Month: January 2016

Grace

Shortly after Mom moved to Louisiana, I asked if I could photograph her. An eager but inexperienced photographer, I told her I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do with the photos but thought it would be helpful for me to process, well, the…

“The morphine is sticky.”

The first time she used the morphine around me, I didn’t know she had taken it. We were in the car moving her to Louisiana. I put her wheelchair in the back and got in, and she said, “Do you have a wipe? The morphine…

Casualties and heroes

Changing your life so drastically can have a trickledown effect on those around you. Brian and I have exchanged our share of tears and difficult conversations in the two and a half months that Mom has lived here. We’ve worried about money, worried about…

And Mama J makes 3

Proud and terrified daughter and son-in-law Gail and Brian S. of Baton Rouge, welcome a mother/mother-in-law, Joan O., also known as Mama J or Mama Joan. Age, 76. Weight, 75 pounds. Height, 4’10”.  Back in September when I drove to Missouri to visit my mom,…