The part of my email I didn't dare send
I'm taking Ma to the chiropodist this morning. She has to go to the chiropodist every month. Last night she smelled terribly and I discovered why this morning - poo on her trousers. They're at the dry cleaners. The only trousers she likes have to be dry cleaned! I've taken all her clothes for a good wash. Hygiene is a bit of an issue - her hair has been left way too long, so that is great you will be taking her to Alex. Please don't forget to say that she needs something for dandruff.
I am sorry Teddy couldn't take any time off for Ma, but at least he did take her to the National Trust place on Saturday. I feel so sorry for Ma. She is given so little now - she used to get cashmere tops for Christmas and silk scarves. Now it's a pot plant. She didn't want all this and I understand that but she is here now and we have to do what we can. Old people are badly treated in this country and our society and culture accepts this. Care of little children is going the same way: professionals take over, parents work.