I was SO afraid.
I was visiting my Auntie and she told me she was going to visit some people she had been visiting she wanted me to come with her, and as I was staying with her for the week I went along. It was far from her home. I was 14 years old, and this happened a long time ago. It was a care home but I hadn’t realized that till I was there. Two people stand out.
My Auntie introduced me to Sylvia. I was shocked. I have never in my life seen anyone who looked like this; she had suffered a very, very bad stroke! And all of the one side of her face had completely fallen! Her eye, blood red, where it had fallen down her face and half her mouth and lots of dribble, constantly. She looked like a monster yet her mind was unchanged.
Auntie made me shake each person’s hand. I don’t know why, I don’t remember any of the others except the first person, Sylvia and the last person. I was scared to death, for I could not believe my eyes as I saw Hal coming towards me, he had the biggest head I had ever seen, I wanted to run away! He had the thinnest neck. He greeted me warmly. After about an hour we left.
My Auntie then suggests we go for a nice meal!!!! I told her, “I didn’t want to go for a meal I wanted to go home and have a bath!!” What a strange thing to say! But that was exactly how I felt. And she said, “That was how she felt when she first went to the home.” So I said, “Well you know how I feel” she replied, “I do.” We did go for a meal; I didn’t enjoy it like I would usually.
Over the years I have thought about Sylvia and Hal I don’t think they are still alive live now, and I know they had to live in the Home for one, it’s a nice home and they were well looked after there and two, the home protects them for staring eyes and cruel things the general public would say.