Tag: Sharon

Pressing forward

The Wilbraham-Hampden Times did a nice article about Kathy and my fundraiser. We are now at 80% of the initial goal! Thanks to everyone. Remembering Kathy Lehndorff   Fundraiser ongoing to exhibit artist’s work By Tyler S. Witkop, Turley Publications Staff Writer HAMPDEN – A lifelong artist, Kathy Lehndorff had the creative touch. Now her husband and caregiver Peter is borrowing… Read more →

Giving Thanks

I have so much to be thankful for… …it is hard to know where to even begin. First and foremost I had a great life with Kathy. It was “a good run” as they say. She got to spend the rest of her days on her terms, in her house and left with a smile on her face. And I… Read more →

Undertakings: Part 2

Where was I? It has been three weeks since Kathy passed away. There have been a few moments when my eyes have started welling up. It is funny how it happens at odd moments. I was down at my accountant’s office. I don’t have much to account for, but I am lousy with numbers. They  wished me condolences and I… Read more →

Wednesday and Thursday: Goodbye

It has been over a week since Kathy passed away. I marked the actual time by having a glass of her wine out on our deck with Marty, my basset sitting on my feet. Don’t worry it was a small glass of wine. Marty and I had just finished mowing the leaves. Again. The leaves seem to keep falling whether… Read more →

The final decline

CAREGIVING: This is really a post about the week or so before Kathy passed away. I’m writing so I can remember. I need to go a few steps backward. Then maybe I can move forward. The indications were all there.  Kathy was starting to have digestion issues again. Besides having diarrhea, she was regurgitating food. She wasn’t vomiting but when… Read more →

Second thoughts; and third ones too

CAREGIVING:  This week was another wild ride emotionally. The big debate was whether Kathy should be taken to the hospital. I was having second thoughts and third thoughts and more. I mean, it isn’t like it is life or death…  Oh, wait it is. These are tough decisions, and probably some of the toughest ones you and I have to… Read more →

Medicine for Phlemergencies: Plan B

CAREGIVING:  A few weeks ago we noticed Kathy’s blood pressure was running very low. So, it seemed logical that we should cut back her blood pressure medicine (Propranolol). We were also adjusting some of her other meds. Scopolamine redo: Kathy’s coughing and lung secretions seem to be bothering her more. It is very common in late-stage Huntington’s Disease. One of her nurses suggested giving the Scopolamine Patch another… Read more →