No carers since yesterday at lunch time until Monday morning. ‘My better half’ had a small procedure, was in hospital yesterday and is resting today. So I spent the days with Pádraig. It’s a privilege. No interruptions. Nothing to be explained to anybody. Time is ours, it’s on our side. A visit called in, one of Pádraig’s friends I’d first met in Cape Cod Hospital.

It’s been a demanding day or two and I’m tired, but in a good way.

Tomorrow will be the first Sunday of Advent – we’ll be looking forward to the end of ‘darkness’, to the day that night will turn into day. Just four short weeks away. Wonderful.