Issue 2.43 – More Care Required

It had been two weeks since Hazel was admitted to the hospital. James had already flown into Edmonton to check on his mom and had flown back to Ontario again. He was able to see for himself that she had stabilized but that the stroke had left her very…different. John had also come to visit,…

Issue 2.42 – Different Now

“So what now? I’m still trying to decide if I should hop the next plane and come up there.” James was doing his best to process all the information Catherine had just relayed to him. It had been an exhausting ordeal. First, Catherine had called with the news that mom had had a major stroke…

Issue 2.41 – Code Blue

“Are you comfortable in the chair? I can move you into this bed here, or we can wait until you’re upstairs and I can move you then.” The porter was patient, friendly and warm. It was welcomed after the day Hazel and Catherine were having. “I’m ok where I am,” Hazel said. “In fact, because…

Issue 2.40 – Emergency Room

“It feels like we’ve been here all day,” Hazel grumbled staring out the window into the hospital parking lot. Catherine fidgeted with the strap of her purse and looked up at the clock. “We have been here all day mom. Maybe I should go talk to the emergency room nurse again.” Hazel just shook her…

Issue 2.39 – No Laughing Matter

It had been a very relaxing Christmas at Catherine’s house. Charlie enjoyed playing cribbage with his grandsons and sharing stories about courting Hazel back in the day. The boys were grateful for the history lessons, and appreciated getting to know a bit more about their grandparents.Hazel left the organizing, meal prep and hosting in Catherine’s…

Issue 2.38 – Merry Christmas

“I think that’s the last of it,” Charlie sighed, wiping some sweat from his brow. He had just finished his third trip down to the lobby to bring up the remaining items from his shopping trip. The cab’s trunk hood had barely closed leaving the mall and Charlie had to help the driver jigsaw all…

Issue 2. 37 – Sleepy

Weeks passed and the Manor’s outbreak status was finally lifted. Charlie was happy to be able to roam about again. Though he was grateful for his comfy armchair during the worst parts of his flu, he had not enjoyed sitting for so long each day. He was never one for watching a lot of television,…

Issue 2.36 – Outbreak

Catherine arrived at the doors of the Manor, and immediately noticed posters everywhere. ‘Due to a recent influenza outbreak, and for the safety and health of our residents, the Manor has been placed under outbreak precautions as per Public Health guidelines.’ “You’ve got to be kidding me!,” Catherine shouted out loud, exacerbated. She peeked in…

Issue 2.35 – Too Long

The roads weren’t the greatest. Still, Catherine decided to head out to Edmonton with her dad’s Kleenex and soup in tow, after being asked to by her mom the night before. Catherine wasn’t exactly sure why her mom had made such a big deal about it all. The store was literally a block and a…

Issue 2.34 – The Sniffles

“Do we have any more boxes of Kleenex?” Charlie sniffled as he rummaged through the hallway closet where Hazel stored the linens and household paper products. “I’m not sure. I went through two boxes last week and it’s not something I regularly stock up on.” Hazel coughed. Charlie harrumphed. His entire head felt swollen and…

Issue 2.33 – Cenotaph Ceremony

The bus arrived at the front door to take residents from the Manor to the cenotaph ceremony. There were only a few gathered, as it was frighteningly cold outside, and the ice had made the streets and sidewalks very slippery. Hazel had chosen to stay in. She wasn’t feeling the greatest and the weather was…

Issue 2.32 – Leisurely Solutions

It had been a rough few weeks at the Manor for both management and the residents, but with some effort and a bit of creativity, activities and classes were resuming thanks to various community volunteers and individuals stepping up to take on different roles. Natalia, who had led the pysanka workshop in the spring, approached…