Politics is Local and Tragedies are Personal

My last post was about world apocalypse.  This is much more personal and immediate.

Yesterday, we spent several hours on the phone trying to mediate between family members and left that unresolved.  This morning I got up to turn the coffee maker on and it had stopped working.  I was fiddling with the maker trying to make it work, desperately needing a cup of coffee when the phone rang.

The nursing home called at 6:00 a.m.  There are never any good early morning calls.  When the nurse went in on rounds at 5:00 my mother-in-law could only respond, regardless of the question, “I’m 67.”  She will be 91 in a couple of weeks. Except for what is termed, expressive aphasia, she seems neurologically OK, but this has all of the appearances of a stroke.

We had planned to leave in a couple of days to make the 8 hour drive to see her, our neice and my sister and brother-in-law.  We really can’t leave before then.  The Eclipse is tomorrow.

Sue is no Betty White.  She has been blind for 20 years, deaf for 10 and bedridden for 3.  She has outlived her husband by 32 years and we have been thankful that with everything else gone her mind still worked just fine. 

She has been the family historian on L’s side, but that gift may be gone now.  I feel really bad for her; trapped in a body that has no senses and no means of expression. 

She has been transferred to the hospital in Memphis where I first worked as a pathologist.  Hopefully, she will be back at The Home and mean as ever by the time we get there.

This event brought to mind a hymn from my youth, and the admonition that hymns are supposed to be a “joyful noise unto the Lord”.

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Comment by koshersalaami on August 20, 2017 at 5:16am

The waiting must be awful. I hope she recovers. 

How do you communicate?

Comment by greenheron on August 20, 2017 at 5:39am

I'm sorry about Sue. She sounds cool. 

Comment by Rodney Roe on August 20, 2017 at 1:09pm

kosh, communication has been hard; it involved yelling into her ear and listening to her hearing aids scream.  Thanks for your concern.

greenheron, like most people she has had her good and bad points.  Cool isn't the word I would have chosen, but she was fun when we wee all young.  She and her husband could have been older siblings.  They were fifteen years older than I.  After she became widowed young and after she had to learn to manage her finances with nothing left after necessities she became less pleasant.  I gave her a "by" on that. I remember the good times.

I don't know what is going on with her.  I spoke to her nurse, but he has no frame of reference.  We will just have to "stay tuned".

Again, thanks for your comments.


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