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  1. massive January 21, 2016 at 3:13 pm

    Hi Heather, great conversation, it was fresh and enjoyable. Thanks for talking about the hardships you’ve faced, specifically talking about helping the elderly. It gave me time to reflect on my grandparents and specifically my mom’s relationship to her mom before she passed. Your conversation with Chris illuminated how much she loved her mom and how far she would go out of her way to make sure she was ok.
    My grandmom moved closer to home after her husband passed in the early 90’s. she lived on her own, and never remarried or kindled anything new. She was close to a sister in a trailer park, I never felt a sense of frailty as she grew older, and noticeably more ‘out of it’. But each move was always one step closer to ‘the’ home. Before that move, we moved her into a bi-split house for elderly with caretakers checking in twice(?) a day. The idea of mortality hadnt quite set in until we found out quite a bit after the fact that grandma had fallen making her way to the washroom -at night. Her legs gave out and she spent half a day sprawled next to the toilet on a cold floor. That kind of stuff bothered me quite a bit, made me angry to think about her helpless. These memories flooded back when you mentioned the kind of things that elderly deal with more often than not. Thanks for that. It makes things so much more human having heard your stories.
    Listening gave me new love for my mom, and her weekly visits for the two years her mom spent in carehomes.

    All the best to you and the family

  2. Heather Day-Melgar January 23, 2016 at 12:11 pm

    Hi, thanks for listening, and I am glad that you enjoyed it! Thanks for sharing some of your story here too. At some point in life, we will all have to deal with loved ones aging, and if we aren’t prepared, it can be upsetting and scary. The ups and downs of being human, right?? Thanks for reaching out.

  3. Rich February 11, 2016 at 10:59 am

    Awesome hearing you on the podcast with Chris Ryan. Thank you for sharing your story! I can relate to the place where you grew up and I’m currently trying figure out how to make an escape with my family. It’s always hopeful to hear it can be done. Congratulations!!