Remembering him today and so reposting this entry.
Death is not a frequent travel companion for those of us who are speech and language therapists, yet there are times when it makes its presence known.
In my current practice, I see two elders with Primary Progressive Aphasia, who, though still active and thriving with the supports of their husbands, are facing relentless decline and death, most likely within a year or two. Each in different ways, they tell me this is true, even as we work some magic to experience successes in language and social activities, or plan ways of staying involved in the lives of people they love. It is difficult for me, this bearing witness to another’s experience.
Harder still is watching someone’s emotional state move him toward, and then actually into a suicide attempt.
Forget that we have done all the right things: the sharing of information…
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