Placing a loved one in a nursing facility is a highly controversial issue. Many people would rather die than do it. But in some -- not all -- cases, such placement may actually be the best solution for the patient.
Late one evening, I was deeply immersed in editing the photographs I'd taken at the Cincinnati Zoo that day when I was startled by the phone ringing. I thought it was probably Ed, my Romanian life partner and soul mate. But it wasn't.
When you reach the point where you're physically worn out and emotionally spent the majority of the time, stop and give some serious consideration to placing your loved one in a high-quality long-term care facility. It isn't a copout. It can be by far the most loving course of action.