Author Archives: Resilient Heart

About Resilient Heart

TBI x3, that's me! If you had a Traumatic Brain Injury (or Injuries!) and knew you might not remember dates, events, people, etc., would you live each day differently? Would you give more, forgive more, heal more? I am. The statistics for me developing Dementia or Alzheimer's is a high possibility - one, because of the TBIs, and two - because I'm genetically predisposed. Come with me as this present moment is all we know we have... Wishing you all the best - today & always. Blessings, Love & Peace, RH

Days 9 and 10 with Dad (Thurs. April 25 and Friday, April 26, 2013)


Days 9 and 10 with Dad (Thursday, April 25 and Friday, April 26, 2013) With uncle taking the day shift of being with Dad, Richard and I went back to Dad’s assisted living apartment; it’s the only place I knew … Continue reading

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Day 8 with Dad (Wednesday, April 24, 2013)


Day 8 with Dad (Wednesday, April 24, 2013) We are growing wearier from our vigil in that small room.  Uncle told me I missed out on the harpist who came in and played for Dad earlier today, he said it … Continue reading

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Day 7 with Dad (Tuesday, April 23, 2013)


Day 7 with Dad (Tuesday, April 23, 2013) Early this morning Reluctant Heart unexpectedly stopped by on his way to pick up uncle at the airport; we hadn’t really gone back to speaking terms so I’d not told him about … Continue reading

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Day 6 with Dad at Hospice


Day 6 with Dad (Monday, April 22, 2013) Continuing to witness Dad’s health’s decline, the watching and waiting, the hyper vigilance is exhausting, but time is a gift, even now.  My brain is beginning its own slow decline.  I’m meshing … Continue reading

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Day 5 with Dad (Sunday, April 21, 2013)


Day 5 with Dad (Sunday, April 21, 2013) Dad is declining, slowly.  Sometimes his hands and feet are warm, and sometimes they’re cold as ice.  I know this is a natural process and I appreciate the comfort, confidence and calmness … Continue reading

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Day 3 (continued) and Day 4 with Dad


[Please note the actual events happened on the days and dates in parenthesis.  I really had great intentions of communicating this to you, dear readers, but like many thoughts lately, it’s there and then, poof, it’s gone!  I’m sorry for … Continue reading

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Day 3 with Dad


Day 3 with Dad (Friday, April 19, 2013) I wish I had happier news that Dad had turned the corner and things looked up, but that was not to be. Reluctant Heart had promised to meet with Richard, Dad, and … Continue reading

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Days 1 and 2 with Dad


Day 1 with Dad (Wednesday, April 17, 2013) I was relieved and glad to get to see Dad myself, there was no peace of mind like it. Dad has been through a lot, his eyes were not shiny blue as … Continue reading

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Ready to Write


A lot has happened since I last wrote. Dad had been in and out of the hospital well over one month after he celebrated his 90th birthday.  My brother (Reluctant Heart) called with updates; I took frantic notes just as … Continue reading

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In the Waiting


Dad is still in the hospital and we are waiting, just waiting.  Over the weekend I re-read Dad’s Living Will/Advanced Health Care Directives.  I cried.  Last time I read it, I got choked up and put it away.  There is … Continue reading

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