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    Pains, trains and automobiles

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    I took my dad to Sears today to get some new pants. His old pants were a 38" waist and without a belt to hold them up they would have dropped to the floor. He has a 34" waist these ...

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    Drive time

    By juliezavala in My Turn

    I'm seeing a pattern with my Dad. He's fairly content most of the day but around 6 p.m. he starts getting antsy about leaving. He wants to pack his things and get on the road. He even starts asking about ...

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    In search of daycare

    By juliezavala in My Turn

    In an effort to find someplace for my Dad to stay while I work each day I took him to visit a couple of adult daycare facilities. Along the way to the first one Daddy was reading out loud some ...

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    Caring for my Dad

    By juliezavala in My Turn

    My Dad has come to live with me and my husband, Robert. Daddy has Alzheimer's that is fairly advanced. Despite his loss of memory he is a sweet and funny man who likes to tease and joke. When he gets ...

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    A revelation

    By juliezavala in My Turn

    It occurred to me today that I am an adult. For years I thought I was, but today it really hit home that I am functioning as an adult. Seeing Mom and Dad as frail as they are makes me ...

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    Day 2

    By juliezavala in My Turn

    Dad's a sweet man. When we were growing up he worked hard to support us six kids and my Mom. It's sad to see him so frail and confused when he used to be so sure of himself and could ...

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    Back home

    By juliezavala in My Turn

    My parent's house was originally a large, one room, workshop. My Dad bought it from someone and then had it hauled to their property in Jasper. He and my brothers added rooms, plumbing and wiring and turned it into a ...

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