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    Default A Letter to My Friends and Customers on UU

    Hey everyone,
    I am way behind in my orders. While I dislike airing my problems in public, I feel I owe many of you an explanation of what is going on, so here it is.

    First, some background information. I retired from my real career in early 2005. At that time, my wife's mother was seriously ill and under hospice care. My wife decided she should continue to work in Seattle, live with her parents and help her father care for her mother and join me in Cannon Beach on the weekends. That actually worked out well because my former employer kept calling me back to work so I was up in Seattle with my wife, helping her with her parents most of the time. My wife's mother passed away three years later. Then her father had medical issues of his own and we decided to continue with this living arrangement to help him.

    Last spring, my father in law became ill and went to the hospital. When he left the hospital, it was determined that he should have 24 hour care at home. My wife and her sister could provide much of that, and two home health care aides were hired for the rest. My father in law's health has been declining, his heart is in Afib and he has been having a number of small strokes and TIA's. As his mental capacity has been declining, he has been increasingly more difficult to deal with, which has stressed my wife greatly, which stresses me. I have had to spend more and more time in Seattle helping as best I can.

    If this was not enough grief, in his most recent trip to the hospital we learned that one of the home health care aides we had hired is a predator. She has been spending a great deal of time and energy poisoning his mind against his family and setting herself up in a cushy situation. She is also no doubt the primary reason my wife has been having a very hard time dealing with her father.

    During all of this, my ukulele building has dwindled to very little. I am very sorry about this and it was certainly not my intention to keep my customers waiting long after their due dates, but under the circumstances, I have not been able to get a lot of building done.

    The good news is the situation has improved. My father in law in a moment of mental clarity fired the predatory aide and so far we have been able to keep her away from him, although she persists in trying to contact him. We have hired two new aides from a reputable and very expensive agency that have been working out well, so hopefully we can move on and I can start building ukuleles again and get my back orders down.

    Thank you,
    Brad

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    No problem Brad. Take care of your family first.
    Aloha,
    Ronnie



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    Your ukes are very much worth the wait.

    Your family and their well being come first. My thoughts are with you and your family. Take care Brad.
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    No problem at all. Best wishes to you and your family. As gyosh says, it will be worth the wait.
    Kathryn

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    Brad, that has been a heavy burden for you and wife to go through. Thanks for sharing that with us.

    Take care of you and your family, ukes can wait.

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    Best wishes to you and your family, Brad.

    And don't worry about us -- the longer we wait the higher your street cred rises

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    Family definitely comes first. All the best to you and your family during these difficult times.
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    Brad, thanks for sharing. Most of us have had to (or will have to) deal with our parents' (or parents-in-laws') health issues at one time or another. I'm learning through my own experiences with my parents that there are few institutional support systems for older people with health issues and their caregiver children. Your priorities are in the right place, and I hope that those waiting for one of your beautiful ukuleles will understand this.

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    They would like to hear about that caregiver. Might keep something worse from happening to the next person she works with.
    http://www.seattle.gov/police/safety...se/default.htm

    Wishing you all the best and sounds like you and your family are doing what is best.

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    Our thoughts are with you and your wife. Mom was grandpa's caregiver and even with the help of wonderful hospice nurses, it was a hellish situation. Having a situation like your wife's on top of that... it's all just too much. I'm sure your customers will understand.

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