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Life Among the Stones – Sandy (Chapter 14)

Posted on January 23, 2019

The test findings confirmed their fears – Alberta Alexander’s disease was worsening faster than expected.  Her worry that it would lead to a long and protracted decline that would become a heavy burden for her caregivers seemed to be somewhat assuaged. Elizabeth Fairborough, now understanding that Robin and Jennifer were following their mother along a different route for care, thought they should be the ones to inform their mother of the rapid advancement of the disease.  Fairborough prescribed some medication to help with the worst of it, but other than that, she could only watch as her old friend and confidante of many years moved quickly into the realm of the unknown.  Her children and her doctor could only be companions on the journey now, no longer…

Life Among the Stones – Alberta’s Wish (Chapter 13)

Posted on January 21, 2019

The older woman faced them directly. “There can often be milestones along the way, occasions when the caregivers, and sometimes the patient, can spot that they are entering a new stage.  Perhaps that’s what Edinburgh was all about.  You say she hasn’t been the same?” Elizabeth Fairborough’s queries were professionally delivered, but behind the words was a shared sense of sadness between the doctor, Robin, and Jennifer.  Alberta was down the hall, undergoing a series of tests. With her in good and capable hands, the three had used the opportunity to have an intimate chat in Fairborough’s office. “No, something’s different. She still gets around the house with no real problems, but she more frequently fades off into another world – sometimes right in front of us.  Her eyes light…

Life Among the Stones – Stages of Decline (Chapter 8)

Posted on January 13, 2019

It was a premonition that proved true.  She came to learn this as she sat in Elizabeth Fairborough’s office a week following the Trout Point incident.  Alberta had undergone a series of tests at her physician’s request, and now looked at her friend as she delivered the results. “For a woman of 81, you are in remarkably good health, Bertie, but the brain is another matter. Alzheimer’s is a progressive disease. Over a period of many years, symptoms will slowly become more severe, and a person’s overall condition will worsen. Each person experiences a different progression of symptoms over a different stretch of time, though many will experience slow-moving Alzheimer’s that takes years to progress. For some, it may seem that symptoms are progressing rapidly, and that’s…

We Are The Path

Posted on December 26, 2014

When I get older losing my hair Many years from now. Will you still be sending me a valentine Birthday greetings, bottle of wine? Will you still need me. Will you still feed me. When I’m sixty-four? I’VE KNOW THIS SONG BY THE BEATLES?since I was young and it’s finally coming to pass. That’s me – 64 years-old today. “There are two great days in a person’s life,” says William Barclay, “the day we are born and the day we discover why.” I am fortunate enough to know both answers: December 26, 1950, and to seek to make the world better for others. From the time I was 20, I think my basic philosophy of life was set and I knew the goals I…

  

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