I am departing for the wine country on Tuesday to spend a week with my mother. Her health is continuing to decline and just recently has taken a dramatic downturn. She has been in the hospital with swollen feet, which turned out to be heart failure. When she was admitted to the ER, her red blood count was 4.8 - normally it should be 12-16. It took 4 units of blood to normalize her red count.
She is home now - a friend from San Francisco happened to be visiting when all this took place and stayed with her for a week after she came home. I stayed here in Minnesota as I knew there was more to come. The low blood count is from intestinal bleeding - she is having a colonoscopy on Thursday - I will there to help her prepare for the procedure and be with her for a few days after.
This whole incident has seemed to take a lot out of her and all of a sudden, she sounds elderly - it is very sobering. My mom has always been so active, so young at heart, and so stubborn. She seems to be heading for less independence.
This is part of life - I am glad to be going home for this next week. I will have web access, as I use the neighbor's wireless connection, I can access it from mom's kitchen. We have no idea what is ahead - but isn't that just life. Live in the moment, it's the only one you have for sure.