For all of us who have worries about our parents, I just wanted to share things about my Mom.
When she was 54, she was diagnosed with angina and it was good that she was younger than 55 because the research then said that the medicines could decrease the chance of a heart attack.
Well, they did because she had a mild heart attack when she was 71. Since then, she has other problems with her heart. Nothing that a pacemaker and a double by-pass didn't cure.
When Mom was 78, she couldn't talk and the doctors found 2 benign brain tumors on the covering of her brain. The one at the base of her neck was the size of a tennis ball and the one on the top of her brain was the size of a plum. She lived through the operation. I went back east to be with her and the nurses nicely let me stay in ICU because I didn't make any noise and I was from CA. When I had to leave to go back home, I told Mom that I loved her and she said I love you too. The nurses were happy but told me that sometimes patients only talk once because of something so deep-rooted. Mom did not really talk for 3 months after that. I guess you never can tell your kids how much you love them.
In the past few years, Mom has developed macular degeneration and her hearing is not so good.
But, you know what? I can still have a conversation with her. Her brain is just fine and she can laugh and understand jokes. Even though she lives on the property with my aunt and cousins, she can still clean her cottage.
My Mom told me when I was little that she would not live to see the 21st century. I told her that she would and called her that new year's and said see I told you!
So I told her that we are coming in October and we are looking forward to seeing her. I hope that it works for October and beyond like it worked for the 21st century. And then we have her 1st grandchild, Jenny, graduating May 31st when we will see her again.
Here is the picture of my cousin, Lynnie my Mom, me, Jenny and Aunt Lotty