Author: Samra Jones Bufkins, MJ, APR

Caregiver’s Log, Friday April 6, 2018

By Samra Jones Bufkins One of the few hobbies I have left is gardening.  I love the challenge of growing tropical plants in containers. The plant above is a plumeria, which takes years to get to this size and to bloom. Native to the Caribbean, they are also very prolific in Hawaii, where their flowers are … Continue reading Caregiver’s Log, Friday April 6, 2018

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Caregiver’s Log, Sunday March 25, 2018

Turning on a dime By Samra Jones Bufkins Bill is usually very happy to eat whatever I cook for him, unless it's too spicy.  Today, we experienced another behavior that is becoming increasingly common. We went to Palm Sunday Mass and arrived home at about 1 p.m. We spent some time reading the paper and … Continue reading Caregiver’s Log, Sunday March 25, 2018

Caregiver’s Log, Saturday March 24, 2018

By Samra Jones Bufkins Saturday Lunch in Alzheimer's Land We decided to eat lunch in front of the TV today, watching the March for Our Lives and planning to watch March Madness later. I made chicken salad from scratch, and used sourdough bread to make big, thick sandwiches, which were served with apple slices and … Continue reading Caregiver’s Log, Saturday March 24, 2018

More about getting real

By Samra Jones Bufkins Not long ago I wrote a post about "getting real."  Since then it's gotten better, but not much. The other morning, right before his physical therapist arrived, he came out of the guest bathroom. I didn't see him leave, but he circled through my office and the kitchen, and when I saw … Continue reading More about getting real

Caregiver’s Log, February 3, 2018, 6:15 am

Caregiver’s Log, February 3, 2018, 6:15 am

By Samra Jones Bufkins Things have calmed down in the past few days, but at 6:15 this morning, sound asleep, I felt a presence looking down on me. Bill was standing next to the bed with a scowl on his face. Pointing his finger he demanded "What are you doing?" Softly, I said "Sleeping. It's … Continue reading Caregiver’s Log, February 3, 2018, 6:15 am

Time to get real about this

January 30, 2018 TMI Alert: This one doesn't sugarcoat anything. For the third January in a row, we've been to the ER. This time, hubby was admitted for pneumonia on January 2. Ten days later he was moved to a skilled nursing rehab facility to work on regaining strength and balance. That was 2 weeks … Continue reading Time to get real about this

Caregiver’s Log, October 29, 2017

Fearing our worst fear By Samra Jones Bufkins For some unknown reason, I became deathly sick to my stomach last night. Because of the timing, I'm blaming it on the 9th inning implosion of the Houston Astros in Game 4 of the World Series, but I digress... During one of my trips to pay homage … Continue reading Caregiver’s Log, October 29, 2017

Caregiver’s Log, October 21, 2017

Caregiver’s Log, October 21, 2017

My house or our house? By Samra Jones Bufkins I'm not completely sure if he knows who I am, and that fluctuates from day to day. More than once he's referred to me as "the woman who lives here." Friends always make a point of saying "your wife, Samra..." whenever possible. At the suggestion of … Continue reading Caregiver’s Log, October 21, 2017

Caregiver’s Log, October 13, 2017

by Samra Jones Bufkins I’m going to start “Caregiver Logs” (inspired by Star Trek’s Captain’s Log) as part of this blog, describing incidents and behaviors we experience. For the first few posts I’ll be going back in recent time. I’ll venture into the TMI zone here, because people need to know that hostility, agitation and … Continue reading Caregiver’s Log, October 13, 2017