Meredith sat at the chair by the window in the front room as she did every day. She frequently stared outside, seeming to enjoy the warmth of the sun.
Her eyes tried to track the cars that drove by and the animals that flew past, but she frequently lost the thread of what was happening.
Her diaper needed changing, but she didn’t comprehend that.
Elizabeth Williams made her rounds through the front room, giving out medication to the patients there.
Emily had called in sick again and they were short staffed as it was, so she made it as quick as possible. When she got to Meredith she sighed.
Elizabeth handed Meredith the pills, and miraculously she was cooperative today. Elizabeth had to help her steady the cup to take a drink, but it only took three tries to get the pills down.
“Will my children be visiting today?” Meredith asked. She asked this every day.
“Oh I’m sure they will,” Elizabeth said, already turning and walking away.
Meredith continued to stare outside, briefly trying to remember what cars her kids drove but quickly losing the train of thought.
She tried to remember who was supposed to visit today, but soon that thought was lost as well. Shortly after she forgot she was hoping for a visitor at all.
Soon she was back to staring vacantly at the passing cars and the flying birds. At no point did she remember that she had no visitors in the last ten years.