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Warrior Woman en Vieux

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

I've not been on Sparks in awhile as there's been s plethora of events happening that needed my attentions.

This is just a capsule but I'll preface with I will be back here shortly.
I almost lost my mother 3 weeks ago. She is 99 years old and had a bout of pneumonia several weeks ago that they seem not to be able to eradicate. She was in the hospital for quite some time. Mother is now in hospice as there is nothing medically they can do for her, but she's a trooper.

She now has congestive heart failure, fluid in her lungs and recently emphysema although she has never smoked in her life. Eventually her hear will give out. But this warrior woman has all her faculties, her determination and downright stubborness defies the odds. She she can talk & even sit up for a few minutes in a wheelchair but can only talk for a few minutes without total exhaustion. I got a chance to spend a few days with her as at one point we thought the end was drawing near, but she rallied again.

And there I was in the middle of a project that upon completion, I would have a chance to reboot my career, but Mother took and still takes priority.

Then Sunday morning, I learned the last remaining elder man in the family passed away at 90. He and my mother were 1st cousins and was closed. So my mother is now officially the last remaining family member of her generation & the matriach. We have 7 living generations.

4 days upon my return from seeing her I was rushed to the hospital with what intially thought was a heart attack.

It was not. My heart has always been strong. It was pure unadulterated stress causing my MS to flare.

I got a physical I wasn't planning on having. As a sidebar with the exception that I came to realized over the last 4 years I've gain 75 lbs! Every bit I had released and some. I now weigh in at 325... Never did I think I would see that number. If you don't think stress can accelrate weight gain, I got news for you.

I, though defied the odds, no cholesterol, diabetes etc that normally is associated with obesity. My BP was indeed high but considering this last month it is not surprising.

But all things considering, knowledge is indeed power and now it is time to put some things into place. And do it now. I'll be back shortly but wanted to update since there's been many who have queried & thank you so so much for thinking of me.
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  • AMBER281
    You have been through a lot. Take all the time you need. We will be here upon your return!
    1730 days ago
    You have been through a lot, my heart goes out to you, and some prayers as well. Stay strong, and I agree with the previous post that you need to take good care of yourself. One day at a time.

    1734 days ago
    It's great hearing about the history of your family. My husband's grandparents are still with us at 97 and 98 years old. Dementia has set in with grandma and grandpa is losing his sight, but still they carry on and it's a joy to see that my step-daughter has both of her great grandparents still living. She is now 23 years old.

    I'm glad to hear that you didn't have a heart attack! And sorry to hear that you have gained some weight, but as you know, it's possible to lose it again.
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    1734 days ago
    I hope you take good care of yourself and are back to full speed quickly. So sorry to read about your mother and the loss of another relative. Take care. emoticon
    1734 days ago
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