November 2015

It has been a crazy couple of months. If you wondered what happened to the October blog, believe me when I say, the month flew by, and with it, came some events.

My father was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease and the family is trying to figure out how to slow the progression-with little luck. He barely walks, falls often, eats with a shaking hand, softly speaks when spoken to, or at all for that matter, but sadly is aware of every little conversation about and around him….he just doesn’t have the ability to speak up on his behalf. He can only silently, with a blank gaze, look at you and stare.

My father-in-law is now walking somewhat steady with the aid of a walker. He is very confused, combative, and tired. His health has always been a concern for the family but now so even more, we worry about what caused this sudden onset of symptoms. Alzheimer’s? Maybe, but it came on so quickly. Low oxygen levels? Possible. Stroke? Probable. It seems like the only thing that appears to make sense of the quickness and decline.

The wives of these men, while just ordinary women, have taken on the role of caregiver. I am sure that in their younger years, as I see it now, they only imagined what it would be like to endure the long, stressful, and tiresome minutes keeping these men “healthy”.

Then there is my older sister. She crushed her hip on an accident pulling a log on her ATV. She is lucky to be alive. Her doctor told her that 40% of injuries like this don’t allow the patients to walk again. She is in a rehab center now and is expected to walk, with hope, in 6 months.

So I have been busy with my family. But I will enjoy all the Thanksgiving dinners: one at my parents, one at my in-laws, and another with my family gathered again in the rehab center for my sister, lying flat on a bed, to feel normal again.

My wish for you this month is to enjoy your Thanksgiving dinner, wherever you are, and with whomever you love.

Happy Thanksgiving.

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