Good morning or whatever part of the day it is for you. Today is Tuesday March 3, 2015. The temperature is 52.1°F and the humidity is 78% at 7:45 a.m. PST (-8 GMT). Weather Underground shows sustained wind at 1.4 with gusts of 4.5 mph. It’s clear and cool with no rain overnight. Our weather station shows a total of .67 inches since January 1 and .39 inches in March. It seems like about half of that hit my windshield as I as driving down to my friend’s yesterday. Weather Underground is predicting a 0% chance of precipitation and a high of 67 today.
I spent most of the day down at my friend Dora’s (not her real name) learning how and helping her and her stepsister care give her stepfather who is dying. They’ve taken him off all his medications except pain medications. My friend’s stepsister and another old friend were there also. Today, it will be just me and Dora. I won’t go into the details of caregiving as there are some things that should remain private—even anonymously—but I’m just fearful of hurting or doing damage to an old man in pain. And dignity? There’s no dignity in what’s going on. Only comfort. Just trying to make his last days pass by with as little suffering as possible.
Dora is also my maid of honor in our wedding set for March 21st. I told her that if things were too stressful, I have a 14-year-old niece who can walk down the aisle ahead of me (no one will care what she’s wearing) and my sister-in-law can sign as a witness. Or conversely, if her stepfather dies quickly and she’d rather not worry about her mother who is in the early stages of Alzheimer’s, bring her mother. Her choice. I’d love to have her, but I didn’t want to stress her out. Her family comes first. I will be forever grateful for all the things she has already done.
With just the two of us, and Dora’s mom, I can probably get a little more writing done.
Thanks for reading. Hope you and yours are all well and happy. Hope the day brings you good things.
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