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  1. Same as it ever was

    Went to see Mom today, first time since hospital. She has her own room for the moment, but no phone service. She was sitting there in the dark doing nothing, as she has been this whole year, though she has always blamed this on feeling restricted by having a roommate.

    I got my copy of the hospital reports. She blames me for her suicidal feelings, saying I never visit; I do, of course, and the psychiatrist notes repeatedly that she is not oriented to time or place, and that she has ...
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  2. Seeking Contentment

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    We are very lucky and I have failed to mention Ian Maureen's other son who came up to be with Maureen on Monday to stay with his mum while I went to see mine. Then my three beautiful daughters. Lisa the eldest is in daily contact by text and sends lovely video clips of Mala and Amba. My other two daughters, 'Londonner's' now, Anna and Esme, looked after the 'old man' for a lovely week in Portugal earlier in the year. All busy but very supportive women. It would be really good if I could regain
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  3. Songbird Here On Monday

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    Great news our little Songbird is coming to visit with her dad on Monday. Hope she brings her guitar and we can have some live performances. We have been trying for weeks to get her to post one of Dollies (Parton) or Willie (Nelson) numbers on YouTube without success. She brought the house down last year with her rendition of the House of the Rising Sun at a local Folk Club.

    Suddenly there is a spark of interest in Christmas. How can we leave this little one (now 15) without a
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  4. A Grief Observed

    Quote Originally Posted by Grey Lad View Post
    When my first wife died of cancer at 29, nearly 40 years ago, a friend gave me the above book which I found helpful. I think I have lent it to someone as it is not in the bookcase at the moment. If I had come across it I am sure I would have encouraged Maureen to read it when we heard that her daughter had a short time to live a couple of years ago.

    Grief is even more difficult to deal with when you are recovering from stroke and have vascular dementia. Christmas is often a time
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  5. Walking On Water?

    Quote Originally Posted by Grey Lad View Post
    We have never had materialistic side approach Christmas and neither of us have the rituals of Christianity as a fundamental part of our lives. However, we are both taken by the words of the Archbishop of Canterbury this year who to para phrase suggests: 'giving people time not money'. We could quote him as the reason for what might seem an austere approach to the festivities this year but it is easier for us to hide behind health conditions in the household.

    Poor old Grey Lad is
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