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  • Last night my 79 year old father-in-law, who has been having regular strokes and is suffering from dementia, began seizing. His seizure, perhaps another mini-stroke, left him unable to walk. There was nothing to do except give him his medicine and make him comfortable for the night.

    Next morning he could walk very slowly with assistance, although his left arm and hand was weak and only about half way functional. We took him to the emergency room. Sadly, there was nothing to do for him and they sent us home.

    Sometimes people are just broken and you cannot fix them. This makes me sad and frustrated for Grandpa Jose, who is alive, but is swimming in a sea of dementia. It is painful to watch, yet the family is all coming together to give him love and support.

    When we arrived back home from the hospital Grandpa was unbalanced and struggling to walk, so my husband, Luis, held his hand and helped him in. It was touching to see them this way. A son loving his father. A father needing his son.

    Life is funny. We start out as children and we end up as children. It begs the question - what is life without family? In the end it is all we have.
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