Waking up to the dependency and the tremendous responsibility of a mentally ill elder can force you to make a choice as to whose life you are going to save.
At about 8:30 one morning I received a frantic call from my mother, “I am paralyzed, I am all alone here. I can’t get out of bed even to go to the bathroom. Help me!”
In this story, Enid Ikeda powerfully describes her experience of confronting her mother with the need to go into assisted living. Afterward, except for brief accounts, I rarely talked of the trip and what it had meant to me. It seemed too close to the bone to express adequately. Even in my thoughts, I tended […]