After 6 long months, I was finally able to visit dad in his LTC facility - as an essential caregiver. I get tested at the same frequency as all the employees there (which if you ask me, is still not enough). Anyway, a few weeks ago, the facility entered phase 2, which means that any family could go inside on any day for an1 hour monitored visit. So for dad and I, we’ve been seeing each other every day for the past 2 weeks.
PLOT TWIST - this past weekend, I received a phone call to tell me that all visits were cancelled because an inside worker tested positive. My world was shattered. Yes I was grateful to have seen dad (inside the facility) but now going into lockdown for a minimum of 14 days is going to set him into a tailspin. Residents are required to stay in their rooms, hallways are closed off, and no small group activities. For what it’s worth, I did try explaining the reason to dad, but he wasn’t too understanding (rightly so - he and the other residents are paying an enormous price for a workers mistake). So far, no other residents have tested positive, but I’m pancakes that they will (since some were in contact with this worker). My father has already had Covid but I’m praying he doesn’t get it again. We talk on the phone and I visit at the window, but sometimes when I was right infront of him he didn’t recognize me (and I blame THAT not solely on dementia, but on 6 months of not seeing me in person). In dad's world - his only child has deserted him again. I’m at a loss.