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posted 1/25/2011 9:07:45 AM |
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This is a thank you for all who have sent their thoughts, prayers, best wishes, and hopes for a good outcome to this situation. It is darned close to overwhelming I am finding out. The amount of information has me almost on overload, and the reality is not fun to look at.

I guess when first faced with a situation like this we can all feel like we are the only ones that know what it is to feel the way we do. Scared is one of the things I'm feeling right now, not only for my brother, but for me as well. My health in the future, my financial situation once he is gone, what to do about all his “stuff”, getting the bills taken care of, and more that I can't even find words for at the moment. But, I’m finding that there is help, there are those that understand, and many that have gone thru pretty much the same things. And advice is abundant, tho what I ultimately do is in my hands.

I am grateful, and thankful, for the moral support you have all shown us. I know what lies ahead is not going to be a party, but I will have many hands there to help me along. Some folks may just read the blogs and not comment but still provide support, just by reading it, and thinking how bad it is and hope things work out. Well, life always works out one way or another, even if it isn't what we hoped it would be. So I’m trying to get my mind wrapped around all the information I’m getting, and what has to be done. And somewhere I find a bit of strength from each one to get thru it.

Again, my heart felt thanks to everyone.


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Jan 25 @ 9:20AM  
Best of luck in all of this. It might be a good idea to get as much done that needs to get done, including legal and financial matters, ahead of time.

Jan 25 @ 9:46AM  
As the caretaker for my mom for the last 11 years the one thing I have to tell you that I have learned the hard way is do not get so wrapped up in the care of that person that you ignore your own well being. That is easy to do when that person is completely dependent on you to get everything done. Don't put off any legal stuff that has to be done because it can be overwhelming if you do it all at one time.

Will keep you in my thoughts and I think your brother is very lucky to have you.

Jan 25 @ 9:52AM  
I wish you and your brother the best in what lies ahead. He is indeed very lucky to have you to care for him and look out for his needs. Like RJ advised, don't put things off. Just take it one day at a time. And when you need a break and want to vent, Pervia is here for you.

Jan 25 @ 10:23AM  
As you know Mike, a few years back I was dealing with illness in my family...times two.

With Mom, we cleared the legal board as soon as we could and with hindsight, so thankful we did as we had enough on our plates with her personal care.

I can't express enough how wonderful hospice is...and I'm talking about 'in home' care. There was four of us girls to watch over and care for Mom but there's just you and YOU need periodic relief. It's amazing what they will do while they're their....anything you ask them to do because they aren't there just for your brother but for you too. They do dishes, run the sweeper....even clean out drawers if you want or do your laundry. Arrangements can be made for someone to sit with your brother so you can go get groceries or run errands...or just go out to your workshop for a couple of hours to be alone and do what you enjoy.

Or they just sit and listen and talk if that's what you want and need. They are trained in grief counciling and the information they can give you will help ease you through this hard time with supporting and caring people.

As Sugar said, you can come here anytime and vent or just say whatever is on your mind. I found that my friends here was my biggest supporters. No one judged and when I thought surely everyone was getting sick of my troubles, not one soul said so or gave me any indication of that. Awesome people here who count one another as friends...and we are.

Hugs and your brother are in many people's prayers and we'll be here whenever you need us.

Jan 25 @ 10:34AM  
Hang in there buddy..It's a hard row to hoe, but you CAN make it

Jan 25 @ 10:55AM  
Respectfully, how is this news, stress and commiserating with the captain affecting your efforts to abstain from smoking?

Jan 25 @ 11:51AM  
Wow, last night didn't get as bad as i had figured it would. a couple of drinks, and that was it. and i'm doing ok with the quiting regular smokes, the e-cigs really do help. i may not be nicotine free, but i'm at least 80 percent tobacco free. the problem there is i have 6 packs of unopened cigs here right now. but i'm doing ok. i know better than to let booze hide my problems, and if i don't face them, they are just going to get bigger, so a drink or two and carry on, don't get drunk.


Jan 25 @ 7:08PM  
I'll continue positive thoughts and prayers for you and your brother.

As difficult as it is, I know from personal experience it's best to be prepared. Not everyone considers the stress and potential health hazards of the care giver, so don't forget to take care of yourself and ask for help where ever you can find it. Hospice, as mentioned by others, offers support for care givers and family. Please take advantage of it a it's priceless.


Jan 25 @ 7:09PM  
Wishing you the very best sawduster

Jan 25 @ 11:01PM  
I've been somewhat scare this week...and I was so sorry to hear about your brother. Hang in there SD and remember that we're here for you.

Jan 25 @ 11:09PM  
That's the one thing about AMD, no matter how much some of us may fight or disagree with each other on political or religious matters, when one of us is in need, they're always gonna find someone to help hold 'em up or to loan 'em a shoulder to lean on. Hang in there........we're here for ya.

Jan 25 @ 11:50PM  
Hugs again...this is a place where you can come and we will all be your friend!

Feb 3 @ 12:27AM  
Smile find beauty in the small things and find solice there too.. It is a small thing that your almost tobacco free so Appaluse in that. You can if you choose give away or throw away those 6 packs which may not be 6 anymore or you may want to build one of your cool boxes to enshrine them in so they stay in their place. I had a friend do this when he quit he made an artwork out of his last pack that he never smoked.. Kinda cool. Anyways you know what I said in the blog before this one on getting all the stuff done. So no need to go there.. Both of you, just stay warm in this OMJeezuz cold winter stuff.. Brrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr...

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