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  • Waiting in the dark with Dad

    Waiting in the dark with Dad
    In the first decade of the 1900s, a Spanish couple boarded a ship in Malaga and sailed to Hawaii to work in the sugar cane fields. They later continued to California, opened a small grocery store an hour east of San Francisco and raised six children, the youngest of whom is my father.
  • Open the discussion on dying

    Open the discussion on dying
    Last week, my dad was taken on a practice run from his Northern California nursing home back to his house. He'd had recent hip surgery, and the idea was that if he could master the challenge of getting in and out of the car and the wheelchair, he could...

    How to know when it's time to say goodbye to an animal companion?

    We had to put Felix to sleep last month. I say "had to put him to sleep" because I can't bear the thought there might have been an alternative. I had two other dogs who lived to be 21 before dying at home. Toward the end, several people had suggested I...

    Needy elderly will pay the price for cuts in Medi-Cal

    Needy elderly will pay the price for cuts in Medi-Cal
    When you have a loved one approaching the end, you feel like you're walking along the edge of a cliff in the dark, but at least you've got plenty of company. I'm still sifting through hundreds of responses to my July 17 column about my dad, who took a...

    Having to think about the unthinkable

    Having to think about the unthinkable
    "I could show you case after case," said Dr. Neil S. Wenger. "I could bet you million-to-1 odds these patients would not want to be in this situation." He was talking about patients in critical condition who are "attached to machines, being kept alive"...