How to Build a Better Mousetrap

Recollections and Reflections of a Family Caregiver

by Abbie Johnson Taylor



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 12/5/2011

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 88
ISBN : 9781462067947
Format : E-Book
Dimensions : N/A
Page Count : 88
ISBN : 9781462067954

About the Book

In January of 2006, Abbie Johnson Taylor’s husband suffered a stroke that left him paralyzed on his left side. After months of therapy in a nursing facility, he returned home in September of that year. Although he still had little use of his left arm and leg, it was hoped that through outpatient therapy, he would eventually walk again. In January of 2007, he suffered a second stroke that wasn’t as severe, but it was enough to impact his recovery. In August of that year, his therapy was discontinued because he showed no progress. He has never walked since.

The first five poems tell the story of how Taylor found her husband when he suffered his first stroke, detail events in the first few months afterward, and describe Taylor and her husband’s reactions. The rest of the poems in the first part were inspired by Taylor’s experiences while caring for her husband. Covering such topics as dressing, feeding, toileting, their relationship, and his computer, they often provide a humorous outlook. Some poems are from the husband’s point of view. Poems in the next two parts cover childhood memories and other topics. The last section of poems was inspired by Taylor’s fifteen years of experience as a registered music therapist in a nursing home before marrying her husband.

About the Author

Abbie Johnson Taylor’s novel, We Shall Overcome, was published in July of 2007 by iUniverse. Her poetry has appeared in Voicings from the High Country and Serendipity Poets Journal, her fiction in Emerging Voices and Disability Studies Quarterly, her creative nonfiction in SageScript and Christmas in the Country. She is visually impaired and lives in Sheridan, Wyoming, with her totally blind husband Bill, partially paralyzed as a result of two strokes. Please visit her website at