I cried when mum told me dad had had a stroke.
Just out of the blue ....
He woke up with a cramp early one morning.
Nothing unusual about that.
Mum rubbed it, put an extra blanket on the bed and snuggled up to him to help him get warm.
But something was wrong.
Dad couldn't feel his right arm.
Mum said it was hanging limply over the side of the bed.
That was nearly three weeks ago.
He's been in hospital since then.
All sorts of tests, hourly obs, prodding, questioning, poking
The Dr said he was a good candidate for re-hab.
And then he had another stroke last week.
He lost his speech.
He opened his mouth and gibberish came out.
My father ...
I cried more.
My lovely dad
Gentle caring man
Funny and eccentric
Mum calmly telling me the latest on the phone
This is when I hate being so far away.