A Hospice Education

A Hospice Education

It seems that whenever I disappear, something truly horrible is going on.

In this case, it’s my aunt – my mother’s sister.

Look: my folks are both dead. I have very little family left. My aunt Jane has ALS – a deeply aggressive variant – and she needs help.

So, like before, I choose to put aside my personal projects.

I’ve been in her home for the last three years, taking care of her there, but that’s no longer feasible; the stairs, the narrowness of the doorways precluding a wheelchair…

We’re taking her in. Here, in Texas; we can’t do it in NYC, much as we love the place. Our 550-square-foot apartment is too small.

Hospice will be coming to the home once or twice a week, but her care will be entirely on me. She literally can’t even hold a fork.

(As an aside, healthcare in this country suuuuucks.)

I don’t know how I’m going to do this. I don’t know how I’ve done it so far.

I will do this. I have to.

Rock on.


A three-times bestselling author, Ruthanne Reid has led a convention panel on world-building, taught courses on plot and character development, and been the keynote speaker for the Write Practice Retreat. Author of two series with five books and fifty-plus short stories, Ruthanne has lived in her head since childhood, when she wrote her first story about a pony princess and a genocidal snake-kingdom and used up her mom’s red typewriter ribbon in the process. When she isn’t reading, writing, or reading about writing, Ruthanne enjoys old cartoons with her husband and two cats, and dreams of living on an island beach far, far away. P.S. Red is still her favorite color.