You may be wondering how is Baba (PedarJan) coping after MadarJan passed away. At first, he wasn't very well at all and the emotional and physical exhaustion have taken their toll on his health. He was experiencing dizzy spells, dangerously fell down couple of times, didn't want to eat, was underweight and weak. He also lost interest in carrying on with everything and lost hope for a better future. It was very sad to see him in that state.
It took a lot of effort from the whole family to bring Baba's spirit up. We stayed for few weeks with Shahnaz who contributed greatly in Baba's recovery and encouraged him to eat better and more. The whole family in Iran were very supportive and we would have not been able to go through these difficult times without them.
Dear Atria, remember to always value your family, be kind to them, support them and love them as they are your rock, they always be there for you and they will support you without expecting anything in return.
You will be glad to hear that now Baba is much better. He lives in LA, where there is a lot of sunshine, beautiful beaches, many attractions to visit and most importantly, large Zoroastrians community. Anna was looking after Baba for a while and she put him on a high nutrition, healthy diet rich in vegetables, oily fish, quality protein, nuts, avocados, lean meat, smoothies, natural juices and all sorts of other healthy food. In a matter of 8 weeks Baba gained 6kg, he is stronger, quite fit for his age and most importantly he looks forward to the future.
He became part of a local community and he is excited about our plans for future. He finally enjoys various pleasures in life, we have taken him to visit many interesting places and attractions. He continues having new experiences and he is very keen on doing more and more. If he is in the house for couple of days he becomes inpatient and proposes to go and visit places, go for a walk or take a bus to Hollywood. I'll try to write more about the places Baba visited recently, but I think I'll leave it for the next post.
On doctor's orders Baba is also undergoing a detailed health check up and so far there is nothing alarming or out of ordinary as for his age.
LA is very close to Canada, so if you are visiting your family over there, you could visit Baba here as well. If you ever want to do it, please contact Baba on firstname.lastname@example.org or via this website; he will send you a return ticket. It would be wonderful.
Below there are some photographs of Baba from the past couple of months (click on one of them to see full version). He is happy and full of hopes for future :-)