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Another Flu Season – Ahh, the Memories

February 28th, 2013 · No Comments · Blog writing, Feature writing

Flu season will forever remind me of my father.

“That’s an odd association,” I can almost hear you saying. “Was he particularly prone to the illness? Did a particularly bad case of it hit him hard?” Well, no to both those questions –aside from all his chronic conditions, Dad was generally healthy as a horse. The connection resides in his lifelong refusal, in the face of nurses’ please and doctors’ dire warnings, to ever get vaccinated. Those conversations arose at almost every doctor’s appointment and ER visit, and his consistent response provided an important lesson: in the end, no matter how hard a caregiver tries to maintain a loved one’s health and well-being, that patient’s own will trumps it all.

Read the rest of this article as it ran on AARP’s TakeCare blog.

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