While I was intently focused on my Green House posts last week, Inside Aging Parent Care posted a terrific review of Be TheNoodle by Lois Kelly.
What I love about this book is the noodle support metaphor. When the summer waters are rough in my beloved St. Lawrence River, a noodle is just the ticket for extra support on a hot day when one of us — not just aging parents — wants to stay in the water for a long time. A noodle is strong and secure, and it keeps a person from tiring or sinking, functioning just like a caregiver does when a family member is seriously ill.
I have yet to read Kelly’s entire book — I picked it up at a friend’s house — but the hospice experience described in the book is similar to our experience during the last months of end of my mother-in-law’s life. Suffice it to say, hospice was amazing, and so it this book.
Thanks for the review of our review, Marti. I have been loving reading your Green House posts. Also thanks for alerting us to the Seattle Times investigation. Everyone’s worst nightmare come to life.
Keep up the great work. We’ll be interested in learning more as the Green House project goes forward. Just spoke with friends in Virginia who are hoping to get by there and see for themselves in the reasonably near future.
Inside Aging Parent Care