Wrapping Up

It’s time to wrap things up.

Whenever the temperature drops in the house and you’re sitting on the sofa watching TV, you become chilly and are soon wrapping yourself up in a blanket. It feels good. Whenever a public speaker begins to near the end of his speech, he begins wrapping things up in order to finish. At the end of a trial, we find the attorney wrapping up the case. This is the closing argument. It’s over.

As I age, I find that more and more of my daily energy is spent wrapping things up. The less money I have, the more the temperature of life drops and I need to wrap myself up in a blanket of withdrawal. During this wrapping up process, I decrease contact with the outside world and limit my activities more and more. I’m wrapping things up.

I have already wrapped up many things with my attorney: the will is done, the DNR instructions have been signed, the powers of attorney have been designated. The meeting with the funeral home looms. But I will get around to that. I am in the middle of seeking custodial care for Barbara, as Alzheimer’s Disease continues to take over her brain. Money plays such a huge role in this process. The facility I want seems simply too expensive. If I had to make the decision today, I would choose to wrap us up in the confines of our home and ride it out to the end. I’ll know for sure next week, for that’s my deadline to make the decision. What changes between now and then? I meet with an attorney specializing in Elder Care and hopefully she can discover avenues which truly are open to me. If the avenues aren’t there, I will wrap up the search and wrap up any lingering final details. I have less energy each day. It’s time to wrap it all up. –LG

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