Finding “Yoyu” [Excerpt 21]

Akira’s brother and wife had taken Otosan for an extended weekend. Before bringing him back, I knew they had planned to stop by the hospital to visit Okasan. It was now late afternoon, and I had been expecting them to arrive at our place any minute.

When they called to see if Otosan had made it home yet, I didn’t understand. Otosan must have gone up the elevator by himself. Then I realized that they were parked downstairs in front of our building, and Otosan wasn’t with them. I grabbed my keys and phone and ran out the door.

Evidently, Otosan had gone to use the restroom while at the hospital. When he didn’t return to Okasan’s room right away, they started looking for him. The hospital was put on alert, but none of the staff could find him either.

Listen to the latest excerpt above to find out what happened to Otosan and what we did to find him.

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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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