Category: Barry’s Journey

BARRY’S JOURNEY – One Cheese Burger Too Many…

No, I am really not trying to kill you Barry. After staying in Red Wing for the month of October, I hit the ground running in November. I had three out-of-town speaking engagements along with Barry’s birthday on Nov. 3.

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BARRY’S JOURNEY – John

CALLING BARRY JOHN My husband Barry has been at his care center for just over a year now — but it seems like forever. It’s still hard to believe that he is there for the rest of his life. I

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BARRY’S JOURNEY – Dogs for the heart.

Dogs in his life A few weeks ago, Barry had an extra special four-legged visitor named GoldenGirl Getty. GoldenGirl is a very well-trained golden retriever therapy dog who is busy doing all sorts of things! She listens quietly as children

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BARRY’S JOURNEY – I love you too!

FTD can be really mean Visits with Barry have become a bit scary. He is unsteady as he walks. I bought new shoes for him, otherwise I think he would have fallen by now. When I arrive, he is usually

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BARRY’S JOURNEY No. 28

Spring update Barry seems to be holding his own these days. He used to spend a lot of time in bed, which was a way to keep him from wandering around his floor and getting into trouble. For a long

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BARRY’S 8OURNEY No. 27

What is Barry thinking? I can’t figure out how to feel about Barry and his life at the care center. When he first got there, I was relieved that he had somewhere to go after being kicked out of his

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BARRY’S JOURNEY No. 27

It has been a while since my last post, and I am sorry to have kept everyone hanging. It seems I no longer have a firm hold on time while I juggle so many projects that I never get anything

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BARRY’S JOURNEY No. 26

Peace and comfort in hospice care A few weeks ago, I attended a care conference with a social worker and a nurse at Barry’s care center. Everyone was concerned about his weight loss, falling and food pocketing. Barry had been

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BARRY’S JOURNEY No. 25

Falling and rocking Barry is getting really unsteady on his feet since his doctors cut down on his medications. I can’t help but wonder if we now are seeing the true symptoms of frontotemporal dementia (FTD) that the medications may

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BARRY’S JOURNEY No. 24

Dinner with Barry I have been trying hard to get to Barry’s care center around 5:00 each day. His social worker said he could have one beer a day to make his life, well, more normal. So for about a

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