2022 Begins.

January 1st, 2022.

5:26 AM the phone rings.

“Hey Anna, it’s your brother. Dad dislocated his hip again and when he fell he hit his head so he has some bleeding on the brain and they moved him to ICU.”

What a way to start the day.

I am here, having intentionally gone to bed last night not making a hubbub of the new year due to the honest belief that the last time I slept through the changeover of the old year to the new year was 2019-2020 (the year of the pandemic beginning and my major car accident), so maybe this doing it again would cause a cosmic reset. After all, I intentionally stayed awake during 2020-2021 in the hopes that would clear the global air of nonsense…without much luck.

I made some very intentional decisions last night. I brushed my teeth, I prayed as I did as a child asking God to watch over all those I’ve loved, and asking him to send my love to those on the other side. I prayed that God would take this time to provide my Dad the much-needed peace that his deteriorating yet restless and agitated body, mind, and soul needed.

Before Thanksgiving, my father fell at my childhood home in the hallway breaking his hip. Since then it’s been a horrible cycle. With end-stages of Parkinson’s and combined with Parkinson’s dementia, we began a cycle of fall > hospital > surgery to repair fall (partial replacement)> inpatient physical rehabilitation > dementia + stubbornness > fall > hospital > surgical intervention (not this time) > inpatient physical rehabilitation > dementia + stubbornness > fall > hospital > surgery to repair fall (complete replacement) > … wash, rinse, repeat.

It’s now 8:09 PM.

He’s still in ICU. Brain bleeding has ceased. He will potentially have a third hip replacement surgery on the same hip on Monday.

He wants to know why he’s in the hospital. He doesn’t understand. Point blank…full stop. ‘Nuff said.

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