I spent the whole month of August away, on an unplanned trip to Brazil, looking after my dad who collapsed due to a blood pressure drop. He suffered a head trauma, memory loss, cuts and bruises.
After spending days in hospital, we started his recovery at home. The first few days were the hardest. He was quiet, listless, showing no emotion.
With little improvements day after day, he got better and stronger.
He still have liquid between his brain and the skull, doctor said it's normal and it could take up to 6 months post trauma for it to be fully absorbed. He also has problems with his short term memory, confuses names and addresses but other than these he is having a near to normal life.
My brother is preparing a new and bigger apartment for both of them move in together. He is 79 and has been living by himself since my mom passed away 3 years ago.
I barely went out during my stay in Curitiba, my hometown in the south of Brazil. But on a sunny day, when dad was feeling well, we took him for some fresh air in one of my city's beautiful parks.
This is the Botanical Garden. The greenhouse on the background resembles the Crystal Palace in London and is one of the city's landmark.
It's almost Springtime in Brazil and the city is blooming!
My brother and dad. His left eye was still a bit bruised
A bit of the city skyline from the top of the greenhouse. Curitiba has a population of 1.8 million people.
It warmed my heart when he started showing affection again ♥
There's also a lake with carps, birds and turtles
This is an Araucaria, the symbol tree of Paraná (State which Curitiba is the capital).
This is how a fully grown Araucaria looks like
These are the seeds
We cook, peel and eat! They are tasty and very popular on wintertime.
Another popular tree and very beautiful at this time of the year: yellow ipê
Here is a fully grown one
It wasn't easy to leave my home and family behind for 5 weeks. Then it was hard to walk away from my dad and come back home. Life can't be perfect. I'm glad I was there.
All pictures were taken with my old Nikon D90 and a 24-55mm kit lens.
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