Looking After Mother

‘I’m giving your photo to the bus drivers and telling them not to let you on
board,” I say to Mum. She smiles. But I can tell she’s desperate. She’s plucking at the drip in her hand and keeps trying to get up, pulling it all apart. She’s been readmitted to hospital after what was meant to be a routine appointment. Routine for the hospital that is, not for her relatives. This was the fourth out patient appointment in the past eight days and complicated negotiations had gone on about who could take time off from work. Mum, too, is clearly fed up. This time when they told her they were admitting her, leaving her waiting in A&E, she wandered out, got on a bus and reappeared back at her home.

Read more: http://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2008/jul/26/looking.after.mother

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