Food as Medicine

I've been listening to Dr. Mark Hyman's podcasts for awhile, and have read a few of his books. One of the phrases I hear over and over is "food as medicine". A couple of weeks ago Kay had her first appointment with the functional medicine practitioner who recommended she look into the Wahls Protocol Dr. Terry Wahls, MD. Dr. Wahls developed this diet regimen in response to her own declining...

Caring for the Caregiver

"If your kidneys fail, you won't be much help to your wife." Those were the words of the urgent care doctor during a visit in July 2019. I was arguing that I could not go to the hospital because I had to take care of Kay when she said those words to me. I went to the hospital. There are times when you as a caregiver will need care, and it is best to be prepared for it. I was not and Kay ended up...

Life Happens

"In life our first job is this, to divide and distinguish things into two categories: externals I cannot control, but the choices I make with regard to them I do control. Where will I find good and bad? In me, in my choices." —EPICTETUS as quoted in "The Obstacle is the Way" by Ryan Holiday. "So there are two reasons to embrace what happens. One is that it’s happening to you. It was...

A Time to Recharge

As caregivers, we need to take time for ourselves. This is not always easy to do, so take advantage when you can. As I mentioned in my last post, we took a family vacation to Central Oregon to relax and enjoy the beauty. For me, this was exhilarating. North & South Sister and Broken Top from Black Butte Ranch We spent our first week at Black Butte Ranch near Sisters, Oregon. This is a...

Caregiving and vacation

Caregivers and care receivers need vacations. They are vital for rejuvenating the mind and spirit and allowing for some much needed rest and relaxation. That said, preparation is key. Make sure you have enough supplies to properly care for your loved one, plan activities that can be enjoyed by both, and ensure that the accomodations will suit your needs. Not everything will be perfect but proper...

The Oregon Trail

In June 2014 our house in Georgia sold and the move to Oregon became a reality. Thankfully my company took care of all the moving and we were able to fly to Oregon instead of making the cross-country drive We had not yet found a house in Oregon and ended up staying at the Residence Inn for a month and a half. As you can imagine, with Kay in her condition we had some challenges to overcome. I was...

How I became a caregiver

It's not easy when you are required to become your wife's caregiver, not only for the responsibility, but for the pain of seeing her in the position of not being able to care for herself. At first, I didn't know what to do, but as time goes by you learn and adapt. Homecoming - March 2014 Homecoming for Kay was March 8, 2014. She was admitted to the hospital on December 20, 2013 with a ruptured...