“How was your holiday?” everyone has been asking.
I usually answer vaguely, “It was interesting…”
As you know from my last post the Christmas holiday began with my wedding anniversary which meant a trip to the cemetery and commemorating my wife’s death. Dad’s physical state declined to the point that I wondered whether he was going to live through the end of the month. Several times I came close to calling in family to say good-bye.
Christmas Day my daughter dislocated her elbow. Two words “tram” – “poline”. Nuff said!
The fact that we were at a medical professional’s house when this happened is the only thing that saved us from a Christmas afternoon in the ER. After Christmas we did the rounds of x-rays, MRI’s, etc before she starts physical therapy.
Physically I saw some slight improvement in Dad, which has led me to hold off the family call to my sister but Mom’s mental state is declining. For the first time she is becoming verbally incoherent. Not all of the time but increasingly I’m having a hard time making out individual words.
Overall the kids have classified this as a very good holiday. Even my daughter, arm in a sling, has mostly been happy.
I’m writing this from the ER. My Dad had a seizure this morning and for a while was unresponsive at the nursing home. He was rushed to the hospital and I was contacted. He’s stable now and we should get released soon.
I know not to predict outcomes. Dad could be with us for some time to come but after the deaths of my wife and brother…
I’m going to call my sister tonight.