To my fellow friends in the WP Community, Id like to say thank you for your continued support of my site, Fictionista in my absence. My work is still being read and commented on despite the lack of new work. My writing with your support has resulted in flash fiction that has been published, encouraging me to write in any genre, as long as I write. However…
The joy of writing I’ve grown fond of has left me due to a family crisis. My father at age 90 years has become totally dependent on me. If I step back to July of 2020, he could drive locally, pick up medication, food shop, and work on small projects in his one family home. I moved in with him a few years ago to ensure the house was kept in order while working two jobs, both considered essential during Covid-19. I practiced what I preached by actively writing, reading and commenting on my work and other authors.
Things took a nose dove in November 2020, when a needed procedure left my dad hospitalized for two weeks. Upon his return home, he has become wheelchair bound and unable to return to a mostly independent life. I have no local family so the weight of cooking, cleaning, and managing bills has fallen on me. His severe hearing loss, congestive heart failure, enlarged prostrate, edema swelling of legs, ankles and feet, has drained me physically and emotionally while caring for him.
The good thing is I don’t have writing block. What’s bad is I’m unable to enjoy writing since my dads health needs went from weekly to hourly. The window of write time at home has been replaced with preparing the next days meals and meds before getting him in bed. Leaving for work without rest has been appealing. I have a friend that looks out while I’m gone but my dads needs are becoming too much for him.
Because dads health is declining, I’ve consulted with his doctor for Hospice care at home. He will receive a weekly visit from a certified nurse, given a nurse aid Monday through Friday (for 2 hours) and medical equipment. (bed, oxygen, and portable potty. A social worker is available to me if needed. I will bring up how my friend is helping. Maybe he can get financial compensation. The goal is to avoid a nursing home, since Covid-19 infection restricts visitation. He cant live stream or hear the phone. Our communication would be cut off completely. I learned that from his recent hospital stay.
The help I’m receiving takes some pressure off but I have no idea when I will resume my love of writing. I appreciate the authors that have checked on my wellbeing. It means a lot.