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by, DailySunshine On 12/17/2019

I call this 'Tears on the Capitol'. It is out of my frustration with VA, just the process in general with how the rating system…

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by, DailySunshine On 12/17/2019

Here are more resources from themilitaryguide.org for you to check out. Thanks Brad!   .  Military Guide to Moving and Storage .  Financial Assistance for…

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by, DailySunshine On 11/28/2019

My father has been fighting with the VA for over twenty years.  He has had many health challenges.  He has gotten sickened and recovered but…

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by, DailySunshine On 11/28/2019

One of the Physical Therapy Therapist suddenly passed away over a week ago. It is still a shock.  Still expect her to turn the corner…

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by, DailySunshine On 10/27/2019

Last Sunday, we lost one of our team members. We send condolences out to Terry’s wife, friends, family and those who knew him. In the…

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by, DailySunshine On 10/27/2019

Jessica emailed this information from Mesothelioma.net. Mesothelioma.net has a plethora of free resources and information for those suffering from mesothelioma cancer and other asbestos diseases.…

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by, DailySunshine On 10/27/2019

Received an email from The Recovery Village wanting to assist those veterans who are struggling with substance abuse. Take a look at their resources available:…

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by, DailySunshine On 10/12/2019

Danois is over at DrugRehab.com. Below are two links from the website site that provides information and support to people facing substance use disorders. According to…

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by, DailySunshine On 10/12/2019

This comes from Amy. Her dad a Vietnam Veteran, struggled for years with PTSD and many sleep issues like insomnia, intense nightmares, etc. as a result…

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by, DailySunshine On 10/12/2019

Carmen a Graduate Student in Southern California, sent over this link:  Predatory Car Sales to Military Members There are some great tips and info. Thank…

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by, DailySunshine On 09/08/2019

If your love one spends majority of their time either in bed or in a wheelchair, look out for skin breakdown. It's not a matter…

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by, DailySunshine On 09/08/2019

This is just my opinion But no matter how much time you have with your love one, even if the doctors have said how much…

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by, DailySunshine On 07/02/2019

Several years ago Donnie McClurkin had a song called 'We Fall Down'. With my mom and now with my dad.  My sister and I are…

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by, DailySunshine On 07/02/2019

A few weeks back, an email came from tuck.com. At Tuck.com, they cover everything sleep-related, from the science behind it to tips for getting a…

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by, DailySunshine On 06/28/2019

My dad and I were interviewed by the NBC 4 I-Team back in April. They aired a small portion of our interview: NBC 4 -…

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by, DailySunshine On 06/22/2019

Getting measured for new wheels. The new chair is going to have a motor and it's light weight. Going into the Fall, this will be…

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by, DailySunshine On 06/21/2019

It may have been a tough morning or midday. The phone kept ringing and the bad news kept coming. It's time to 'Take Five'. You…

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by, DailySunshine On 06/21/2019

Your love one is 'medically ready for release' But the question is, 'Are they really ready to come home?' Yes, there's no place like home…

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by, DailySunshine On 06/19/2019

Some days are tough and some are more challenging than others. For me, I keep pushing through. Staying focus on what really needs to be…

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by, DailySunshine On 06/12/2019

The White House VA Hotline. It's open 24 hours a day: 1-855-948-2311. Open to Veterans, their families and caregivers. Most agents are Veterans or from…

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by, DailySunshine On 03/28/2019

Today I am launching a new service. Something to help me get back on my feet and assist you at the same time. It is…

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by, DailySunshine On 12/29/2018

Yes, the Gift of Sleep is the perfect holiday gift. But the Gift of Sleep is for anytime. Have someone or a team watch your…

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by, DailySunshine On 12/29/2018

Taking care of my dad full-time has been not only time consuming but expensive. By having caregivers help out during the day and night. Things…

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by, DailySunshine On 12/28/2018

These last few years, my dad has overcome lots of challenges. With the West Nile Virus, the heart attacks and then losing both legs... Navigating…

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by, DailySunshine On 06/29/2018

Before you close the door...Where are your keys? Double Check BEFORE you close the door and possibly lock you and your love one out. Almost…

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by, DailySunshine On 06/25/2018

My father went back to the gym at Walter Reed - Bethesda about mid-October 2017. After he was released from Sunrise Nursing & Rehabilitation. This…

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by, DailySunshine On 06/24/2018

You may have noticed that the website has not been updated. Since January, I have been getting my rest. Not too many nights falling asleep…

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by, DailySunshine On 01/28/2018

While you or your love one are in the hospital, you always have options. You can transfer from one hospital to another (you'll probably have…

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by, DailySunshine On 01/28/2018

We filed the complaint on January 16, 2018 with the Patient Experience and Advocacy Office and the Nurse Manager for the Ward called us on…

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by, DailySunshine On 01/28/2018

The last straw for me was the doctors at the Washington DC VA Medical Center didn't listen to me or my dad. So Sunday morning…

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by, DailySunshine On 01/28/2018

January 1st 2018, the morning was nice, quiet and normal but by the afternoon things change. We had to call 9-1-1 after my dad was…

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by, DailySunshine On 01/28/2018

I'll take full responsibility for this one. I took my dad to get a lab draw at Walter Reed - Bethesda and then to VA…

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by, DailySunshine On 01/28/2018

After dinner, my sister, dad and I stopped by Whole Foods in Annapolis, MD. We were looking around and I remembered to check his leg…

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by, DailySunshine On 01/21/2018

As a caregiver, sometimes you feel like you're running at top speed and still feel like you're behind. At that point, I stop and try…

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by, DailySunshine On 01/21/2018

The issues with Word Press have been resolved! Thank you to the Help Desk at Word Press and for itsyourdailysunshine.com admin team Sabra Creative for…

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by, DailySunshine On 11/03/2017

The good thing about having the Prosthetic Department not too far away is that the prosthetist can pop over and see how you’re doing. Any…

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by, DailySunshine On 10/30/2017

The first day the therapist saw my dad at rehab, he told my dad he needed shorts.  And ever since then, he's been in shorts. …

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by, DailySunshine On 10/30/2017

First time back on the stationary bike since earlier this year - October 30th 2017 The last time my dad was on the stationary bike…

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by, DailySunshine On 10/30/2017

For the last couple of weeks my father has been talking about giving away his shoes.  This is a big step in his recovery and…

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by, DailySunshine On 10/29/2017

As your reading through my blog, I know your like, "Monique, you make me think a lot, my head hurts." The good thing about this…

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by, DailySunshine On 10/29/2017

As you are going through your estate planning, are you or your love one a small business owner/investor? Now is a great time to start…

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by, DailySunshine On 10/25/2017

You know that the main reason for this blog and also the YouTube channel is to have you get your love ones affairs in order.…

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by, DailySunshine On 10/25/2017

Over the weekend, we got new tennis shoes for dad. Something a little lighter than the diabetic tennis shoes he's been wearing.  When they took…

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by, DailySunshine On 10/22/2017

I don't like to fall, trip, get off balance, slide down, I like standing on my own two feet. Falling is one of my dad's…

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by, DailySunshine On 10/21/2017

It is not a sign of defeat if you have to call for reenforcements. With my mom, calling the fire department was our last option…

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by, DailySunshine On 10/21/2017

My father had a good workout yesterday. He didn't like this machine, so he hurried up, did a little time and got off it very…

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by, DailySunshine On 10/20/2017

Ever since the Scooter was delivered last year, my father has been trying to figure out where to store it.  Today he had a few…

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by, DailySunshine On 10/12/2017

Yesterday was moving day. He's making sure I don't forget anything. At home in his favorite chair. Well after five months, he's finally able to…

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by, DailySunshine On 10/12/2017

Sunday was dad's last day at rehab. A little therapy send off. It was very low key. Time to go get ready for bed. Tomorrow…

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by, DailySunshine On 10/07/2017

Here's my dad on Thursday taking his legs out for a spin.  He's trying to get his legs and hands as the wheelchair moves coordinated.…

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by, DailySunshine On 09/21/2017

It is always great to see family when they get a chance to come. Brother, two sisters and his nephew stopped by.      

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by, DailySunshine On 09/17/2017

My father and I are 'Donate Life Ambassadors', with the Washington Regional Transplant Community here in the DMV area. We have helped out at various…

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by, DailySunshine On 09/11/2017

As the seasons change and time passes, so does your relationship change with your love one. I call it a dance, you have to be…

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by, DailySunshine On 09/11/2017

Well, this time around, I did not lose my hair with all the added stress. I've been working really hard on it. I braid/cornrow it…

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by, DailySunshine On 09/11/2017

So has I flip through the channels hearing the reflections of 9/11, those recovering from Harvey and tracking Irma...Katia...Jose...and whatever else is out there. Then…

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by, DailySunshine On 09/11/2017

I cannot stress enough to take time for you.  Right now it is almost 10am. I made myself stay home this morning just to catch…

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by, DailySunshine On 09/05/2017

The Social Worker here at the rehab automatically scheduled a Care Plan Meeting after my father returned from the hospital.  Sometimes mistakes happen on purpose…

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by, DailySunshine On 09/05/2017

Yesterday was Labor Day, the unofficial ending of Summer.  Here at rehab, just like at the 4th of July, there was a big BBQ to…

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by, DailySunshine On 09/05/2017

My mother was born the day the war started --War II. We didn't make it to the cemetery on Friday, so we went yesterday.  We…

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by, DailySunshine On 09/05/2017

Saturday, the remnants of Harvey came through the DMV.  No sitting outside. Stayed in, watched the news and read the paper.

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by, DailySunshine On 09/02/2017

The 'sickest' person is not always the first one to go. You might look at your family now and just a little while ago, Grandpa…

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by, DailySunshine On 08/30/2017

Remember back in 2015 after my father had the second Transurethral Resection of the Prostate (TURP) and I suggested he spend a little time in…

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by, DailySunshine On 08/29/2017

Not everyone communicates verbally.  At the rehab where my dad is, there is this young lady. Basically everyone knows what she wants when she rides…

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by, DailySunshine On 08/29/2017

The ladies walking by last night was commented, 'We're wearing jackets in August!' This August has been unusually cool. NO! We are not complaining.  It…

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by, DailySunshine On 08/27/2017

Happy Hour is everyday at 3pm at the rehab place where my dad is.  Most of the time there is a theme --Birthday's, 50's, etc. …

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by, DailySunshine On 08/27/2017

Getting something in the mail other than bills, junk mail and other stuff, just might brighten your day.  A card or package really sticks out.…

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by, DailySunshine On 08/25/2017

After receiving two beautiful fruit baskets and plenty of Get Well cards, I knew it was time to send out the Thank You cards.  I…

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by, DailySunshine On 08/25/2017

After being in the hospital for five days, it is now time to get dad back on track.  The prosthetics are coming and he needs…

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by, DailySunshine On 08/25/2017

Storms come and go.  I love it when they leave a rainbow behind.

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by, DailySunshine On 08/25/2017

So before we left Walter Reed - Bethesda during his hospitalization, my father had an appointment at the Amputee Clinic.  The doctor looked him over,…

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by, DailySunshine On 08/25/2017

It was five days in the hospital at Walter Reed - Bethesda.    Thank goodness. Dad was so worried that he would have trouble getting…

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by, DailySunshine On 08/25/2017

Came across the New Mobility Magazine while waiting for the van last year. I glanced through it, thought it had a lot of great information,…

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by, DailySunshine On 08/12/2017

Last night we were surprised when we came down and saw the second ambulance sitting outside.  After I zooming in on the picture, I noticed…

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by, DailySunshine On 08/12/2017

For the past few days, dad's night caregiver informed me that he wasn't sleeping during the night.  Then the OT and PT staff at rehab…

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by, DailySunshine On 08/11/2017

New week, new floor. My father was doing so well, he graduated from the Cardiac Floor to the Internal Medicine Floor. The last meal before…

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by, DailySunshine On 08/10/2017

No matter what you do when someone you know is sick, it matters and makes a difference.  Just to know that they have not been…

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by, DailySunshine On 08/09/2017

Sunday, just after dinner, the power went out at the rehab. The first thing I said was, I hope no one was in the elevator. …

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by, DailySunshine On 08/01/2017

Well after going through and starting looking at your entire estate, you may feel like you might need something a little more than just a…

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by, DailySunshine On 08/01/2017

This is the flip side of rocky relationship -- do you have a rocky relationship with your child/children? If you don't have a spouse or…

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by, DailySunshine On 07/31/2017

While talking to one of my dad's church members she mentioned that one of her relatives are having problems with their mom.  Her advice to…

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by, DailySunshine On 07/31/2017

I am Daughter-In-Chief. Like Chief of Staff. Talk to doctors and make sure everyone is reading from the same page. Run a household --there's a…

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by, DailySunshine On 07/31/2017

Well yesterday, after church we stopped by the house for lunch before coming back to rehab.  Moving around the house is a little different. We…

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by, DailySunshine On 07/30/2017

Yesterday with the cool temps and rain, we had to bring out the Stars and Stripes blanket. My father received this no sew blanket over…

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by, DailySunshine On 07/30/2017

Have you seen this on the news or an email or a website? A picture of something with various colors and there's a discussion on…

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by, DailySunshine On 07/29/2017

I left off with the monthly overview at April/May. Now as I look back, May was a challenging month. It seemed like everything was trying…

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by, DailySunshine On 07/29/2017

One day, you look around and it's so automatic and then you remember...this is what your Mom or Dad would do.  Guess what?  You have…

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by, DailySunshine On 07/29/2017

My father has been out of Walter Reed - Bethesda for one month. He was released on Wednesday, June 29th to rehab.  It had been…

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by, DailySunshine On 07/28/2017

'What did he say!' Remember this line from the commercial where the man and woman were at the movies and the lights were coming on…

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by, DailySunshine On 07/27/2017

My father is a Veteran of the US Army Reserves. His time including his Active Duty time, stretch over 28 years combined.  But just like…

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by, DailySunshine On 07/27/2017

Your love one just got back from a funeral, one of their best friends or a close family member passed.  All of a sudden, you…

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by, DailySunshine On 07/27/2017

My father was talking to a couple of his nurses today and he told them, 'I'm different'. He has come along way since the first…

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by, DailySunshine On 07/26/2017

Are you getting enough sleep? Sleeping, resting your body, your body can tell. Here are a few ways you can get a little rest in…

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by, DailySunshine On 07/26/2017

Yes, just like magic. You close your eyes and everything is done. Well, it does happen just like that but you get it done.  Sometimes,…

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by, DailySunshine On 07/26/2017

A few weeks ago, I attended a Celebration of Life/Homecoming for my friend who passed away.  The Homecoming was bittersweet. It was ten years ago,…

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by, DailySunshine On 07/22/2017

J.D. Power and Associates has been hired by the Department of Veterans Affairs.  They called this afternoon asking questions about my father's encounter with the…

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by, DailySunshine On 07/04/2017

   It was a great 4th of July, especially since my father was not in the hospital.     The rehab center had a cookout with…

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by, DailySunshine On 07/01/2017

This is just my pet peeve, I like the term Residual Leg better than Leg Stump.  Stump reminds me of a tree and not something…

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by, DailySunshine On 07/01/2017

I cannot stress enough how much communication plays a part in everything, especially when taking care of your love one. The evening when my father…

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by, DailySunshine On 06/30/2017

This is going to be a huge learning curve for all of us.    My father finally made it to rehab. This is another great…

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by, DailySunshine On 06/28/2017

Been in this position twice before when my father was sick. You know if you have a house, something is always happening. I have been…

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by, DailySunshine On 06/27/2017

My father has had one episode at Hopkins and three episodes at Walter Reed. It's looks like something neuro is going on --he's unresponsive and…

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by, DailySunshine On 06/27/2017

My father stayed overnight in MICU and was moved back to the Cardiac floor mid-day Sunday. I knew he was doing too well to be…

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by, DailySunshine On 06/27/2017

This is the week my aunts came back from their trip. Since my dad had rested the previous week after getting out of the hospital,…

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by, DailySunshine On 06/27/2017

Can you believe it's been six weeks already! Well, we have been watching and waiting. Today is the day the stitches come out. 

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by, DailySunshine On 06/26/2017

My dad's youngest brother and his wife having been going to Hawaii for vacation for years. He's been trying to talk my dad into taking…

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by, DailySunshine On 06/26/2017

This has happened to me on several occasions, you are talking to a family member or a friend of the family and you tell them…

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by, DailySunshine On 06/25/2017

My father has a lifetime of life's experiences --taking care of a wife with Multiple Sclerosis (MS), raising two girls, working both in the civilian…

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by, DailySunshine On 06/24/2017

Sometimes the guilt will sneak up on you that you are not doing enough, or able to be there all the time.  Yes, it's ok…

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by, DailySunshine On 06/24/2017

You may not think your under stress but your body will let you know.  A huge alarm for me was when my father was under…

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by, DailySunshine On 06/24/2017

Well last night, just before 6pm the surgeon walked into the waiting room. He told my sister and I that all had gone well and…

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by, DailySunshine On 06/24/2017

So you have to have humor during these times while in the hospital. Everyday, usually in the morning, you see a team of doctors standing…

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by, DailySunshine On 06/23/2017

There is nothing like anticipating something that you know is going to happen but things are moving in slow motion and you just have to…

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by, DailySunshine On 06/23/2017

I have seen my share of difficult times. My senior year of college and my first semester in grad school were a bit of a…

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by, DailySunshine On 06/21/2017

You know, everything happens for a reason. Not sure why yesterday wasn't a good day for surgery, it doesn't matter now. They rescheduled for Friday. …

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by, DailySunshine On 06/20/2017

I'm posting this because with modern technology, there comes the flip side --down service.  But it might not be a down cell phone tower, it…

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by, DailySunshine On 06/20/2017

I remind my dad how blessed he is when he starts complaining or is unhappy about something. No, it's not easy but I lean on…

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by, DailySunshine On 06/20/2017

I have been trying to figure out how to get my father a shower.  With this new body of his, once everything gets all healed…

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by, DailySunshine On 06/20/2017

So even before they came with the news that surgery had been cancelled, my father was talking about going on vacation.  You know with a…

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by, DailySunshine On 06/20/2017

These gifts just showed up at our door yesterday.     I really appreciate hand made gifts and anything someone or a group took time to…

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by, DailySunshine On 06/20/2017

Yesterday was Father's Day and Dad had a wonderful day.  He wanted to put on regular clothes, enough of the 'in demand hospital gown'.       …

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by, DailySunshine On 06/14/2017

Last night, a little after 6pm the docs came to my father's room and gave us confirmation of what we were dreading. For the past…

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by, DailySunshine On 06/13/2017

So this past Saturday, my dad had a medical emergency. Yes, he's still in the hospital.  The nurse assigned to him was unfamiliar with my…

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by, DailySunshine On 06/13/2017

Where Are the Male Caregivers?  This message is for Men. You are needed now. You will be needed even more in the future.  Yes, you…

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by, DailySunshine On 06/13/2017

For some people, there are only a few reasons why they will be going to the hospital-- Birth of a child To visit someone who…

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by, DailySunshine On 06/06/2017

Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz said it best, 'There's no place like home'.  At home, you know where everything is...unless someone moved it.  You…

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by, DailySunshine On 06/05/2017

Ok, the parking lot/garage looks a lot different at night or early in the morning than it does midday.  I need you to pay attention…

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by, DailySunshine On 06/05/2017

Today is one of those days where, it's just a tough day. You are moving through it but things are really giving you a run…

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by, DailySunshine On 06/05/2017

With all the medications that my father is on plus other things are happening at the same time, the last thing we needed to see…

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by, DailySunshine On 06/05/2017

Well third Sunday was Easter and also the day my dad was released from Walter Reed. I just had to get my two aunts (two…

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by, DailySunshine On 06/02/2017

Well this week started off in the hospital and not at church. Keeping things moving by taking walks to keep himself busy.         This time…

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by, DailySunshine On 06/02/2017

Tuesday, April 5th, my father had a follow up appointment in Nephrology. He wanted to leave early to get to the appointment early. We talked…

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by, DailySunshine On 06/02/2017

My father started of the month going to church-- First Sunday.     Here we go...after a year, the POD returns ready to unload. The furniture…

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by, DailySunshine On 06/01/2017

So last year, in order for my dad to be released from rehab. We needed to have the first floor set up for him.      …

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by, DailySunshine On 05/31/2017

My father started the week off, trying to make up from lost time. He's trying to find more paperwork to submit to the VA Board…

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by, DailySunshine On 05/31/2017

We thought it was pneumonia and maybe his asthma was acting up. It was pneumonia and some respiratory activity, then they said there was cardiac…

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by, DailySunshine On 05/31/2017

Now this part of the year gets interesting. Sometimes I want to skip and fast forward the difficult times/situations, this is next couple of months,…

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by, DailySunshine On 05/31/2017

When I say, 'Cracking the Whip' it means to get up and go...now.  My get up and go is kinda slowing down. Leaving the hospital…

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by, DailySunshine On 05/31/2017

Would like to say a quick 'Thanks' to Sabra Design for their continued web support.  Check out Sabra Design if you or someone you know --maybe a…

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by, DailySunshine On 05/31/2017

This is the week of the Memorial Day Holiday. Yes, we pause to remember our veterans --living, deceased, active, retired and those that separated. Right…

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by, DailySunshine On 05/30/2017

It's Graduation Season! Congratulations to all the Graduates! Especially those in the medical field. As you go out into the world, make your mark. Keep…

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by, DailySunshine On 05/25/2017

There has been numerous research about pets and their abilities. My father is not really open to pets but I think eventually getting him a…

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by, DailySunshine On 05/25/2017

Well if you have a good relationship, it should be a good visit. I still applauded and encourage a visit with those who have a…

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by, DailySunshine On 05/23/2017

You are trying to leave, you have to be on your way. There so much you have to do, you just wanted to pop in,…

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by, DailySunshine On 05/23/2017

It is not always easy to talk about what's going on with your love one. You're saying the same thing over and over again.  You…

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by, DailySunshine On 05/22/2017

This might be 'common sense' items that I am suggesting you leave at home or have someone take them back home or hold for you…

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by, DailySunshine On 05/22/2017

Started the week off going to church. Gym time!              For the last couple of months, my dad has been really frustrated because he's leaking…

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by, DailySunshine On 05/22/2017

Day after the holiday, it's time to hit the gym. Walking, walking and more walking. Even hit the steps, climbing up a few and back…

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by, DailySunshine On 05/21/2017

Today my father really saw his leg for the first time post amputation. His emotions are up and down. As he is moving around, he…

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by, DailySunshine On 05/21/2017

When my mom was still living, I would see her after work and she was always asleep. Really sleepy and tired. It wasn't until we…

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by, DailySunshine On 05/21/2017

Belief is faith put into action... I had to come to the understanding that when you say you believe something, whatever it is, it holds…

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by, DailySunshine On 05/21/2017

Started off week four at home! Inauguration festivities over, long holiday over, getting back on track. Made it back in time to go to church. …

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by, DailySunshine On 05/21/2017

Well for the second and third week of January, my father was in Baltimore, Maryland at Johns Hopkins Hospital. The UTI had turned worse. It…

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by, DailySunshine On 05/21/2017

With the holidays all said and done, January started off busy.  First, an appointment with Neurology (Sleep Doctor), Physical Therapy and Wound Care.            …

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by, DailySunshine On 05/18/2017

It doesn't matter if you are sitting in a hospital room or the doctors office, it's 'hurry up and wait' time.  Time can really get…

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by, DailySunshine On 05/18/2017

As a precaution after surgery, my father was sent to the Surgical Intensive Care Unit (SICU). He was sent there on Sunday after surgery too…

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by, DailySunshine On 05/18/2017

So Tuesday was rough, for everyone. My aunt was here, she came straight from church on Sunday to be here for the emergency surgery. My…

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by, DailySunshine On 05/18/2017

A couple of weeks ago, my father's blood sugar was really low. When it was happening, the night caregiver heard my father say, 'Jesus, Jesus,…

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by, DailySunshine On 05/18/2017

My father was very emotional after surgery. He was very greatful. He was so full of love that it overwhelmed him.  A few weeks ago,…

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by, DailySunshine On 05/18/2017

After most of my dad's surgeries, he's not interested looking at the site. So I'm the one who usually does the wound care and gives…

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by, DailySunshine On 05/17/2017

The amputation went well. The doctors saw healthy blood, so they are optimistic amount the ability to heal.  Now this changes everything. Now I'm going…

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by, DailySunshine On 05/17/2017

Once a upon a time, I was an only child. It was me, my mom and dad. My mom had MS --Multiple Sclerosis and back…

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by, DailySunshine On 05/16/2017

I've heard this quote from many different people, no matter who says it or writes it, it's still powerful: 'If you fall, land on your…

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by, DailySunshine On 05/16/2017

You get use to daily routine and you hit little bumps. And then everything returns back to normal.  Then out of the blue, the dominos…

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by, DailySunshine On 05/16/2017

As a caregiver, there will be a day you want to skip. Everyday is a good day but they do come with challenges. Today is…

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by, DailySunshine On 05/14/2017

Every so often, my father will do something or something might happen and I'll say to myself, 'Where have I seen this before?' It's because…

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by, DailySunshine On 05/14/2017

The weather is breaking, we are getting hospital fatigue --we have never been at Walter Reed, either campus (DC or MD) for this long. Everyone…

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by, DailySunshine On 05/14/2017

Well they took the two toes from the right foot and just as I had suspected, the right foot can't be saved. The surgeon came…

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by, DailySunshine On 05/14/2017

It's Sunday and since this surgery was not on the schedule, dad gets the VIP Treatment. He's the only patient in PACU.      …

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by, DailySunshine On 05/14/2017

Are you the caregiver safe? Yes, you!  I'm asking this question because a few times my father has been enraged and started swinging. Each time…

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by, DailySunshine On 05/14/2017

You might have picked up the perfect gift, made arrangements for today, did everything you were supposed to do. She had a great time, you…

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by, DailySunshine On 05/14/2017

Just as I was coming into the hospital, the overnight caregiver was texting me letting me know that my father will have emergency surgery this…

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by, DailySunshine On 05/14/2017

Right now, I want to address rumors. Yes, rumors about 'The County Hospital' off of Main Street or 'City Hospital' on First Place.  If you…

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by, DailySunshine On 05/12/2017

So tomorrow will make two weeks that my father has been here at Walter Reed - Bethesda. He's had several rooms changes and now we…

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by, DailySunshine On 05/11/2017

Today, I lost one of my biggest supporters of this project 'It's Your Daily Sunshine'. His mom called me this morning to let me know…

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by, DailySunshine On 05/10/2017

Well my father is as ready as he's gonna to get. Prayers have been prayed, angels are in place, everything is ready to go. Escorts…

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by, DailySunshine On 05/10/2017

Ok, let's talk about hospital food. Depending on where you are the food maybe good, I mean really good that you make sure you take…

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by, DailySunshine On 05/09/2017

Well my father's blood levels have been low and the other day they dipped very low, so he had to have a transfusion.  My dad…

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by, DailySunshine On 05/09/2017

This is one of the topics you and your love one can discuss when you talk about what their wishes are: What happens if there…

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by, DailySunshine On 05/09/2017

During my father's last hospital visit and this one, it was very obvious that he needed a bed that adjusts and not lay flat. I've…

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by, DailySunshine On 05/09/2017

So we got to the hospital on Saturday, April 29th and my father started out in the Emergency Room. From there they decided that he…

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by, DailySunshine On 05/09/2017

The hospital's traveling cart has a little bit of everything, movies, snacks and sometimes you find something special that has been donated.  Today I picked…

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by, DailySunshine On 05/08/2017

I have a favor to ask, I'm not in a position to take my annual May break, why don't you go for me?  You probably…

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by, DailySunshine On 05/05/2017

Well my mom did not drive, so there was no worrying about her being out on the road.  Now she did have an electric scooter…

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by, DailySunshine On 05/05/2017

Ok, you're at the doctors office or emergency room and everyone that you talk to ask your love one about their home medications. First you're…

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by, DailySunshine On 05/05/2017

My sister and I do the best we can with my dad but we are women. His caregivers that help us take care of him…

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by, DailySunshine On 05/05/2017

So on Wednesday my father had the procedure to open up his veins on the left leg and that went fine. Fast-forward to today for…

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by, DailySunshine On 05/05/2017

This has been an interesting week.  First starting off in MICU but quickly moved back to the Heart Unit. My dad had three procedures: one…

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by, DailySunshine On 05/03/2017

Maybe it was easy to get your love one to do a Power of Attorney or maybe it was hard, either way, it's now finished…

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by, DailySunshine On 05/03/2017

Caregiving is hard and it can feel lonely.  If you are supporting someone who is taking care of someone, I think the best advice I…

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by, DailySunshine On 05/03/2017

It's the first of the month again. Are you paying your love ones bills too?  Are you finding that one/few bill(s) is always late for…

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by, DailySunshine On 05/03/2017

Sitting here in the hospital, reminds me of why I detox.  Talking about if your body is functioning correctly is not the most popular topic…

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by, DailySunshine On 05/03/2017

You can NOT believe everything you see with your eyes. The monitors will ring, your love one will look grave, you only hear the risks…

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by, DailySunshine On 05/02/2017

After being released from the ER, we came to the Cardiac floor where my father has been treated the last two visits but somehow there…

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by, DailySunshine On 05/02/2017

Well we are here again in the emergency room, what a week! And the same PA that took care of us over at VA is…

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by, DailySunshine On 01/02/2017

2/4 - Leaving for Genesis Fairland Center - Silver Spring, MD 2/8 - Working with Speech, practicing eating a cracker 2/9 - Bleeding started again,…

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by, DailySunshine On 12/07/2016

Now the flip side of your love one's wishes: Things don't always go according to plan. Yes, they stopped communicating with you but now something…

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by, DailySunshine On 12/07/2016

I see you, you're just like I was about five minutes ago...getting ready to run out the door. Quick question:  Do you really have to…

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by, DailySunshine On 12/06/2016

Let's talk about a very sensitive subject: Respecting Your Love One's Wishes. You know I highly encourage everyone to sit down and have your love…

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by, DailySunshine On 12/06/2016

There will be a time and place that you will encounter a road block. Use this time for what it is, an opportunity to slow…

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by, DailySunshine On 11/29/2016

If your love one is diabetic, this is my suggestion --check their feet every once in a while.  The ulcer that was on my dad's…

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by, DailySunshine On 11/29/2016

And since we are talking about what your love one is allergic too, make sure you (and your love one) has a current copy of…

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by, DailySunshine On 11/29/2016

Do you know your love one's allergies?  Are they allergic to certain medications, food, skin products, or all of the above? Now is a good…

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by, DailySunshine On 11/29/2016

My last rememberable Thanksgiving memory is the last time we were able to bring my mom home to celebrate Thanksgiving with us.  My dad had…

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by, DailySunshine On 11/25/2016

Several years ago, I attended a presentation on planning effective presentations.  The presenter named the stages of planning you to go through.  I forgot what…

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by, DailySunshine On 11/25/2016

Last year before the West Nile Virus hit my father, he was interview by someone from Department of Health and Human Services.  I'm not sure…

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by, DailySunshine On 11/25/2016

I'm calling this the case of the ex. While sitting in the waiting room, every now and then a person will strike up a conversation.…

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by, DailySunshine On 11/24/2016

The other day, we were speaking with my dad's nurse and somehow the conversation came up about health insurance.  I told her that I did…

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by, DailySunshine On 11/24/2016

During mealtime, are you sitting down with your love one and eating with them? One of my aunts found that eating with my grandmother made…

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by, DailySunshine On 11/23/2016

Yes, I was able to get away for a few days.  Recharging your batteries and getting some down time is a must!  If not, you…

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by, DailySunshine On 11/23/2016

You had to move heaven and earth to get to this appointment on time and the first thing they do is take your blood pressure.…

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by, DailySunshine On 11/23/2016

Last week, I made my very public apology, this week I'm eating 'Humble Pie' trying to make things right.  Karma has a way of showing…

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by, DailySunshine On 11/21/2016

Have you been thinking of someone?  Today or sometime this week, stop and make time to communicate with them.  You can do something as simple…

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by, DailySunshine On 11/21/2016

Is your family like many others dealing with a new reality, a 'new normal'?  Yes, you may see signs of progress and you think that…

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by, DailySunshine On 11/21/2016

From my family to yours... Be safe Enjoy your time with family and friends Pay it forward - no matter how big or small the…

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by, DailySunshine On 11/21/2016

No doesn't always mean no forever.  When you are in sales, you know for each no, the yes is right around the corner.  There is…

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by, DailySunshine On 11/20/2016

We won the lottery but no, not the one where you win money.  Everyone last year was getting their lottery tickets as the jackpot increased.…

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by, DailySunshine On 11/20/2016

Yes, this might be the most expensive year that I can remember.  The fact that it takes time to recover and heal, things just keep adding…

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by, DailySunshine On 11/20/2016

One of your skills sets as a caregiver will be the ability to negotiate.  The are numerous situations that call for you to negotiate.  Yes,…

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by, DailySunshine On 11/20/2016

When you are a caregiver, you are juggling many balls at one time -- they may be all up in the air, on the floor or…

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by, DailySunshine On 11/20/2016

Just before I left last week, my father ended up in the Emergency Room.  It was nothing serious, I just had to remember what happened…

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by, DailySunshine On 11/20/2016

A few weeks ago, met a young lady and her daughter in the food court.  We talked for a few minutes and she told me…

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by, DailySunshine On 11/19/2016

Today is National Adoption Day.  We would like to congratulate all the new families, we wish the very best for all of you. My sister…

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by, DailySunshine On 11/17/2016

Since we are on the topic of 'Not Perfect', I need to apologize to someone.  Yes, I'm doing it publicly because they need to know…

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by, DailySunshine On 11/17/2016

I make mistakes too.  The pressure of having everything perfect and right can get to be too much.  It is very overwhelming.  There are consequences…

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by, DailySunshine On 11/16/2016

I have been trying since June to renew all of our passports because they expire next month.  So if you are in the same boat…

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by, DailySunshine On 11/09/2016

The Social Security Administration Let's talk about Social Security.  Has your love one misplaced their card during their last illness or moving?  Go to their…

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by, DailySunshine On 11/09/2016

Happy Veteran's Day to All the Vets! Here's a few links to find the freebies & promotions: The Balance Military.com Military Benefits The Military Wallet…

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by, DailySunshine On 11/09/2016

Oneness Mobility is located in Forestville, MD, just inside the Beltway here in the DMV area.  This business came highly recommended through several Veterans after…

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by, DailySunshine On 11/09/2016

After a rough day or a rough night, first light --the dawning of a new day is always welcoming to me. To me this represents…

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by, DailySunshine On 11/09/2016

When I was in high school (Archbishop Carroll), my biology teacher would say 'The Senerity Prayer' before every class (my parents had my sister and I…

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by, DailySunshine On 11/08/2016

It was not until my aunt was retiring that she realized how much she had my mom (her sister) as her beneficiary.  The same thing…

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by, DailySunshine On 11/07/2016

It only takes a minute to ask someone how they are doing, or in the words of Wendy, 'How You Doing?' The number one answer…

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by, DailySunshine On 11/07/2016

Since I am jugging everything, I don't always get all the sleep I need.  It is so much easier to write and get things done…

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by, DailySunshine On 11/07/2016

Ok, on the flip side of taking a break is that feeling of guilt.  Your love one depends on you and you feel that pressure…

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by, DailySunshine On 11/07/2016

My last trip out of town was September 2015, just before my father got sick.  Actually, my father, cousin and I were on our way…

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by, DailySunshine On 10/24/2016

It doesn't matter what time of the year that you read this but are you on target for YOUR goals.  I had It's Your Daily…

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by, DailySunshine On 10/18/2016

The weather is gorgeous!  It is a great time to take your love one out to get some fresh air.  You can take them to…

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by, DailySunshine On 10/16/2016

So Friday was the anniversary of my mother's death (10/14).  It is always an interesting day.  This year, trying to keep my dad busy and…

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by, DailySunshine On 10/16/2016

My father had the fight of his life, coming back from ground zero to now slow walking and getting back on his feet.  He's had…

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by, DailySunshine On 10/16/2016

This is what West Nile Can Do to a Kidney Transplant Recipient: A picture of my father, one year ago --October 2015.  In MICU at…

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by, DailySunshine On 09/03/2016

Today I will schedule me into my schedule.  Today make time for you, do something even if it’s just sitting on your porch/patio for just…

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