Tag Archives: Dementia

Holy Shut-Ins

“And you’re a man of the cloth!?” says Dad needling the visiting St Stephen’s minister. Poking Dad back, he mentions old rumours he’s heard of Dad drinking whiskey with another man of the clergy. “That was the priest’s fault,” says … Continue reading

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Comfort Care

“I’m in trouble,” yells out Dad in the night. “You hit the ceiling,” he says as I climb back into the cot beside him in the Palliative Care Unit. “I nearly followed you,” he says. “You should have seen her … Continue reading

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Wednesday “Happy birthday to me,” sings Dad, a cardboard makeshift bowl of cake and ice cream in hand as he sits lopsided, battered and bruised in the emergency room. Dad fell. Though not the first time, it’s the worst so … Continue reading

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Cheers!

Dad and I share a bottle of wine. He lifts his glass. ‘Here’s to love, life and laughter. I’ll be true as long as you, but not a moment after.’ I laugh, lift my glass and alter a toast I’ve long since learned … Continue reading

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My Rainbow in the Clouds

‘I love the video you posted on Facebook of that black woman,’ says Mum. Not sure which video she’s referring to, Mum pulls out her iPad, then and there, wanting to watch it again, this time with me. As the … Continue reading

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My Shadow and Me

‘I’m afraid your father isn’t a fit for the program,’ says the coordinator. Recently I’ve had doubts about whether Dad would be happier in a place with more people his age to interact with, rather than living at home with … Continue reading

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WHAT!!? SCORPIONS AT THE FARM!!? (By the Oatmeal Savage)

(My longest and closest ally in the care of my father these past years writes his final blog post before moving on to new adventures. Thank you for everything Nicol Drysdale. I would have lost my mind without you.) ‘TONY!!! … Continue reading

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