Two people in a household with a neurological brain disorder…  I witnessed much.   I realized we have to look again how  we deal with old age and illness. More importantly – we must stop the cruel practice of isolation.

So many days without writing. I have not had a minute.  Cecilia has not been  here for days.  She is a young nurse who helps me mornings.   Her cold would not quit.  This  was  hard on us.  Hard on her too. She needs money badly.  Her  two young children – in Dominican Republic –  depend on her  pathetic sum of money.   And her  Catalan husband has no work.  Just like the sixty percent unemployed young adults  in Spain.

I wondered  if  Cecilia will be able to buy food.  Tormenting thoughts were going around in my head.  Should I allow her to come and work here wearing a mask?   No, it would have been too risky for Shelly.  If he catches a cold it can easily become  pneumonia.  A disaster for him.  Four years ago he had pneumonia and spent six weeks in intensive care. Miraculously he recovered but has not been able to walk again.

This morning Cecilia was back .  Totally fine.  How happy we all were to see each other.  What a relief.

Tip of the day 

Sorry will have to tell you tomorrow.   It is almost 4 am.  Thank you all.  Anna        For future blogs   www.homecarediary.net    Please feel free to pass it on…


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18 Responses to Cecilia

  1. Thank you for your sharing of your world, Anna, for connecting to many others who know well what home care is about and those who have no clue. I’m delighted to hear marshmallow root has improved Shelly’s clear airways! Hurrah for the gifts of the plant kingdom and learning to use them. I’m glad for Maria Vera´s return to health and her work of supporting you both, and in turn how you support her and her children. What a circle we are, interconnected and in community! Blessings to you all as you are present to each moment, stretch and grow through your experiences. I will hold you in my heart from across the globe in Oregon where I care for elders in their homes as their nurse. I care for the dogs and cats too and learn and grow with all they(people and pets!) have to teach me.
    Debra in Oregon, USA

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