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"Watching my mother for the past few years has been a lot like watching a blindfolded lady ride a unicycle on a tightrope."
Sometimes, all you can do is laugh. Federico was happily ensconced in Nova Scotia when the fateful call came from Florida. Her mother, Addie, had fallen and was taken to the hospital. On the spot, Addie's husband, Walter, was diagnosed with Alzheimer's. Suddenly, any hope of the elderly couple living out their days in peaceful bliss was dashed.
Leaving her husband and kids, Federico flies south, with the goal of settling Addie and Walter back in their New Jersey home. Hiring a bevy of home health care aides and therapists, she negotiates both cost and care schedules with her siblings, naïvely believing she can now resume her life. Repeatedly she is called back to New Jersey to find the refrigerator empty, the house a mess, jewelry missing, Addie bruised, Walter shouting, and both of them increasingly more confused.
The "Departure Lounge" is the name Federico applies to Addie and Walter's home, but to where? The reader is free to decide: Death? Insanity? Surrender? As Federico well knows, when you enter the Departure Lounge, it's best just to hang on and try to enjoy the ride. (Spring 2009 Selection)