I usually go to see Al at least every other day and sometimes every day depending on his needs. I had not been there Friday and Saturday. He knew that I was bringing him lunch today and I also had told him repeatedly that if he got too lonely in those two days, to have the nurse call me and I will be there immediately.
I went into see him today and set down our lunches and he broke into tears. He was upset because evidently he had a bathroom accident and flooded the floor. The aide who was helping him made a comment that he heard. It went something like this. I need another job. This job sucks. I don’t like cleaning up messes like this. Al, why didn’t you go more often so this didn’t happen?
I explained to him that this was not his fault. He finally believed me. Then he told me that he thought he could do it but he had missed me so bad. He broke down in more tears. My heart split in half for his sadness.
I can only imagine what it is like to be in a place where you feel unwanted and like you don’t fit in. He went on to say I wonder if anyone will remember my birthday.
I know it is his birthday this Friday. I have told him that I will be in with cake and ice-cream and two presents that I just know he will love. But once again, I am asking any of you if you want to send Al a birthday card please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org for his home address. Many of you have it already, but there are bloggers who don’t.
If you would like to wish Al a Happy Birthday by way of statement, please go to this link and you can write to him on here. I will print it off and take it to him.
Here is a photo I snapped of Al today.
Update on Al’s fundraiser. We have now collected $200.00. We have had many different ranges of donations. The way I look at it is it will grow one dollar at a time. If you would like to help Al and his debt, here is the link to this. I believe that credit cards and Pay Pal are accepted.
- Birthday e-card (tamaqie.wordpress.com)
- Wildflower Birthday Card (davebrethauer.typepad.com)
- Birthday Cards and other sweet!s (barbarashallue.typepad.com)
- HANDMADE CARD BIRTHDAY PERSONALISED COLOUR GIFT – HandmadeCardsLukata – Birthday (handmadecards24.wordpress.com)
- My Birthday Dream (terry1954.wordpress.com)
- Birthday Card Poem (mrsphinxgirl.wordpress.com)
- HANDMADE CARD BIRTHDAY PERSONALISED BIKE LOVE – HandmadeCardsLukata – Love and friendship (handmadecards24.wordpress.com)
Can’t believe a year has gone already … of course I will write something to Al, will send a card .. later, will not reach him in time .. now. Glad that money is coming in too, great …
I wasn’t sure if he would make it to this years birthday but he has. I am so thankful in my own selfish ways. Thanks so much for helping brighten his day
I sent Al an ecard and it should be delivered on Friday 😀 I’m so sorry, poor Al, I hope he knows that what he does isn’t his fault!
He thinks everything is his fault. His mentality hasn’t allowed him to see that Parkinson’s is the culprit, not Al. thank you for the card my friend
Thank you for reminding us that it’s Al’s birthday this Friday! I think I still have your address, so will get something in the mail! Hang in there Terry .. .you are precious and much loved, as you love and care for Al.
thanks so much Debbie!!!
I think I have some birthday cards, if not I hope an ecard is okay.
it is, thank you!
It feels as if we are on the same exact path sometimes. I will send Al a message now.
thanks so much Julie
I also wish Al Happy Birthday
thank you Yoshiko
Thank you Terry, for continuing to display such love and concern for Al. I wish we all had this much concern and willingness to help our family members. Continuing in prayers.
some people’s lives are so busy, but I wish that everyone involved with an ill member does try to help at times. Thank you for always being here for Al and me Rob
I will tweet about this and will get a blog post up about it as soon as I can, Terry. God will provide!
Oh I could just hug you for helping Al in this way…big hugs
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