Our expert says:
Thanks, jcat et al. ( especially al !) --- very thoughtful of you, but I'll get by. There's nothing much anyone can do to help, I was maybe feeling extra down at the time having just ended some 24 hours in the dark, and had been contemplating the loss of everything in the fridges and freezers. Fortunately that seems to have been saved, though only just !
But for a few years I've been looking after my mother who is nearing 90 and dementing, and currently in rather rapid decline, and at times very difficult indeed. But apart from donations of packs of large size adult disposable diapers ( only joking, folks, though barely joking !) there's really nothing else anyone can do. I'll do my best to give her as good a Christmas as she can recognize, as it will probably be her last. Its sad whenever someone dies, but with senility, a bit of them dies every day --- every morning less of them wakes up to be with you. And when you remember what an indomitable and brilliant women she once was, it's sad, though perhaps merciful that the decline was rapid enough that she hasn't really realized the state she has entered, which would probably be the ultimate horror.
For some good news, Megamoggy is indeed looking better, his wounds healing, and feling well enough to get naughty and greedy again, which is always a reassuring sign. But has still lost his voice, and is developing an expressive range of signs and grunts. The main problem is that when he goe3s out for a walk ( after 3 weeks being housebound ) I can't hear his usual meow when he wants to be let into the house again. I'll have to try to teach him to ring the doorbell, or use a knocker.
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