“Hello?” Caregiver P answered.

“Hi! Is Virginia there?”

P paused, “Well. Yes. Would you like to talk to her?”

“Yes, please.”

“Who is this, please?”

“It’s her granddaughter, Abby.”

“Oh, hi, Abby. It’s [Caregiver P].”


“I’m just trying to get her up for supper. I went and picked it up for her. Maybe if I tell her you’re on the phone…?”

“Sure! Let’s try it.”

Some muffled noises ensued, then P’s voice explaining I was on the phone, then Maga’s hoarse voice, “Hello?”

“Hi, Maga! It’s Abby!” I tried especially hard for a bright, yellow tone.

“Who is it please?”

“It’s Abby!”


“It’s Abby! Can you hear me?”

“I can hear you.”

“Are you taking a rest?”

“Yes, I’m lying down.”

“Are you feeling sick? Or just tired?”

“I’ll get better sooner or later. Listen, thank you so much for calling. I appreciate it. We’ll talk again soon.”

And that was that. Short, succinct, sleepy. I do hope this brief phone call made her alert enough that her appetite perked up. There’s not much else I can do from this distance…

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