Saturday, July 31, 2010

15) Great unique handmade finds

#65) LusciousLather: Lustrous Body creams prepared with highest quality ingredients.

#64) Bythebead: Lampwork glass, polymer clay, natural stone and other unusual beads crafted into unique, colorful earrings, pendants and bracelets.

#63) ajsdesigns: rubber stamp cards, and mandala, a rotating image to form a circle. Beautifully crafted.

#62) Ebrown2503: fiber beads, neat way to use fiber.

#61) ShirleyKnits: knitted purses, innovative and creative patterns.

Friday, July 30, 2010

Caregiver's Journal 7/30/10

Hello everyone. Sorry I haven't written or posted in a while, but life has been upside down. Caring for my has been very difficult. I've been search for months for a nursing home. Most places had no open bed, rehab only or just terrible. I found a great nursing home with residents with her same nationality and ethnic foods and activities she'd enjoy. I place an application, but was told there were no beds available and they had a waiting list a mile long. I believed in my heart this was the right place for her. (I began praying continuously, believing the nursing home had an open bed for her.)

Her swallowing problems worsen. I took her to her physician,who ordered a swallowing test. I went back to the nursing home with the doctor's evaluation. They went into over drive placing high on the waiting list due to urgency, but stated there still wasn't any beds available. Not expecting anything soon, I continued caring for her the best I could. Last week the nursing home called me back saying they had an open bed, bring her right in. I was shocked with disbelief on how soon she got in. God does answer prayer.

It feels really strange. I don't know how to deal time. I'm constantly checking the clock, going to her room, checking to see if she needs anything or help to the bathroom. I've been doing this so long I've lost myself and have been running on auto pilot. My husband says it will be awhile before I adjust to having a normal, not being a full time caregiver and under constant pressure of tending to her needs. Even when I'm sitting in front of the TV relaxing, reading a book or working on my glitter art feels strange as if I've abandon her or I'm being really bad person. I know it'll take a while to get used not having to care for her.

I still have to tend to her other matters as banking, medical issues, nursing home papers, etc... at least I don't have to tend to her physically. She's well cared for in the nursing home, which give me piece of mind.
Thank you to everyone who commented or sent emails expressing their concerns and support. I'm deeply blessed with a great community of wonderful caring people.

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Caregiver's Journal 7/20/10

LIfe has been getting more difficult caring for my mother. I'm exhausted all the time by driving her to lab test, doctor's visits, plus looking into placing her in a nursing home. It's amazing how different homes can very, from very nice with "NO" open beds to terrible and depressing. I visited over 15 homes to find a place for mom. Most the beds were not available, only rehab, to disgusting. My mom is having difficulty swallowing and is loosing weight. This is one of the late stages of Alzheimer's disease. This is very dangerous because the elderly can choke on food causing death.

Sometimes I look at my sales and visitors, looks like my business took a nose dive. That's ok, it was meant to be on hiatus, since I needed the time to care for my sick mom.
I know I can hit he floor running, bring my business back to what it was or better. I have tone of new ideas waiting to be drawn and painted with glitter. What do you think of exotic birds, dogs, baby announcements and sympathy designs, and teacher's gifts? Please refer my site to other who may want to see glitter used in a totally different way. Thank you for all the support, friendship, and care my many online friends have given me. I'm very blessed.