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rina-macasaet's picture
Mar.22.2013
The week has come to an end and dad is home. I brought lunch from the Thai Restaurant nearby. He liked it!   But he was tired. It was a quick meal and off he went to his bedroom. I felt unsettled. His sense of humor was missing today.   It takes a total of four and a half hours for every...
rina-macasaet's picture
Mar.21.2013
They all look the same to me. The nurse arrived with her little cup of medication and the inquiry began. Scrutinizing each pill under the microscope of his hands the nurse patiently explained what for. Satisfied, he tossed them all into his mouth in one go.   Today was a good day to visit. Dad...
rina-macasaet's picture
Mar.20.2013
I visited dad today. “Nakakainip”.  Meaning tedious or boring in English. MWF.  Three times a week for life, nothing less, days spread out evenly. Short 3-day trips are fine but anything longer will require a dialysis center available at the destination. Now I understand why he’s cranky...
rina-macasaet's picture
Mar.19.2013
My father began dialysis today. The procedure takes three hours. Fifteen minutes to go and he wants to stop. I don’t understand.   I try to reason out by explaining that with a few minutes left it’s best to just finish the process. But he’s uptight, cranky and being very difficult. He’s aware...
rina-macasaet's picture
Feb.11.2013
Just a few days to go before he turns 87, my father decides to call of his dinner celebration. He grumbles, “I’m not feeling well.” It’s long overdue, finally and inevitably he has to undergo a dialysis. It’s not the dialysis that’s worrying him but the whirling thoughts in his head that scare him...
robert-earle's picture
Feb.01.2013
I'm sometimes asked about my favorite writers and answer citing too many to make much of an impression--either about my taste or the writers themselves.  One writer who always makes my lists, however, is  Alice Munro. If that sparks any interest, and I'm asked what I like about her, I...
robert-earle's picture
Dec.10.2012
Out Stealing Horses by Per Petterson is a fine novel that mixes old age with bildungsroman.  The protagonist, Trond, speaks in two time zones: in one chapter he offers an account of the austere life he is building for himself in the Norwegian countryside as an old man; in the next chapter he...
robert-sward's picture
Nov.27.2012
Ram Dass says, "Old age is about harvesting what one's life's work has been." Now in my 70s, I don't feel especially old, but my life's work has been and continues to be, poetry, and, fifty years after my first publication, this is harvest time. New & Selected Poems off to a good start with...
rina-macasaet's picture
Nov.14.2012
Dad sometimes hums while having a meal.  I think it’s a good sign that he is enjoying his food. He also lets out a high-pitched harmony while in the shower.  That must be a good sign too because it’s an effort to get him to shower. Dad is actually quite good at amusing himself.  I...
rina-macasaet's picture
Nov.09.2012
It’s a chilly November in San Francisco, ten days to spend with dad on holiday.  The kitchen counter is stacked with chocolates, croissants, scones, cheese, truffle oil, fruit and a variety of pickles and preserves. It’s nice to see dad feasting with delight but he sleeps a lot.  I think...