June 2/14 I have been on "holidays" for a week. Al went into respite on Monday May 26 and I will pick him up the day after I fly home tomorrow. It is fabulous! I feel rested, relaxed! I am having a good time and enjoying my family and site seeing a bit without constantly looking for Al, watching Al, wondering what Al is doing if he is out of my site for more than 5 minutes. I was very anxious about it but did a test run at the facility last month. I have sent his regular support staff every day including weekends so Al can go out for a good walk, out for coffee etc. As he typically walks at least 8 km a day I knew that being rapped inside would be terrible for him. each day staff texts me and says he is fine so I feel good about my plan and my decision. There is no doubt that I wish the old Al would have been able to come and enjoy sites. He would have loved the wine tasting! He loved to travel and could make a simple day trip a holiday. I miss him. But I miss him every day at home too and I know he cannot differentiate between Niagra Falls and the lake he walks around every day. So I am enjoying myself and am looking forward to picking him up on Wednesday.