My posts are going to be sporadic for a while, as I am dealing with multiple emergencies. These folks are in bad shape. One is in a nursing home and the other is in the hospital. It is clear neither will be able to live independently again. I’ve been trying to keep a handle on their bills. Their apartment has to be cleaned out. And I think I might have some difficulty establishing myself as guardian for them. Somebody who is never around took them a couple of years ago to get power of attorney and wills. I found out why so many old people get scammed. Because you can make them sign anything.
I have to explain terrible, heart-wrenching things in a language that no longer comes to my tongue. Because one will be leaving the other soon. Because they will never again share a home or a bed.
At the nursing home and at the hospital, they keep asking me where is the rest of the family. They all know my name. They’ve all heard about me. They ask Isn’t there anybody else?