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Visiting Dad

After editing the powerpoint file for my oral defense coming up, I walked over to the nursing home where my Dad is living. This is a small hospital for long-term care, located half-way between campus and my parents’ home. Chatting with Dad means listening carefully; he has to concentrate to form words clearly. MountTolmieexterior I printed out an online newspaper article to read to Dad, who is legally blind. He owns a magnifying viewer much like a microfiche reader, but one of the nurses says the contraption is too big for his shared room, so it’s at home till the nursing home finds a good place for it. Dad and I like to sit outside in the sheltered garden where there are flowers blooming and purple finches singing.

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Since Dad’s strokes in November, my Mom visits him every day. She helps him practise his range of motion exercises, and mouth exercises, using a photocopied binder of instructions given to her by a speech therapist in November. Last week, a swallowing pathologist read Dad’s medical test results from CAT scans & barium X-rays, felt Dad’s muscles to assess his partial recovery, and praised all their daily hard work. Dad can now eat a little pureed food to supplement his feeding tube, an amazing thing because scans showed Dad had damage to both sides of the brain in Broca’s area controlling swallowing & speech.

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My Kayaking Treadmill

It has to be a windy day to keep me off the water! I’ve got a lovely sea kayak for longer outings with friends, but when I’m on my own I stick close to shore in my little inflatable kayak. It’s easy to carry down to the shore of Cadboro Bay in Gyro Park, and it’s a terrific boat for paddling along the rocky shoreline.

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This is a great photo for showing Cadboro Bay and the offshore islands where I go kayaking with my friends. The circular road showing in the photograph is Ring Road on the campus of the University of Victoria, where I’m finishing my MA in Canadian Literature. I like how this aerial photo shows my home waters and my alma mater.