Shared by Donna Reeves, AIM Director in Baltimore, Ontario
I looked after my ninety-one-year-old foster dad, Will, who officially adopted me when I was in my sixties. Will was totally blind, in poor health and living with his third wife in Florida when I went to pick him up. He had been constipated for over a month. I gave him laxatives, but nothing worked.
He came back with me to Canada because doctors suspected that he had cancer and would most likely die on the way to his home in Sarnia, Ontario. I was beside myself on the drive back, but we made it. When my dad was examined at a local hospital, it turned out that he had fluid on the lungs, not cancer.
His wife had left him, so I decided to take him home to live with me in Sudbury, Ontario. First thing I did was to change his diet entirely. Will loved Cream of Wheat, so I started adding Herbal Fiberblend. He thought it tasted great! At noon, I made salads and added BarleyLife. And he ate regular suppers that he enjoyed. Within two to three days, he was amazed when he started to have regular bowel movements.
Proper nutrition along with AIM’s Dynamic Duo made a huge difference. Up to that point, Will had been bedridden, but now he was feeling much healthier. He had always been an awesome singer, so I began taking him to senior choirs. Everybody loved Will, the eldest member of the group.
At home, I had set up a room where he could walk around and feel safe. I regularly invited neighbors to come in and talk to him. A personal support worker was amazed at how well I looked after my dad. She bathed and fed him while I went to the gym, which gave me a break and helped to keep me healthy.
By becoming my foster dad when I was a young girl, Will improved my life, so I was happy to make a positive difference during the remainder of his. He lived for another three years, enjoying the quality of life he deserved.