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...Dad's dementia descended, full blown, overnight following a surgery. This dignified intellectual, who made it his life's work to be considerate and caring to others, was suddenly capable of becoming a spectacle without at a moment's notice. When Dad was sleepy, and I was wheeling him into the clinic, he was basically ignored. I could take him to his appointments in the para-transit bus, they'd wheel him off and I'd be on my own with dad, in the clinic. But a sleepy Dad was a quiet Dad, so he didn't stir much interest.

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