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We took mom out Saturday night for dinner for her birthday (84th). It was really a lovely evening, and she really had a good time. At the end of the evening, I was helping her get her coat on and whispered to her "do you want to go to the bathroom before we leave?" mom said "no thanks, I'll just take it home with me"
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Dear Mimi:

That is funny... I have spent the evening looking at birth control jokes because we have to do a presentation on the "PILL" for a symposium and I needed an attention-getter for my part. But (sadly) none of the jokes on the internet caused me to chuckle as what you have posted here on "The Lighter Side..." Thank you for sharing that!

But I think it is lovely that you were able to celebrate your mother's 84th birday and that she still is getting out and about. We have been blessed to have our parents around in their 80's really! Challenging as it is at times... By the way - got any good birth control jokes?

Love and Hugs from Glenda

Love and Hugs from Glenda
Hi Glenda,
No - don't know of any b.c. jokes, but you'd think that I would, seeing that I work for a gynecologic surgeon and spend a lot of my time waiting for him in the surgeon's lounge. Tell you what...next time I'm in the lounge, I'll ask one of the docs if they've heard any good p.c. jokes lately

As far as mom getting out, yes we do get her out, but only in a wheelchair. Not that she can't walk, but she's very weak and her back seems to always hurt her - she has arthritis and stenosis.

You know, Glenda, you mentioned we're lucky to have them into their 80's and you are right. Funny how we take that for granted. My mom was living in assisted living before she came to live with me and I was there towards the end, on a daily if not several times a day basis. There were 350 apartments and all were filled, plus they had a waiting list. The average age there is 84...there were people well into their 90's and they were all people that could live independently. Yes, some had live-in help, some used walkers, some in wheelchairs, but all had their own apartments. Amazing, insn't it?

Come to think of it Glenda, all you need to do is walk into the surgeon's lounge of any hospital's surgery area and plop yourself down for a while...you'll hear some very funny jokes (now if you could only get yourself into the lounge)...be well, Mimi
Dear Mimi:

You are such a doll! Keep your ear out for jokes of any kind (lol). Humor is so important during this time of our lives it seems...

I started school (part-time) when I came to care for dad because he needed his space and didn't deserve to be stuck in a care-giving situation. It was originally because he wasn't safe in his own home anymore!!! However, health problems arose - TIA's, cancer, hospice, degenerated knee causing falls, etc... and so it was a blessing in disguise that I came to care for him!

But school on top of it is so challenging!!! So many distractions during the day. I know I will be up until midnight or one again doing homework while he is sleeping (I hope). I can imagine how hard it must have been for you during the last year while you were caring for your mom and working at the same time... amazing!

But, I love it all and will be done in a year or so, but (jeez) the work world has changed a lot! For me, it was important to keep up my own interests and further myself during these care-giving years. And, nowadays, with online education (at reputable institutions) it is easier to move forward in our lives while care-giving. Not only does it keep me somewhat sane, I think it is part of caring for myself... and so the subject tonight is "helicopters" (lol)!

Love and Hugs from Glenda



[This message has been edited by glenderella (edited 01-13-2006).]

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