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Ago

on October 8, 2015

‘Ago’ is a word I have never thought about until this afternoon. Now, I miss ago.

Lately, I haven’t been able to find the right words to describe Anthony’s condition as it ebbs away. A few days ago, he was so incredibly, cheekily, the Ants from many years ago; the next day he was like someone comatosed; today, as I left, he asked me to get four pieces of steak for tea.

Physically, he and I both cope well. After all, at the moment, Ants has very little physical pain, and me being a young girl (ha!) of 56, driving from farm to town to see him is not a big deal.

One of the many lovely staff at the nursing home sent me this picture of Ants during an animal visit activity. Thank you so much Chloe!

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This has inspired me to take Blaze (mini-dachshund) in to see Ants tomorrow again. Blaze (son of Inky 2 and Doc 4) will remind us of once ago.

Long
ago.


20 responses to “Ago

  1. ksbeth says:

    yes, once ago. bittersweet.

  2. shoreacres says:

    I came across this article recently, and thought of you. It reminds me of so many issues you’ve talked about, and also presents some interesting insights into the role of care-giving.

  3. Great picture Jules! Hugs xxoo

  4. I have seen people who are in Geri-chairsand not able to feed themselves reach out to pet a visiting pet or to touch and hold a baby. Thank God for pet therapy and visiting daycares, babies. Nice to see this smile on Anthony’s face, too. And thank God for people like Chloe.I just finished a book by Lisa Genova called “Inside the O’Briens”about a family coping with Huntingtons disease. She also wrote the book “Still Alice.” It shows me that there is a nee for fiction or non-fiction books about people coping with disease. So keep on with your book about Anthony and your family, Julie.

  5. Tiny says:

    It’s a peculiar word, indeed. It evokes memories, often good ones…and I’m sure Blaze will happily do the same.

  6. Your posts are inspiring Julie. I am sure you are helping many in similiar situations, and giving them strength to know they are not alone on this journey. šŸ™‚

  7. tootlepedal says:

    There is no ha! in being young at 56. That is young believe me.

  8. So sweet. I’ll bet Ants really loved the animals.

  9. OMG…is that a pig. I love that they bring pigs!!!!!

  10. Look how happy Ants is in the photo – I love it! ā¤
    Diana xo

  11. Sweet photo with the dog. So poignant.

  12. Terry says:

    What a lovely photo. That was so nice of the staff to produce that to you. When Ants isn’t looking, those are the best shots of all. Hugs

  13. artfulanxiety says:

    Animals can be wonderfully healing. Great idea, I’m sure he’ll love it šŸ™‚

  14. not so long ago i was working and able to go where i wanted and do what i wanted. it was nothing to run in to town or off to another state for a vacation. now i rarely drive myself and it’s a big deal to go get my hair washed. i know that my family and friends are going through the same thing you are. they must think of how i was not so long ago. thank you for sharing your side of this. it helps me tremendously.

    sending you big hugs and love to you and your boys:)

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