What a Christmas, Horace enjoyed his Christmas dinner with my family at my daughters house although it was difficult for us all getting him up and down off a normal couch and upstairs toilet but the eldest grandson was brilliant and took over these duties which gave me a little time off. At 4pm he was tired so wanted to go home, his own two Daughters were coming round to our house to sit with him so that I could go back to the party at my Daughters, they arrived at 5pm so off I went. At 7pm I had a phone call from a neighbour saying they had called an ambulance for Horace as he had fallen outside our house taking the dog a walk, his daughters only stayed for about 40 minutes and left him on his own. It was pouring with rain and it appeared that he had been down for about 15 minutes before anyone spotted him, the medics waited until I arrived back but insisted that he went to local Hospital so we were there all Christmas night and at 12 midnight they decided he had to be admitted. I phoned early Boxing Day to see how he was and the sister on the ward said he was very confused and they could not calm him down, I knew he would not be confused and it would be them that did not understand his needs, I suggested I went and could help she was very off hand on the phone and more or less said why could I do better than them but I went anyway. On arrival he was tossing all over the bed and trying to speak. I soon realised he was not comfy got him out of bed changed him into his own pjs made the bed how he likes it and hay presto all was well with him, they were treating him as if he did not understand what was going on and obviously had never heard of PSP, I found this very alarming, when I explained all his problems they said o well take him home there is nothing we can do for him . So a smiling Horace staggered out to the car but by this time Christmas was over for me and I now know he needs 24 hour support to keep him safe or he may get the urge to go sky diving or something equally as dangerous if left to his own devices
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