Issue 46 – Making Plans

It had been over a month since Charlie and Hazel moved into their new home, and they were settling in nicely. As the move occurred immediately after Hazel’s fall, there had been some confusion amongst family and friends over whether or not the decision to move was medically necessary. Both Charlie and Hazel had spent…

Issue 45 – Discouragement

Charlie had barely come inside the suite when he was met with angry muttering coming from Hazel in the bedroom. At first, he wasn’t sure is she was complaining about something he did or didn’t do, and was a little hesitant to approach at first. That was until he heard the name “Florence” and knew…

Issue 44 – Terminology

Charlie had just finished having his teeth cleaned and was waiting for the dentist to come in and give him the thumbs up. He never understood why, but he still got anxious in the dentist’s chair, even though his dentist was one of the nicest people he knew. “Well hello there, Mr. Stewart!” Dr. Wong’s…

Issue 43 -Preconceptions

“Brrrrriiiiiiiiiinnnnnnng!” The ringing of the phone awoke Hazel from her nap, startling her at first. She wondered why Charlie had not answered, but then remembered that he was out this afternoon at a dentist appointment. She sat up in bed, which was getting a little easier for her to do now that her ribs were…

Issue 42 – Orientation

Hazel felt a bit better after her rest and Charlie had ensured she took her medications before heading downstairs to the Manager’s office for orientation. Debra, the Community Manager, introduced them to the Resident’s Handbook and told them about the various services onsite and how to access those provided offsite. She also went through the…

Issue 41 – Just Like Home

“Watch your step!,” Charlie warned Hazel, who was trying her best to make her way out of the vehicle despite the pain she was in and the frozen ground beneath her. “There you are love, you’re doing great!” Charlie nervously supported Hazel the way the therapist had shown them in the hospital as she made…

Issue 40 – A New Year

“Did you have a good Christmas John?” John’s coworker, David, gave a cheerful greeting as John made his way past the maze of cubicles to his office. “It was fabulous David…we had a really wonderful time.” John set his briefcase down beside his desk and invited David in to take a seat. There was a…

Issue 39 – Home For Christmas

“I’m glad they are in no rush now to move mom,” Catherine said as she took a seat in the hospital cafeteria at a table with her brothers. John nodded in agreement. “We’ve definitely bought some time to plan things a bit better now that they agreed to assess mom when she’s a bit more…

Issue 38 – Transitions

“How is everyone today?,” the Transitions Coordinator took out her notes smiled at everyone gathered in the room. “We’re all doing well,” James said on behalf of his father and siblings. James had arrived yesterday, and John felt better that both his siblings were here for this meeting. “As you know, I met with Hazel….

Issue 37 – What’s Next?

“Do you remember what happened mom?,” John asked, taking his mom’s hand as he sat beside her. “I was rushing around the house trying to get everything together for the movers,” Hazel sighed, “and I fell.” Hazel went to readjust herself but winced in pain. “Stop trying to move around mom, let us help you.”…

Issue 36 – Oopsie

“Can we go in and see her?” John had just arrived at the hospital after hopping the first flight he could out of Ottawa. He still had his coat on and was wheeling his suitcase behind him as he came into the waiting area. Catherine noticed his hair was tousled and his eyes were red….

Issue 35 – Not According To Plan

“The he truck is here mom!,” Catherine called from the front foyer. Hazel looked around the living room once more. She was certain that not everything was packed up, even though she could clearly see the tables and shelves were now bare and her cabinets were empty. “Just one moment Catherine, I need to do…