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Tales of Yuletide woe

Christmas has been cancelled at Dad's care home, because of an outbreak of norovirus disease. I was going to go round there Christmas Day, but I've only just recovered from the flu' (except for a cough and a runny nose), so I don't know if I still should...

Joost has become completely paralysed and has lost the ability to speak. Remarkably, he still clings on to life, but quite honestly he's not expected to last much longer...His wife told me he could go at any moment, and she's afraid of leaving the house for even the slightest errand. His daughter, who is 7, is throwing tantrums because the situation frightens her so. My heart goes out to them this Christmas, but there's very little I can do, and I think they need to experience these final days as a family without interruptions or intrusions. I'm glad though that not too long ago, I got to spend a day with Joost, and we walked, and talked, and said goodbye.

Which is not to say I won't be heartbroken when he goes -- but at least I can remember him, standing tall in the sunlight, smiling, and accepting of his lot without the slightest hint of anger or self-pity. I will always be grateful for having had his friendship for so long.

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nwhepcat
Dec. 24th, 2008 08:06 pm (UTC)
Norovirus -- the gift that keeps on giving. So sorry that this has put a crimp in your dad's plans and yours -- I hope he escapes the bug!

Poor Joost and his family. These are the times when the holidays are hard.

::hugs::
gamiila
Dec. 26th, 2008 12:28 pm (UTC)
I managed to slip past surveillance -- nobody's allowed to enter the building except for essential staff, so I guess it's quite serious. Dad was alright though, apart from having lost weight (4 lbs in the last week, he said).
deborahw37
Dec. 24th, 2008 08:44 pm (UTC)
((hugs))
gamiila
Dec. 26th, 2008 12:25 pm (UTC)
Thanks.
suze2000
Dec. 25th, 2008 07:53 am (UTC)
How awful on both accounts. I hope at least your father is well through it all. I would probably risk a visit myself, but not touch anything at all, including him.

I guess from what you are saying that it can't be too much longer for Joost, but selfishly I hope he makes it well beyond Xmas so as not to ruin it for the rest of his family's lives.

gamiila
Dec. 26th, 2008 12:33 pm (UTC)
Dad is fine. Mum, when she went to visit, was turned away from the door, so forewarned, I slipped past reception while the receptionist was otherwise engaged. Dad was fine, though he had lost weight; but it was kind of spooky to see all communal areas cordoned off and deserted because everyone's confined to their rooms.

As for joost - well, he's still hanging in there. He truly is a miracle man.
married_n_mich
Dec. 26th, 2008 03:20 am (UTC)
** Hugs **
gamiila
Dec. 26th, 2008 12:25 pm (UTC)
Thanks.
vegmb
Dec. 29th, 2008 08:42 pm (UTC)
[hugs] Thinking of you.
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