Moonpig, Mother and me during lockdown

It’s five months since Mother got sucked into a demented game of ping pong between us, hospital and her nursing home. Four falls, four visits. Still fighting. In that time, she’s fractured her hip, caught Covid and won the Cheeriest Personality of the Year at the local gerontology department’s Christmas awards after charming them duringContinue reading “Moonpig, Mother and me during lockdown”

Mother may have dementia says the consultant

Mother is back home after ten days in the hospital. She is the centre of a lot of attention and not just from us, her family. She’s on the care list of the NHS integrated community response service team, which includes a nurse, a physiotherapist, an occupational therapist, a social care assistant, a social workerContinue reading “Mother may have dementia says the consultant”

The mystery of the Colman’s mustard tin

‘Mrs. Johnson. Dr Smith will see you now.’ I am in the queue at the family clinic waiting to help Mother show the doctor her right leg which has turned blue like an uncooked lobster and ballooned up again.  ‘Mrs. Johnson?’ The doctor’s surgery makes me anxious. The people in it are ill or withering away.Continue reading “The mystery of the Colman’s mustard tin”

Walking boots, sweaty socks and scary phonecalls

I take off my walking boots and sweaty socks in the porch of the cottage and hobble bare foot to the kitchen mantel piece, where my mobile phone is charging below a map of the Brecon Beacons.  The family and I have been out walking along the River Usk for over four hours and weContinue reading “Walking boots, sweaty socks and scary phonecalls”

A cure for baldness may be down to mice follicles

Donald Trump will be saved from a comb over, perhaps Scientists have successfully grown patches of human hair on mice. The Times says this is a big step towards a cure for baldness and will allow scientists to generate ‘a limitless supply of hair follicles’. I don’t think it’s fair to treat mice as unpaidContinue reading “A cure for baldness may be down to mice follicles”