Spent some time with my parents this weekend. I haven't seen them in about 6 years and they were celebrating their 57th wedding anniversary, so we drove down. My dad turns 82 next month, and though there is not anything really seriously wrong with him medically, other than a bum leg, I found him in such a despairing mood and he told me he was going to die. Some where along the way, he appears to have lost the will to live. I tried to be with him as much as I could, and I tried to give him reasons to keep on living, but he has it fixated in his head that he is going to die. I find this very puzzling, because he usually has such a great outlook on life. I didn't know what else to do, so we just went for walks and I listened to him. My mom says he has been fixated on death since about the middle of last year. He also did something he has never done before, and that is talk about the war (WWII) all the time. he was Chief Medical Officer and until recently, he never even discussed what happened to him during the time he was in China and Guadalcanal. It was just a really strange visit.
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