I didn't have to travel a great distance to be incredibly grateful to be home. It's been a long couple of weeks. I learned about VA benefits, the Agent Orange registry, and the effects of moderate dementia. We (my sisters and I) had to make some heartbreaking but ultimately hopefully GOOD decisions regarding our parents. My husband has been incredibly generous and supportive as we dealt with the details.
I hope my regular blog readers will humor me over the next week or so while I begin to blog some of what I went through. But, before I forget . . . Dani, thank you for your package and the thoughtful little tin. Thank you SO MUCH to those of my close friends along the way who made room for me and my kids and provided meals (and birthday cake), beds, patience, advice, and some lighthearted fun and diversion.
I'm so grateful I've still got both parents even though their respective physical, mental and emotional needs are different. They're both able to communicate their wishes to us and I'm relieved about that. It would be quite difficult to make decisions not knowing what their wishes would be.
Everything is so different with me than it was two weeks ago.