Friday, October 20, 2006

How Long?

The air is laden with the heavy smell of fallen leaves after a rainstorm. Autumn is a good time to die, but Bea shows no sign of passing on.

When hospice care began, I asked how long a patient usually lasts. The answer was a month and a half. Bea has been bedridden for six months now.

A stranger calls to reserve a room at the bed & breakfast. Susan spent two hours savoring this blog, a familiar story since she cared for her own parents: “It is so good to have the information out there on the Internet!” our future guest exclaims. “Ten years is a long time to care for one’s parents!”

Indeed ...

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