Monday, November 27, 2006

The only reason I would leave sunny Florida...

I will be absent from blogland for a while. I must travel to Virginia tomorrow. My 88 year old mother is ill. She lives alone and a few weeks ago she got dizzy and fell. She went to the emergency room, and they did lots of tests, but couldn't find anything wrong. She still has weakness on her right side, and can't hold anything with her right hand. It sounds to me like she had a TIA (mini-stroke). Both my brothers live in her town, but I think Mom might feel better seeing her only daughter. After all, at her age, I never know how much time she has left in this world. She has always been very independent, even when she had to have by-pass surgery in 1999. Mom has been in good health since then, until now. I got her the "life alert" several months ago. She is supposed to wear a necklace with a panic button on it. If anything happens she can push the button and help will be sent. Although, I don't know that she wears it all the time. I will make a surprise visit because if I tell her that I am coming she will try to clean house and go to the grocery! My mom is always doing for others, and I know she hates to feel helpless. I hope I can go up there and get her set up with some home health care. It is hell to get old. I will miss you, my blog buddies, I will be back in about a week or ten days. I used to drive up, about a 16-18 hour drive, straight through, but that was when I was younger. This time I will fly - takes under three hours.

7 comments:

Motherkitty said...

Sorry to hear that your mother is ill. We will miss you while you are off to VA taking care of your mom. I certainly hope you get home health set up for her and that your visit is a good one. I'm sure she will be very, very happy to see her daughter.

Take care and I will check back frequently to see if you have posted an update. Be safe on your trip.

Bob said...

hope everything turns out OK with your mum good luck

Abandoned in Pasadena said...

Tuff...I'm sorry to hear that your mother is ill. I know she will be very happy to see you. Take care and well catch you when you return.

susan said...

It sounds like she needs to visit sunny Florida! Just bring her home with you and your kids will keep her entertained, she can bask in the sun and putter around the yard. Don't all retired people move to Florida?

jellyhead said...

Tuff, sorry that your mother has been unwell. Hope you both enjoy your visit, even in the current circumstances. I bet she'll be so happy to see her daughter :)

Let us know how your mother is when you can.

Kerri said...

Tuff, I'm so sorry to hear about your mom. Seeing you will be just the tonic she needs. We'll look forward to hearing from you when you return. I hope it's good news!
Give your mom lots of hugs! (I know you will).

Eternally Curious said...

Very sorry to hear of your mum's difficulties, Tuff, but I am glad you'll be with her. While you're busy taking care of her, be sure to take care of yourself too. We need our Tuff!