves have been falling we collect them and identify them and then take them home and i lay them out on saran wrap,a piece on bottom and lay out the leaves and then another piece over top and then she irons it or has my girl do it. i remember her helping me with this as aproject for school many many years ago lol.........But of couse that one is for the fall season..I dont know if these may be of interest to you but i hope so if not let me know and i am sure there are others that know of some great things for you and your dad to do together . God Bless You and Yours ..................................................LYN


    I cannot keep your feet from stumbling..........I can only offer my hand that you might grasp it and not fall...........Lyn

Post Edited (LKE aka Lyn Kyle Emerick) : 3/1/2005 12:43:38 PM (GMT-7)


AlwaysRosie
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   Posted 3/1/2005 12:40 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks LKE/Lyn . . . this sounds exciting!!

BTW: If you go into "Control Panel" (upper left of screen) and then "Edit Profile" . . . you can save yourself some work by making a permanent signature with your quote underneath. Then it will always pop-into your posts.

Blessings!
In His grip,
AlwaysRosie
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Howlyncat
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   Posted 3/1/2005 12:44 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks just found that out lol ....take care and I hope you and your dad are well
    I cannot keep your feet from stumbling..........I can only offer my hand that you might grasp it and not fall...........Lyn


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   Posted 3/1/2005 12:44 PM (GMT -7)   
Hey LKE/Lyn !!!!

LOL we were posting at the same time!!! Yes, thank you for the ideas. Snowy was the one who told me about the jigsaw puzzles. I really didn't think much of it until I tried it . . . it has been a great success . . . thanks again Snowy!!! So I will try most anything!! Thanks.

Blessings!
In His grip,
AlwaysRosie
Psalms: 139                                                          SAD, UCTD, Hashimoto's


Howlyncat
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   Posted 3/1/2005 1:00 PM (GMT -7)   
AlwaysRosie.as well as mom helping me to put the pics just so i keep telling her who it is and I know she is able to pick out some of the family,I think this is why I honestly found it so rewarding for me as well........we put old pets in there ,her nursing school buddies all different things .well you get the picture right.I am going to try the puzzles that SnowyLynne had recommened with mom .I am sure she will just love it ..........God Bless
    I cannot keep your feet from stumbling..........I can only offer my hand that you might grasp it and not fall...........Lyn


AlwaysRosie
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   Posted 3/1/2005 1:13 PM (GMT -7)   
LKE/Lyn:

The pictures ARE great!! Mom and Dad's dining room has pictures of everyone hanging so we can point out the person we are talking about to Dad. One of my brother's put together a colage of racing pictures (dad owned and drove a stock-car when he was in his 40's and 50's) this colage is a constant source of pride for him. He shows me several times each visit and we talk about the race days and the crashes and the car repair etc., etc. . . So the pictures are a SUPER idea!!

Maybe I should take my camera with me and add some new ones!! We'll take pictures of the jigsaw puzzles that he put together . . . sounds like fun!

Thanks again!!!!

Blessings!
In His grip,
AlwaysRosie
Psalms: 139                                                          SAD, UCTD, Hashimoto's


Howlyncat
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   Posted 3/1/2005 1:33 PM (GMT -7)   
AR..sure am glad I could help it was the jigsaw puzzles idea of Snowys that made that come to mind.My mothers house is a total walk down memory lane with pics and Cait(daughter) and I had to put together one for a school project years ago and so my mom loved that one and now it is a real great ritual that has given us real quality time together .It is especially so heartwarming to hear my mom LAUGH from the bottom of her tummy at some of these pics.....I hope you have as much fun and share as much with your dad doing this as I have with my mom.If you start going "snap happy" thats just great too.The more pics the better the collages.Have a great time........... God Bless ...................Taking pics of the jigsaw puzzles is an awesome idea .
    I cannot keep your feet from stumbling..........I can only offer my hand that you might grasp it and not fall...........Lyn


Howlyncat
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   Posted 3/1/2005 4:16 PM (GMT -7)   
Always Rosie .was just looking at where i posted about the leaves .well i meant to say waxed paper lol .can you imagine ironing saran wrap ........................that would be something i would do ha ha...........take care all .and God Bless
    I cannot keep your feet from stumbling..........I can only offer my hand that you might grasp it and not fall...........Lyn


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   Posted 3/1/2005 4:20 PM (GMT -7)   
Oh . . . we had always used waxed paper . . . but after your post, I thought i would try plastic wrap and cover it with waxes paper to protect the iron. . . I just thought you had a way to do it that I hadn't heard!! LOL

I never would have thought of leaves . . . we'll have to remember that next year. Thanks.

Blessings!
In His grip,
AlwaysRosie
Psalms: 139                                                          SAD, UCTD, Hashimoto's


Howlyncat
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   Posted 3/1/2005 4:52 PM (GMT -7)   
I will be on in the early am if everyone would like to get some ideas together on how we can keep this forum up and kicking.................SnowyLynne I know you will have some great input on what we can do .I have to go and check on mom and dad and make sure all the lights are out except for the one we call "OLE FAITHFUL" and turn on her lifeline.My dad is at the house with her but it is hard for him as she sometimes only wants me or that girl (cait) there.My head is so full of "threads' right now so I will write them down and anyone else out there please..............lets make this the livliest forum going .Its almost 7 pm in ontario CANADA so i had better get over ther mom likes to be tucked in with her pillows and blankets a special way no later than 730(tends to get restless) so i will check in later and first thing in the am .....God Bless YOU ALL
    I cannot keep your feet from stumbling..........I can only offer my hand that you might grasp it and not fall...........Lyn


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   Posted 3/1/2005 5:39 PM (GMT -7)   
In the am I will be going over to pick Larry up at the rehab.hosp.bringing him home,then off to get him a badly needed haircut.
SnowyLynne


AlwaysRosie
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   Posted 3/1/2005 7:58 PM (GMT -7)   
Dear Snowy,

I trust that Larry is your hubby. Do have a good day with him . . . I hope he is feeling better.

Blessings Snowy,


Lyn: You live in Ontario? Hmmmm I have family in Midland, Penetang and Barrie. Where in Ontario are you?

Blessings!
In His grip,
AlwaysRosie
Psalms: 139                                                          SAD, UCTD, Hashimoto's


Howlyncat
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   Posted 3/1/2005 8:07 PM (GMT -7)   
SnowyLynne...........How is your husband doing? I hope you are doing okay today.We have one blast of a storm happening where I am in Ontario and here I thought we were done with the snow lol.Well maybe we will see you after hubbys haircut tomorrow?You are an asset to this forum SL and I hope we can discuss the "old nursing touch"as per todays way of nursing.I was too a registered nurse for over 30 years and it is something I still miss each and every day.Take Care and God Bless.Looking forward to your input .............
    I cannot keep your feet from stumbling..........I can only offer my hand that you might grasp it and not fall...........Lyn


Howlyncat
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   Posted 3/1/2005 8:35 PM (GMT -7)   
Always Rosie.I live about an hour east of Windsor in a real small town,but we love it here and Cait has only ever gone to school here and our Church family is all close by.Barrie is about 4 hrs east then north of here .It is beautiful up around there.We went there as kids for camping.Do you ever get the chance to come this way to visit your family members?............................To get back to something you said about your dad?,He enjoys working with his hands right well would he be up to putting models together.they have ones with larger pieces and you could help him but I bet he would get the idea in no time .Down here you can get the fairly cheap(pricewise) ones.all different kinds of models but he is into the cars right and they do have racecars and stockcars and then of course the regular model cars.If he would be interested in that you are able to find the ones that are fairly easy to start off with and then try taking him a step higher...............only if thats something that he and you could enjoy together.My mom is a nic nac fanatic and I must confess so am I lol and the time it takes to dust everyone of those lil gems of hers is unreal but that is another thing we do together.If I am feeling up to it she will have me vacuum 3 /4 times a day.............God I love her to death and she makes me smile even if its just once a day ........when I see MOM in her eyes. Gonna go see if I can get some sleep.....will yak in the morning.God Bless
    I cannot keep your feet from stumbling..........I can only offer my hand that you might grasp it and not fall...........Lyn


Howlyncat
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   Posted 3/2/2005 4:49 AM (GMT -7)   
AR .SL and All others ...........Lets throw some ideas around for something like "topic of the day" know what I mean ......we need to get some ideas out there and get more peeps involved.Heres to a good day for us all.............GOD BLESS
    I cannot keep your feet from stumbling..........I can only offer my hand that you might grasp it and not fall...........Lyn


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   Posted 3/2/2005 7:06 AM (GMT -7)   
I was a CNA for 30 yrs.BUT I'm from the old school,Adies can't do anything now,just turn,dry,wipe,thaasit!Oh yeah,they clean bedpans,wheelchairs,bathrooms,bedside commodes.lol.
I did much more when I started out in the 60's,even in the military hosp.in Spain,I did more.Now,an aide isn't much more than a housekeeper.They are not trained to look for specifics like I was.I would refuse to do much with a patient until I knew what the health problem was,for fear of hurting the person.They could have fired me for that,but they didn't.I was miss persnickity.Now,you have to beg aides to empty a bedside commode,as most could care less.That's the way it is here in North Texas.
Keeping the aide ignorant is what the NH do,cuts the losses I guess.
SnowyLynne


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   Posted 3/2/2005 7:31 AM (GMT -7)   
SnowyLynne.isnt that the truth even here in Canada,You are talking back in the "good ole days" when nurses were respected..knew their patients what the helth problem was and had EMPATHY.I dont think they cover too much of that nowadays but you will find the odd nurse out there that still believe in the old school.I am one and I know that you are as well...........My mom use to nur
 
NOw they call Doc's by their first names .ME I cannot for the life of me do that lolse in the late 40s early 50s and she told me that when a doctor walked into the room the nurses were expected to stand up.......can you believe it?Hope your hubby is okay and enjoys his haircut .Take Care and God Bless

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Post Edited (Howlyncat) : 9/24/2008 5:46:53 AM (GMT-6)


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   Posted 3/2/2005 8:00 AM (GMT -7)   
I had many Drs.tell me I ask alot of questions just being an Aide,would laugh,& answer any questions I had.I did have thier respect,& they knew I was up on the lates things,as they would quiz me.I was as a LVN or RN to them,even though I wasn't one.It's not anywhere near like that now,& that's sad.No wonder the aides won't do anymore than they have to now.BUT that still doesn't excuse them.
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   Posted 3/2/2005 11:23 AM (GMT -7)   
Snowy: I trust that hubby is ok, since you didn't mention him. I bet you were *ell on wheels back in the day!! Heck, you are now!! LOL

Lyn: The model car idea is great!!! He likes air-planes too. I will see what I can find before our next visit. Thanks so much! (Two heads ARE better than one!)

Regarding topic of the day . . . great idea. I was thinking of that too, where you could make a post with a topic and people do add to it. You could go back through the old posts and "bump up" a good one now and then. . . or quote from it and start a new one . . or just get ideas from them. Go for it

Blessings!
In His grip,
AlwaysRosie
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Howlyncat
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   Posted 3/2/2005 12:39 PM (GMT -7)   
Snowy...............that is too funny ,I cant count the number of times i was asked if I had plans of becoming a doctor.I was always reading up on the newest techniques and constantly asking questions on rounds .I did get wrote up for interuppting a doctor once during rounds,but it was my own fault as he was directly asking his intern a question and the answer was in my head and then it just came out of my mouth lol................when I had my rest home I did all the work that I expected from my staff,and without hesitation.Just because I had a title I still was there for the residents/patients and I really believe that we had a home like atmosphere with all of working together for the common goal of our residents.Respect and Dignity was of the utmost importance to me then and still is ..these people have lived 70 80 90 plus years and they have earned that..I dont think that is asking to much.When I see a person charged with hurting an elderly patient or any patient that has entrusted you with their life it makes me so angry my blood boils and I will NEVER understand how this happens or why.Yes nurses are human and we get frustrated but to the point of doing something to harm another being? We are/were there to help and make that person feel better and we are in a trusted position:those patients hand their lives over to us ultimately(yes to the Doc as well but they only do so much)they have to come to terms with us being their way in bed/out so on and so on I know you understand where I am coming from here as you are from the old school.I get hyped up talking about this abuse of patients .can you tell ?lol It sure feels good to talk about this.I miss working horribly but i do alot of volunteering in the community as well with the seniors so I still get that interaction. There still are some darn good nurses out there and I would be willing to bet that they were trained by nurses such as you with the old school rules and caring/giving hearts......God Bless Hope Larry is doing well
    I cannot keep your feet from stumbling..........I can only offer my hand that you might grasp it and not fall...........Lyn

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