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THREE Words

What a joy it is for me to hear my father say, “thank you Rina.”

It’s affirmation that he still recognizes my voice.

 

Touch and sound of one’s voice keeps him company.

Barry Manilow’s music is playing as he sways gently tapping his hand on mine.

 

A gentle massage on his forehead and scratching his back bring him comfort.

Dialysis makes his skin itch.

 

He sits on his wheelchair facing the sun and the glorious morning view outside.

Unfortunately, his eyes remain shut.

 

I remind him that it’s Sunday morning and he is home.

Knowing that he is home brings him a sense of familiarity and safety.

 

Barry Manilow’s repertoire comes to an end.

It’s time for me to say goodbye.

 

“Gotta go dad, I’ll be back soon.”

“Thank you, Rina.”

 

Three words I will carry with me until my next visit to him.

Comments 3

 
Stephen Evans on Tuesday, 15 March 2022 00:51

Lovely.

Lovely.
Rosy Cole on Tuesday, 15 March 2022 16:56

I feel you have the balance exactly right. It's natural for carers to fall into overloading the emotional side of caring by trying to anticipate every little need. Often the cared for appreciate space to meditate and reflect on the journey, particularly as the end draws closer. God bless you and give both of you peace. xx

I feel you have the balance exactly right. It's natural for carers to fall into overloading the emotional side of caring by trying to anticipate every little need. Often the cared for appreciate space to meditate and reflect on the journey, particularly as the end draws closer. God bless you and give both of you peace. xx
Virginia M Macasaet on Tuesday, 15 March 2022 23:15

Thank you Rosy for your kind words of encouragement. You are quite accurate in saying.. "the cared for appreciate space"... my father appreciates the gentle touches but gets annoyed when it's over done ! :-)

Thank you Rosy for your kind words of encouragement. You are quite accurate in saying.. "the cared for appreciate space"... my father appreciates the gentle touches but gets annoyed when it's over done ! :-)
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