It's funny how your life can change in an instant. A month ago I spent my days writing my next novel in the comfort of my home office. Since December 27, I'm writing my next novel in between visits to the hospital where my dad is (hopefully) recuperating from his stroke and visits to a care facility where my beautiful mom is being treated for Alzheimer's. It's like the sky opened up and started raining down on us in gigantic icy black torrents. Every day is up and down and my sister, brother and I are trying to grab onto stability and anything that feels normal. It's hell watching your parents suffer.
One of my cousins told me, "Take one day at a time" and I'm really trying to follow that mantra. Unfortunately I'm not always successful at the one day at a time thing. It would be nice to go a full day without crying too.
I have managed to read a couple of really good books at the hospital. One in particular brought me to tears: STILL ALICE by Lisa Genova. It's about a woman in her fifties who gets Alzheimer's. Although it's a novel, it was way more fact than fiction for me. I wished I had read it before my mom got sick. If you've got someone you love battling Alzheimer's, I highly recommend it.