Wednesday, November 21, 2012


Elizabeth Patricia O'Callaghan Gehrke

November 21, 2012

10:25 AM

Monday, September 3, 2012

My Dearest Lily

As I sit here watching you in your last days I weep for all that was, is, and someday soon will be no more.  My how you have fought so steadfastly with humor and grace this awful awful disease. Perhaps your fight isn't over but your decline in the last month and especially the last few days leads me to think the battle is nearly over and Alzheimer's wins again.

As sick as you are you continue to smile and be as helpful as you possibly can. True to your old self the gift of gab keeps on giving. Lying with your eyes closed you continue to talk, laugh, and sing.  Is it a coincidence that the song that you are singing over and over is:

Show me the way home
I'm tired and I want to go to bed

Easter 2012

Our beloved Lily

Monday, October 31, 2011

Monday, September 26, 2011

Running Shorts

Recently after running I stopped by to pick Lily up for the day in my running shorts.  She looks at me, slaps me on the rear, and says quite smartly,

"Isn't that a little short for a 65 year old woman?"

Only funny if you know I am only 54 years young, lol. Of course, she still thinks of me as her older sister.

Saturday, September 17, 2011

possible link between Alzheimers and Cold Sores

 I have wondered about this connection for sometime now.  I have also wondered if there is any connection with Shingles.  I do know Lily had occasional cold sores.  Never shingles as far as I know.