Trish Hughes Kreis

Trish Hughes Kreis Robert is my youngest brother and I handle his care. I also have a supportive family (husband and three kids) and a "day job" as a legal administrator for a wonderful law firm (no, that is not an oxymoron). I do some freelance writing as well. Aside from advocating for the best care possible for Robert, I enjoy playing cards with him and listening to his silly jokes. (Robert’s greatest joy seems to be beating me at cards which he does most of the time).

Web Site: http://www.robertssister.com/


March Interview with Denise Brown

Mar 24, 2015
March Interview with Denise Brown

In the March interview with Denise Brown of CareGiving.com, we talked about the stress of a working caregiver. I realized during our conversation there is a baseline of normal for my stress level and then there is a line that when I cross it, know I am under too much stress.

I feel it...

When Seizures Come by the Dozens

Mar 21, 2015
When Seizures Come by the Dozens

The unexpected nature of seizures is scary enough.  Will one strike while Robert is eating? When he is standing? When he is transferring from his walker to the wheelchair?


Robert’s seizures are the Complex Partial type.  He loses awareness, his head turns to the right and generally, there is labored breathing. 


They last...

Book Review: I Feel So Unnecessary, Adventures in Caregiving From a Granddaughter’s Perspective by Lisa DuVal

Mar 15, 2015
Book Review: I Feel So Unnecessary, Adventures in Caregiving From a Granddaughter’s Perspective by Lisa DuVal

I have been looking forward to reading I Feel So Unnecessary, Adventures in Caregiving From a Granddaughter’s Perspective for quite some time.  Lisa DuVal is a fellow caregiver and blogger and has a sense of humor that can always bring a smile to my face.
48 Pages
A Caregiver's Story

Lisa offered...

Guest Post: Laura Caldicott, A Family’s Story

Feb 10, 2015
Guest Post: Laura Caldicott, A Family’s Story

The first annual International Epilepsy Awareness Day was yesterday but here at RobertsSister.com we are going to continue spreading awareness and education about epilepsy whether it is an official day, week or month. 

Mainly because we love purple!  (I kid – but I do love purple.)

I am pleased to bring...

Guest Post: Laura Caldicott, A Family’s Story

Feb 10, 2015
Guest Post: Laura Caldicott, A Family’s Story

The first annual International Epilepsy Awareness Day was yesterday but here at RobertsSister.com we are going to continue spreading awareness and education about epilepsy whether it is an official day, week or month. 

Mainly because we love purple!  (I kid – but I do love purple.)

I am pleased to bring...

The Magic of Excellent: A Short Film

Feb 9, 2015
The Magic of Excellent: A Short Film

Today is the first ever International Epilepsy Day, created by The International Bureau for Epilepsy (IBE)and The International League Against Epilepsy (ILAE)(Going forward, the official International Epilepsy Day will be the second Monday of every February.)

Robert is participating in the awareness initiative of the Epilepsy...

The Not So Super Super Bowl

Feb 1, 2015
The Not So Super Super Bowl

Robert’s neurologist convinced me to increase his Trileptal in order to stop the seizure clusters.  He is now at the same dose he was last year when I had to make the difficult decision to pull him off of it.
My nachos were good but didn't
look anything like this

Yes,...

Monthly Interview with Denise Brown

Jan 11, 2015
Monthly Interview with Denise Brown

It is hard for me to believe my first interview with Denise Brown of CareGiving.com was in February 2011. Since that time, I have periodically joined Denise on her Blog Talk Radio program to discuss caring for Robert and other caregiving issues and have been a monthly guest for some time now, discussing...

Foiled by a Fingertip

Jan 4, 2015
Foiled by a Fingertip

I know my tiny broken fingertip is nothing compared to OPPs (Other Peoples Problems). 
At least I got to choose a color!

However, as I've said many times before: there is no competition in caregiving. This isn't a contest of who has it worse (or better).

On the other hand,...

The Calendars are Here! The Calendars are Here!

Dec 19, 2014
The Calendars are Here! The Calendars are Here!

After pairing the artwork of Pegi Foulkrod and the Words of Comfort by Denise M. Brown in a 2015 calendar and pushing the “purchase” button, I started to panic.

The picture doesn't clearly show the words but
they show up on the calendar. August words:
"Believe in yourself - others...

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