A man finishing breakfast in black and white

CW/TW — parental death, mental illness, suicide, childhood sexual assault, emotional abuse

My dad is dying.

That’s all I can think when I see the skinny legs that he’s covered with layers of sweatpants and jeans, hanging limply in front of him as he sits on the ground of our driveway. His brand new walker, all shiny metal in the darkness of an Ohio winter night, is standing next to him. He’s lost the ability to walk recently due to numbness in his legs. The doctors don’t know why.

There’s a sense of tragedy that I know should be there…

Today I woke up and the entire house smelled like shit.

It was about 2AM or 4AM, I forget, as these days I am back to my habit of sleeping in two hour intervals and waking up with the concern that my father has died in his sleep. Not this time though. Instead he’s in the bathroom and the entire house smells like shit because he pooped on himself and in the process of cleaning himself off, he got the poop on the shower curtain.

I guess I should be happy as that’s an improvement from the time I found…

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If you wind up caregiving for someone with a rare disease like neuromyelitis optica, you’re just lucky I guess.

My father was diagnosed with NMO toward the end of 2019, just…

My dad is an addict, but his choice of drug is completely legal and consumed by millions of people every day.

Sugary soda. Or pop, if you’re from the Midwest.

My dad drinks water only to take his medication. Otherwise, he sips from a giant canteen — a gift I got him for one of his birthdays — filled with Dr. Pepper and ice. He claims that the ice in the Dr. Pepper is his water intake.

Yeah. You read that right. My dad drinks soda all day and perhaps maybe 16 oz of water to go with it. So…

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My father, in his prime, was an extremely dedicated homeowner. And yet when I look around the house, I have to ask myself what was the point of this level of consumerism? Why are there 11 different TVs in a house where no one but him lived until this year? Why did he remodel the patio area into a somewhat enclosed seating area with four different space heaters, a speaker, a cable box, and you guessed it — a TV!

The level of consumerism is just so absurd considering his identity as a sole person in a house where all…

At the end of January, I moved back to Ohio from New York City to help with caregiving for my aging father. My annoying father. My selfish father. My father who is dying from Congestive Heart Failure and Neuromyelitis Optica. Oh, and also my dad has been completely blind since I was born, so really caregiving for my father in one way or another has been the name of the game since day one.

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