Made it to the big 5-0 and a bit beyond, so guess the world didn’t end 😀
The family threw me a lovely bday picnic in the parents’ backyard, it was such a treat to have so many of my sisters and even my brother Taft there. He came down from Montana, it was a total surprise!
The following day, Dad went into home hospice care. It’s been tremendously difficult to watch such a vibrant, energetic and driven man slow down to a crawl, and not even that much some days. It’s equally difficult watching Mom deal with it, little things like not giving him daily vitamins anymore are so hard on her. The reality of ‘maintain’ rather than ‘get better’ or even ‘prolong’ is setting in. Over the past few months his mind has actually become sharper due to the atypical Parkinson’s diagnosis and dealing with it rather than the previous assumption that he had Alzheimer’s. When I visited a few days ago he asked about my long-term boyfriend, about working at home for a corporate agency, how my kids were doing… one of the most cohesive conversations we’ve had for a while. Yet, he struggled to catch his breath sometimes and occasionally had to search for a word.