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I have ceased writing weekly columns for The Wellington Advertiser. Columns used to appear on this web page the week following publication. Now watch for further published material and 'blog' type comments. Send your thoughts to the e-mail address that appears near the bottom of the page.
May 12, 2017

Anna's health remains about the same, very little has changed since last year. I visit her every day, arriving about noon and staying with her for the evening meal. This keeps me busy, accounting for my limited writing output in the last three years.

Last June I travelled to Alberta to spend time with Ken and Star, and with Linda. I thought it would upset Anna, but when I returned after 13 days, she didn't seem to realize I had been away.

January 06, 2016

Once again I have let this slip for a year! Anna is still in Wellington Terrace. Her illness has progressed. Unable to walk, she spends her time in a wheelchair. She can no longer carry on a conversation, but usually recognizes me. Yes, it is very difficult.

David, Brian, and Alan joined us at Wellington Terrace for a Christmas celebration on Boxing Day. I joked afterward that we had a special time because the Three Wise Men showed up. Okay, there were more that three because Cheryl, Joan, Karen, Angeline, James, and Peter and Wendy.

David, now almost recovered from his accident, is studying for a Master of Theological Studies degree at Huron University College.

January 17, 2015

Well, another year and I have not kept this blog up to date.

Anna now resides at Wellington Terrace, a Long-term Care Facility in Fergus. You can read about this marvelous place here.

Although I visit Anna daily, life is difficult being apart from each other. I wrote a column on the effects of Alzheimer's on the caregiver for Faith Today magazine. See it here.

I followed it with an piece on the Faith Today blog. You can see that here.

David is slowly healing from the effects of his head injury. It will take some time for him to regain full health--some doctors have suggested one to five years.

Linda has taken a position on the pastoral staff at a Christian and Missionary Alliance Church in Stony Plain, Alberta. You can visit their website here.

August 20, 2014

It shocks me that I havent put anything on here since January. But then lots of things have happened to keep me busy. Anna and I are hanging in there about the same, but the big news involves David and Cheryl. Just a week or two before coming home from Bangladesh, David had a major accident with an ATV. He suffered a hairline skull fracture and concussion. It happened on the hospital grounds so doctors got to him immediately. They flew him home to recover in his own place in London. However, the recovery process is slow.

January 7, 2014

Oops! Did you catch the error on the January 1 entry? I had indicated my age as four score and ten. No way! I'm just four score.

January 4, 2014

On January 1, as I typed the entry for that day, my eyesight suddenly became fuzzy, my fingers could not remember the keys on the keyboard, and logic left me. I tried to type, but after a few minuets of extreme frustration I managed to get two sentences finished. Able to stand and walk, I moved to the living room and sat down. Within a half hour, my sight cleared up and I returned to the computer and read the lines I had written---they didn't make any sense. I fixed them and completed the few paragraphs without any trouble and later in the evening wrote to family members describing my strange experience.

The following morning Brian and Linda both responded telling me to get to the doctor, NOW! I phoned the doctor and got another blunt command: Go straight to Emerge at Groves hospital.

The diagnosis: A TIA likely caused by a partial blockage of the left carotid artery. I must now report for more tests at Groves and Guelph General Hospitals with surgery an eventual possibility. See Transient ischemic attack


January 1, 2014

I find it hard to believe we have reached 1014. I grew up thinking that with luck, I'd reach the age of three score and ten years, but now I have soared past four score!

Anna's health has taken another bad turn. In addition to probable Alzheimer's and atrial fibrillation, the doctor has diagnosed congestive heart failure. See: Heart Failure

She was having serious coughing spasms, occurrring most ofen after getting into bed. The doctor prescribed a diuretic to lower the fluid level around the lungs. It seems to be helping.

We have bought a new car--a red 2013 Fiat 500. I waited until I had passed my after-eighty driver's test, got the go-ahead from my eyedoctor, and made sure I could afford it. I have never driven a more complecated car--buttons and lights all over the place. It's peppy--but then it should be--its big brother is a Ferrari. See: 2013 FIAT


October 11/13

I should have written on this page long ago, but busyness along with other things has kept me away. I'll start off with a few personal details.

Six or seven years ago doctors diagnosed Anna with probable Alzheimer's. Regardless of what you call it, Anna's memory has continued to deteriorate. She now has short-term memory of less than five minutes and frequently has difficulty determining who I am. She will ask, "Where is Ray? Are you Ray? Are we married? Do we live here?"

We have help through the CCAC. A PSW comes in twice weekly--on Monday for three hours, and on Friday for six hours. Anna attends a 'day-out program' for a half day one day each week. This gives me opportunity to 'escape'. In addition we can call on a rapid-response nurse, a psychologist, and other professionals.

David and Cheryl had acted as our 'power-of-attorney' for health and finances until they accepted the call to teach for one year in Bangladesh. Alan and Karen have now assumed that responsibility. Not that we need them often--but they are there in an emergency.



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