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THAT WAS UNEXPECTED. Big week, big decisions, big day. Mother was crying happy (‘it’s better than him being home, because I can be with him for as long I want and know he’s being looked after.’). Brother was relieved there was an end in sight. It was – yet again a sparkling sunny day with dappled su...

COFFEE? YES PLEASE. MILK AND TWO SUGARS. The nursing home manager bundles off and returns with two standard instants. This is it. Time for the pitch.

“My 89-year-old father has been… confused since a couple of operations, and after a fall nearly four months ago has been basically bedridden. He had a...

UH OH. UNKNOWN NUMBER. I have to answer it because I’m on point for hospital contact. Oh. Mental Capacity Act guy. He’s going to interview my father this afternoon. He asks things and I answer him, trying to paint the most accurate picture of what I’ve seen and experienced with my father and the sit...

BUGGER THE BUS. Train. Change at a junction in the middle of nowhere and wait for ten minutes and… POW! Town, in just over an hour instead of the 100 or so minutes by bus. No mother with me; travelling light. A bit of shopping and other things I need to do. Now, travelling not so light. Then off to...

BUS. CHANGE BUS. HOSPITAL. Coffee and fake cake. Mother chatting with anyone she can find. Me: I just find an app on my phone and play the game. Time to go up to the ward. No, mother, it’s this way, remember? Lift with the gravelly voiced girl telling us what the lift is doing. Ward. Splash of foamy...

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