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    Regrets and gratitude

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    I was trying to remember last Thanksgiving. I remember that I wasn't home in Victoria with my husband. I must have been in Jasper, Texas with my Mom and Dad but I swear I can't remember. My husband Robert, my ...

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    Snap!

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    This was a good day. And that's saying a lot after having only slept three hours or less the night before. It wasn't my Dad's fault - he slept the whole night through. It was my own starstruck self (correction: ...

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    The rabbit in the room

    By juliezavala in My Turn

    Elwood P. Dowd (from the movie, "Harvey"): "Well, I've wrestled with reality for 35 years, Doctor, and I'm happy to state I finally won out over it." Dad's had his shower and he's asleep now. He seemed extra confused this ...

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    "Can you hear that?"

    By juliezavala in My Turn

    It's Saturday morning. Dad had a bowl of raisin bran and a cup of coffee and he's read the paper. I lit a fire in the fireplace and I moved his chair near the patio door so he can look ...

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    What was once an unwanted burden

    By juliezavala in My Turn

    I read these words on the Alzheimer's Reading Room website; "What was once an unwanted burden becomes a labor of love." The article talked about how we all have the capacity to dig deep and find unknown depths of strength ...

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    Routine

    By juliezavala in My Turn

    It seems like we're finally settling in to a routine with my Dad. The companions from Senior Helpers have been great and it's so nice to not worry about how Dad is doing while I'm at work. This evening when ...

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    All aboard!

    By juliezavala in My Turn

    We are on our way to Austin to catch a train that will wind it's way through the hill country. We left the house at 10:40 am and we are headed to Cuero on 87 and then on to 183 ...

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    A rough spot in the road

    By juliezavala in My Turn

    For the past couple of nights Dad has been very agitated. He's positive he has to be at work and he's going to be fired if he doesn't get there fast. When I try to explain that he's retired, he ...