Out with the old…Thank God

For the most part, Amy and I will not be sad to see 2010 depart us. This has been one hell of a year: my mother’s declining health, broken hip and eventual move to an assisted living facility; the discovery that I have been walking around for 35 years with a degenerating spinal cord that […]

A valuable, but bittersweet, Christmas

Amy, my brother and I spent an important Christmas with my mother at her assisted-living facility today — a bittersweet celebration tinged with the reality of her increasingly declining health. It is both heartwarming and enjoyable to see her eyes light up when she opens a gift for herself but also heartbreaking when you realize […]

A beautiful morning

Slept soundly last night, my first prolonged night of uninterrupted sleep in weeks. Some pain from the back and legs but nothing intolerable.   Woke up, took Valium — my current muscle relaxer — and laid back down while the drug eased the tightness in my muscles.  I’m currently weaning myself off he drugs that have […]

A heart-breaking setback

As late as Tuesday night, we looked forward to Wednesday as a banner day when we would move my 86-year-old and increasingly immobile mother from rehab into an assisted living facility as the next step in her recovery from a fall at home six weeks ago. Then the phone rang before dawn Wednesday. Instead of […]

Carilion, we have a problem

From the time my mother’s housekeeper found her unconscious on the floor of her home, a team of medical professionals moved quickly to save her life. The Floyd County Rescue Squad responded swiftly and stabilized her. They were concerned about an erratic heartbeat and sky-high blood pressure and got her to the Carilion New River […]