Boris Johnson Lied, We Died

a blog by Eva Comrie

In Spring 2020 when we were locked down at home in a pandemic, my Dad was in and out of hospital. He never tested positive for Covid, but shared hospital wards with those who were, despite daily pronouncements from an FM to the contrary. To my shame, I argued with Dad about this, only to be put right by his doctors.

Dad was brought home by hospital transport twice in Summer 2020 – the first time his driver had no PPE at all and when I objected he argued with me about its usefulness and necessity. On the second occasion I learned that Larbert hospital was employing private contractors to transport patients even when family carers were able and willing to do this.

he left a mark of decency upon all he met, from window cleaner to milkman, GP and home carer.

Eva’s comment on her dad

My family delayed arranging home care for Dad because we worried about Covid. For the same reason we could not contemplate his spending his last few days in a care home. Between us, we tried our best to look after him at home for as long as he wanted to be there. We could have done more but recognise that we’re not superhuman. 

Dad’s last days comprised few visitors – my brothers and I, my son, niece and nephew didn’t get together with Dad for his birthday because it wasn’t permitted. We foreswore a Father’s Day celebration as that was also against the rules. When Dad was admitted in emergencies we visited individually, unable to be together to assist Dad or each other, because we respected the rules – those rules which were designed to keep most of us alive. Dad’s pain and ours immeasurable. 

Dad’s funeral was graveside only.

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