Finding “Yoyu” [Excerpt 18]

Have you ever lost something important or expensive?

Otosan came back from his morning walk to the convenience store to buy a newspaper. He was in high spirits, and I was pleased that he had successfully navigated the front door, elevator, and crosswalks.

I worried every time he went out by himself, wondering if that day would be the last day he could do it. Today was a good day.

Unfortunately, Otosan’s good mood didn’t last long. As I sat down to work on my computer, he hollered down the hall for me. I quickly learned that one of his new, and VERY expensive hearing aids was missing.

Listen to the latest excerpt above to find out how we handled the emergency and what happened to Otosan’s feet.

If you missed any of the previous excerpts, you can find the playlist here.

About the book:

A few years ago, we moved my husband’s parents from a rural part of Japan to live with us in Tokyo in our tiny 800 square foot (73 square-meter) condo. My book, Finding “Yoyu,” is about what it took to decide to move them. It’s also about navigating the Japanese health care system and finding an appropriate nursing home for my mother-in-law while helping my father-in-law transition from a lifetime of farming to retirement in the big city. It’s about how we discovered he had Alzheimer’s and my husband had stage 3 colon cancer. It’s about how I managed to support these two men and keep (or find!) my yoyu all while going through a career change.

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About the Author:

Hi! I'm Marci. When I'm not writing, building websites, or coaching clients, I love walking the streets of Japan and discovering spirit in all shapes and forms. Here on the blog, you'll also get a peek into what it is like to live with and care for my Japanese father-in-law who has Alzheimer’s. Enjoy!


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