In June Dorothy’s condition became a lot worse and despite the help from Centrecare and the support staff at Brookland, caring for her daily needs was becoming too much for me. In early July she developed a fever and became very weak. This climaxed with a fall about 7pm one evening and even with the help of Alitia, the young duty nurse at Brookland, we could not get her up. The ambulance came and took Dorothy to QEII hospital where she spent two weeks recovering from the fever and with the physio staff endeavouring to restore some mobility. However the gereatric doctors and social worker insisted that I should seek out a placement in a nursing home. I looked into six different homes but when a placement unexpectedly came up at ARCARE at Eight Mile Plains I took it up. The White House, as the home is known, is an upmarket facility with a high RAD (Refundable Accommodation Deposit) and daily fees over $90, but Dorothy deserves it, all those years supporting and standing by me and the family. She has been settled there since mid- July.
Also late in July my spiritual memoir, To and From God – a memoir of finding and losing faith, was self-published as an ebook with Amazon Kindle, SmashWords, and other outlets and as a print version with Create Space. It was good-bye to all the trauma leading up to the publication and release, to be replaced by the uncertainty of how it would be received. I owe a big debt of gratitude to my editor, Karen Cox, without whose help this would never have happened. The memoir has been well received by all those who have read it and there are steady but not brilliant sales.