Written by: Hou Cailin
2020-02-14 11:00Last updated: 2020-02-14 11:24
Boss Tan and his wife are 92 years old and have no children. The two have spent more than 60 Valentine's Days. However, since his wife moved to the institution two years ago, Tan Bo's life has changed. "There is nothing to worry about, an old man is alone, and it is a life stage that is old, sick, and dead, so there is no way to hang on," Tan Bobo said of the wife living in the courtyard.
Fourteen years ago, his wife's health gradually deteriorated due to the illness. Uncle Tan took more care of his wife. His wife was unable to move, and he personally "buy rice dumplings, cook rice, and wash clothes." He also planted plants at home and let his wife Feel the green nature; two years ago, my wife lived in the home, and he often visited his wife with the hot soup he had cooked. "Everyone laughs, I am a husband of four filial piety!"
At present, under the new crown pneumonia epidemic, visits to elderly homes have stopped. Uncle Tan has not visited his wife for two weeks. He said, "Even if there is no way to hang the wife, I hope the epidemic will pass quickly." And masks are difficult to find. Uncle Tan There are only 10 masks left, so "except for those who buy and buy, they don't dare go out."
▼ Uncle Tan's Daily Life ▼
Taking care of housework because of his wife's cancer
Uncle Tan is 92 years old. When he was young, he and his wife were running department store business in Shanghai Street together. They had no children, supported each other, and offloaded the work burden in Hua Jia's year, and stepped into retirement. Fourteen years ago, my wife suffered from laryngeal cancer. Although she recovered, her health gradually deteriorated. The burden of living and caring for her wife fell on Uncle Tan. "I do it all for me. I buy it, cook it for two meals, I do it for me, and I do the housework for me." But Uncle Tan "he feels hard and is used to doing it."
Before the wife was sick, Uncle Tan often went to the King's Park in the morning with his wife. After his wife was sick, he had trouble moving. He planted plants in the living room at home so that the wife could feel the nature at home. "I saw the sun coming out of the street, I just planted the sun, and I saw more greenery." The wife had difficulty swallowing. Tan Bobert intended to cook some softer rice for her. Water, without water on one side, I eat hard and soft. " The wife will have a follow-up visit every three or four months. Uncle Tan will also accompany his wife to the follow-up consultation with the volunteers of the Salvation Army.
Uncle Tan liked to travel with his wife when he was young. (Photo by Yu Junliang)
Mrs. Uncle moved into the hospital: birth, sickness and death are life stages
Two years ago, my wife was not as good as before, "I tried to fall, and I needed a crutch to go up the stairs." "It ’s easy to get up and go to the bathroom." It happened that the Salvation Army elderly home had a bed. She lives.
In the original home of two people, only Uncle Tan lived alone. He bluntly said: "My wife is worse than before. If you are not me, I will enter the hospital." When asked if I would miss my wife, Uncle Tan But he smiled and said, "I have nothing to worry about. I'm old and sick. I have no choice but to stay alive.
Since his wife was sick, Uncle Tan planted plants at home, hoping to make his wife feel nature. (Photo by Yu Junliang)
Boiling hot soup for my wife
Speaking of himself, Uncle Tan said that his body was not as good as before: "I worked hard a few years ago, I feel hard this year, I am old, and my strength is poor." They will prepare a good meal. Sometimes they bring snacks, biscuits, cakes, and sometimes they boil a pot of warm soup to the wife. "I hope the channel can fill the lungs." Uncle Tan said with a smile: "A They all laugh at me as a husband of four filial piety. "
When the two were married, both parties were in their 30s, and they have been dependent on each other for more than 60 years. Recalling these 60 years, Uncle Tan said, "Life is considered to be stubborn." I didn't buy Liu Hecai when I drank alcohol. I like traveling with my wife best. "
Uncle Tan lives on the fourth floor. Although he has edema in his feet, he still goes out and buys it. (Photo by Yu Junliang)
There are only 10 masks left. I bought them every other day in the street.
Uncle Tan, who has become a solitary one, has never found life boring. Instead, he bluntly said: "Busy, no time." He continued to talk about his daily life: "Get up at 4 in the morning, drink a cup of hot water, eat breakfast, and then Go to the mountain and drink tea at 8 o’clock. " After visiting my wife, I went home to take a nap, and then "wiped the house, smashed the TV, ate afternoon tea, and then started to cook dinner. Nakabe has time!"
Uncle Tan over 90 is still full of energy and clear-headed, but the current pneumonia epidemic is on the verge of threatening, and uncle Tan's life is also greatly affected.
At present, he only has 10 masks distributed by volunteers earlier, so he has to go out to buy cards every other day. In addition, because the elderly's home has stopped visiting, Uncle Tan has not visited his wife for two weeks. He said, "Everyone is worried that the epidemic will continue, but even if there is no way to stop the wife, I hope that the epidemic will soon pass and everyone is in good health. "
Affected by Valentine's Day
Under the new crown pneumonia epidemic, this year's Valentine's Day is also different from previous years. The leader of the Salvation Army's Yau Ma Tei Community Service Center for the Elderly, Zheng Sini said that the center has prepared a series of activities for older couples on Valentine's Day for the past four years. However, due to the epidemic, the original candlelight dinner needs to be cancelled this year. For the elderly, she said, "there must be disappointment, but it is easy to understand, and the most important thing is safety."
Zheng Sini said that the center has reached more than 1,000 elders living alone or two elderly households. Affected by the epidemic, the day care centres for the elderly ceased to operate, leaving many elderly persons to take care of each other and depend on each other. There are also many elderly people who find it difficult to find masks, but have no choice but to stay at home for a long time, and even have difficulty buying a salamander. She hopes that the government can guarantee the supply of masks to meet the basic needs of the elderly.
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