“We are lucky..” The 91 year old carer

A letter from my indomitable friend Sarah, who is a fulltime carer – at 91 – to her 92 year old partner of half a lifetime, is full of cheer and optimism:

The situation here is much the same but with improvement – I can now read to X from ‘The Irish Times,’ ‘New York Review of Books’ and from novels, Parks, Tobin, Ford, Stroud, Sebastian Barry…

I attribute this improvement in X to: being in her own home; routine; kindness of friends, and carers. X is now 92 (I am 91!) – We’ve been together for 46 years. I am chief (of course) carer. I rise at 6.30 am, get myself going (breakfast/shower). At 9am the morning carer comes, sets X’s  breakfast, shower etc. Then I drive us to buy newspaper and to a local beach, hill…. The morning carer is paid for by the Health System (1 3/4 hours). The rest of the day (lunch/dinner) I officiate. We pay a carer to get X to bed. Our carers are very kind and good and competent. We are lucky..

O to to have such posititivity and indomitability. I am overcome with respect and admiration

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