Saturday, July 28, 2007

A five year old, in pain, scared, weak, afraid ...

Can't swallow well, can barely do more than sleep 20 hours a day, surrounded by monsters and in terrible pain, no siblings or parents who can help.

Feeling they've failed everyone, even their children. Children?! An old man in his 70s (which could just as easily have been a young man in his 70s), with dementia and paranoia, Parkinson's disease having stolen much from him until he is a five year old with an old man's memories and an old man's body, confused, in pain, and in fear.

I sat with him today for a while until he could go back to sleep.

5 comments:

Barb said...

It is so good he was not alone and could have a comforting visitor.

Stephen said...

I could do nothing else, he is my father.

Barb said...

I'm sorry that your dad was in such a state. My grandpa had dementia, but never anything like this. It is hardest when it is family.

Stephen said...

Barb, your comments are always welcome.

Barb said...

Thanks, Stephen. I know that I can seem different at times. And knowing that makes me worry that I have worn out my welcome. I really appreciate that you let me know it is okay for me to post here. I will really try not to say anything too out there. :)