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carol-wendy-berman's picture
Mar.25.2013
You finally convince your spouse to go to the doctor with you. He's only in his late 60s, but lately he's been forgetting where his car keys are, losing words and getting lost when he goes out alone. You've been worried for a while, so you're relieved your spouse is willing to see a...
christopher-cudworth's picture
Oct.22.2012
My father's caregiver Leo is a former Belarussian soldier who went to Afghanistan with the Soviet Army. Leo has a pleasant nature and a tough exterior. He has seen things that most of us will never see.  My father Stewart is a Navy veteran who shipped over to Japan after the fighting was over...
gayle-hedrington's picture
May.04.2011
Thoughts on Mother's DayMy mom died years ago so Mother's Day is  bitter sweet for me.  Although I make every effort to get along with my mother in law, our relationship is much like a slow waiter and a poor tipper.  I often feel like an orphan on Mother's Day.  Being a mom myself, I feel the...
george-h-schofield's picture
Apr.15.2011
A friend triumphantly announced that he moved his 88 year old parent from an independent living apartment to a “care facility”. “I knew he wouldn’t like it, so I just marched in and told him that I had found the place, had rented a studio unit for him, that we’d be getting rid of about half of the...
dk-christi's picture
Feb.27.2010
I wonder why there are so many broken people when the world if full of good intentions. Many parents are dedicated to the best preparation for their childrens' success in life. Educators provide the tools for knowledge growth and future careers. Books abound for positive thinking and meaningful...
delia-cabe's picture
Nov.29.2008
At 3 a.m., the hospital is in stasis. On the floors with patient rooms, all lights are turned down to a softer hue and patients, for the most part, are tucked in their beds. At one end, the nurses station remains a pocket of bright light, where the night shift of doctors and nurses intersperse...
delia-cabe's picture
Nov.19.2008
Gary checks into the hospital that night. His room is on the neurology floor, a dimly lit hall with patient rooms on either side It is odd to spend New Year's Eve in a hospital. People are out there getting drunk, making passes, dancing to loud music till blisters form on their feet, eating too...
delia-cabe's picture
Nov.12.2008
As soon as we arrive to see Dr. Kim, the young internist arranges for a psychiatric evaluation right then and there. The psychiatrist, who makes people of slight builds look like professional bodybuilders, leads us into a small, windowless room that feels more like a large closet. This doctor, his...
delia-cabe's picture
Nov.09.2008
Much to my relief, the doctor is a bright, gentle resident—the kind that I hope will win Gary over to the medical profession. For now, at least, until he gets past these feelings of hopelessness that I do not want escalating into suicidal tendencies. The doctor is Asian, but his first name is Hans...
delia-cabe's picture
Oct.14.2008
"We're ready to see you, Mr. Stoecker." We follow the doctor, who is thirty-ish, has dark brown hair and blue eyes and wears the Dockers pants, white shirt, tie, and Rockport shoes that is the uniform of med students and residents, into an exam room. The doctor takes the desk chair, Gary...