flu

My angsty granddog

Oh me, oh my, oh Nehemiah! (I love that line from some kid's church play I once heard of. 🙂 It's been an up and down day, that's for sure. One grandchild has the flu, one granddog was angsty and UBER wiggly, my car is making odd sounds, and I got to the post office too late to mail two packages.  

On the bright side, I did get the most important package mailed via the automatic machine. I DO love that thing! Granddog two stopped being angsy long enough to give me a cute photo for this post.  AND I got the most delightful gift in the mail this week from Denise Brown at Caregiving – a Butterball turkey coupon. What a sweet treat! I think it was there since Thanksgiving and I just hadn't had time to get over to pick it up. See how much fun blog parties are – especially when hosted by such sweet people as Denise Brown at Caregiving. THANK YOU AGAIN, DENISE. 🙂

This granddog posed cheerfully for grandma

Speaking of blog party fun, CONGRATULATIONS to Jane for winning the SandwichINK for the Sandwich Generation Amazon gift certificate during the Caregiving Holiday Progressive Blog Party! If you haven't yet replied to my email, do so quickly and I'll pop it out to you. (And if caregiving issues are slowing you down, don't worry! I TOTALLY understand. 🙂 )

That's the great thing about blog party fun for all of us in the Sandwich Generation. We can attend at our leisure, skip it easily if caregiving issues intervene, and even wear our PJs if we like. Not to mention enjoy listening to Christmas carols the whole while. Happy Week Before Christmas. Stay Healthy. And enjoy the weather. (We're FINALLY supposed to get snow this week. So far, we've only had flurries – enough to show on my arm, but that's it! So WOO HOO to snow!)  🙂 

This is as much snow as we have gotten but this weekend the Sandwich Generation granny nanny and grandkids might be doing the happy dance

The Sandwich Generation granny nanny loves Rednesday

Senior Home Care Giver

Know someone in an eldercare facility? Call them! A call means SO MUCH and lets them know you care. Great reminder from @AgeWiseLiving and @PrivacyProf

Loma Linda University Receives Grant for Alzheimer’s Disease Research.  Good news from @AgeWiseLiving

Genetic Testing of Embryos May Cause Dementia, Obesity In Adulthood. @prolifeinfo

“I am forgetting to eat” by David Thomas, M.D.- A Psychiatrist with Lewy Body Dementia (LBD).  Great insights from David Thomas!

Drivers With Parkinson’s Disease At Higher Risk Of Crashes In Low Visibility Situations.

60 Minutes A Blow To The Brain — This is Your Brain on Football (Video and Text). “This 60 minutes report — A Blow To The Brain — indicates that head trauma can lead to dementia.”   I read this yesterday, then bumped my head twice today. Kept thinking of this! 🙂

@100plusclub discovered this fascinating article about a 101 year old lawyer who is still practicing law and is not retiring anytime soon! I especially loved this quote by Mr. Borden, “As long as you are capable, you ought to use what God gave you.”

Tips To Help Seniors And Their Caregivers Prepare For Surgery. Per @Carebuzz, @DementiaGuide, and @mike_gamble

@Journeywoman found an excellent resource for travelers with disabilities – very useful for senior home care givers.

There’s a lot of info about the Swine Flu but it’s important to keep the regular flu in mind as well. Caregiving.com has some good tips for all of us in Flu Alert: 10 Warning Signs That It’s Time to Call the Doctor.

Grandparents:

Free angel craft book. Fun projects to do with your grandkids. Thanks to @pennyraine for this tip.

For grandkids, including those involved in homeschooling programs, Heart of Wisdom has some free Homeschool Bible Study ideas, reading plans, and worksheets.

9 Ways to Save Money for Grandparents and Grandkids.

How to Make Handmade Baby Quilt –a great Shower Gift for a new grandchild. Thanks to @babyquiltlady for this tip.

If you are going to be traveling to visit grandkids over the next few months, check out the Best Western 4X the Rewards promo! Earn double, triple or quadruple points when you stay 2, 3 or 4 nights at Best Western IF you register in advance!

Another yummy sounding Artisan bread in 5 minutes a day! Bet your grandkids will love helping to make it AND eat it. 🙂

There are many great verses in Deuteronomy including, “Man does not live on bread alone but on every word that comes from the mouth of the LORD.” (NIV)

Sandwich Generation:

The Telegraph has a sweet story about Britain’s oldest newlyweds who have a combined age of 181!   Per @nerdnews

WOW! This Indiana couple is celebrating their 80th anniversary!! How wonderful! 🙂

Finally, remember the article about aging parents who are fascinated with Dubai?  They might be interested in this article as well. Dubai Is Nearly Out Of Cash. Per @StephenLaughlin

“It’s not fair!” The pitiful lament from the sick little one as they sit by the toilet in the middle of a round of throwing up always tugs at my heart. I can’t disagree with them either. As I have always pointed out to my kids, and now to my grandkids, life is not fair! I also often remind them, that’s why we look forward to heaven! Because someday, when we are safe in heaven, “God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.” Revelation 21:4 (KJV). Now that’s something to look forward to!

In the meantime though, there are still those sick children and their exhausted and swamped parents. What can we grandparents do to help? A lot will depend on your health and circumstances, of course. I am blessed to be able to dive right in, help with holding, cuddling, and changing, and even rubbing backs while they are at the toilet. I don’t even catch everything any more. Granted, I catch more than I’d like, but it has gotten better. I always figure that so many other people have it as well, such as grocery store checkers, that I’d rather be part of helping. Others may not be able to be so up close and personal due to their own health issues. And still others live too far away to help much (that’s me too for half of my little grand-darlings.) Here are some suggestions for everyone:

Close by:

  1. Make grocery store runs for the parents. This will save them time and energy and enable them to have more cuddle time with the sick child.
  2. Tuck in a new game, book, or movie to tempt a sick one’s interests. Here’s a frugal tip for grandparents – Keep your eyes open throughout the year for great sales. After most major holidays, many games and toys are on sale for as much as 90% off! Keep a stockpile of these to pull from for these kinds of moments.
  3. Offer to take some of the non-sick children out to your house or to a restaurant playland, to give mom/dad and the sick one a chance to rest peacefully for a few hours.
  4. Offer to help with laundry. This can easily pile up during colds and flus. Just be careful to wash your hands a LOT to protect yourself from those nasty germs.

Far Away:

  1. Call and see how everyone is doing. Offer to read a book on the phone to the sick child and/or a health child. This gives the parents a bit of a needed break.
  2. If they live in a city where grocery delivery is available, see if they need to have groceries delivered and provide that for them.
  3. Contact a restaurant that delivers and lets you pay over the phone with a credit card and send them a dinner or two. Be sure to ask first to make sure they feel well enough for the food you would be ordering.
  4. Send get well cards with fun stickers or maybe even a CARE package with cute little stuffed animals, coloring books, and/or a game. (See #2 above.) If you prepare a box ahead of time and just pop it in the mail the minute you know they are sick, it will probably get there while they are still in the midst of it all.

It’s hard to know your loved ones are ill and makes you feel much better when you can take steps to help them. Just knowing you care and are trying to help will usually cheer up everyone in both households.

“It’s not fair!” The pitiful lament from the sick little one as they sit by the toilet in the middle of a round of throwing up always tugs at my heart. I can’t disagree with them either. As I have always pointed out to my kids, and now to my grandkids, life is not fair! I also often remind them, that’s why we look forward to heaven! Because someday, when we are safe in heaven, “God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.” Revelation 21:4 (KJV). Now that’s something to look forward to!

In the meantime though, there are still those sick children and their exhausted and swamped parents. What can we grandparents do to help? A lot will depend on your health and circumstances, of course. I am blessed to be able to dive right in, help with holding, cuddling, and changing, and even rubbing backs while they are at the toilet. I don’t even catch everything any more. Granted, I catch more than I’d like, but it has gotten better. I always figure that so many other people have it as well, such as grocery store checkers, that I’d rather be part of helping. Others may not be able to be so up close and personal due to their own health issues. And still others live too far away to help much (that’s me too for half of my little grand-darlings.) Here are some suggestions for everyone:

Close by:

  1. Make grocery store runs for the parents. This will save them time and energy and enable them to have more cuddle time with the sick child.
  2. Tuck in a new game, book, or movie to tempt a sick one’s interests. Here’s a frugal tip for grandparents – Keep your eyes open throughout the year for great sales. After most major holidays, many games and toys are on sale for as much as 90% off! Keep a stockpile of these to pull from for these kinds of moments.
  3. Offer to take some of the non-sick children out to your house or to a restaurant playland, to give mom/dad and the sick one a chance to rest peacefully for a few hours.
  4. Offer to help with laundry. This can easily pile up during colds and flus. Just be careful to wash your hands a LOT to protect yourself from those nasty germs.

Far Away:

  1. Call and see how everyone is doing. Offer to read a book on the phone to the sick child and/or a health child. This gives the parents a bit of a needed break.
  2. If they live in a city where grocery delivery is available, see if they need to have groceries delivered and provide that for them.
  3. Contact a restaurant that delivers and lets you pay over the phone with a credit card and send them a dinner or two. Be sure to ask first to make sure they feel well enough for the food you would be ordering.
  4. Send get well cards with fun stickers or maybe even a CARE package with cute little stuffed animals, coloring books, and/or a game. (See #2 above.) If you prepare a box ahead of time and just pop it in the mail the minute you know they are sick, it will probably get there while they are still in the midst of it all.

It’s hard to know your loved ones are ill and makes you feel much better when you can take steps to help them. Just knowing you care and are trying to help will usually cheer up everyone in both households.