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Frank's an ex-TV writer, now sandwich-generation ADHD homemaker with a wife, two kids, a dog, and an eighty-something mother-in-law in a house that won’t stay clean. He writes here to try to figure out what’s going on there.

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Archives: December 2010

posted: Thursday December 23rd - 9:00am

Note to Self: Our Symptoms Do Not Define Us

Spending time with my father before the holidays, I'm reminded that many people with illness and disabilities are treated like a list of symptoms and treatments. This Christmas, my wish is that we honor the whole person.

Through the years we all will be together, if the fates allow, Until then we’ll have to muddle through somehow, So have yourself a merry little Christmas now. - Ralph Blane Writing my last post -- in which I help a nurse tranquilize my 86-year-old father when he had become violent due to his ongoing struggle with dementia -- left me unsettled. Dad’s condition since his brain injury has...
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posted: Monday December 13th - 11:00am

Confused and Overcome with Bursts of Violence, It Sounds Like ADHD, But It's Not

My father always stood by me as a misunderstood kid with ADHD, but now that his own health problems are causing him to turn violent, can I be as supportive?

“Then sundown comes around again, you find yourself alone You wander through a sea of eyes but always on your own.” - Eric Anderson At the end of my last post, I was about ready to leave my parents’ house in Delaware and head home to Georgia after spending a couple of weeks helping my mother and father deal with my dad’s recent traumatic brain injury. My father...
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