The process of aging is a rocky one in the latter years. There are ups and downs and plenty of surprises. We've decided it's the ability to roll with the punches that makes things easier. Recently, we had a chance to put it to the test at our multigenerational home in Camas, Washington.
As you know, 95-year-old mom is the focus of most days and her health and well-being are our top priority. Last week, she woke up with some symptoms indicating a mild stroke. She knew us, but couldn't say our names. Naturally, we made an emergency appointment to see her doctor.
The CAT Scan didn't show any signs of a stroke, but we are still waiting for an MRI and an eye appointment to help determine the cause of some ongoing visual disturbances. Fortunately, she's no longer struggling with names and seems as sharp as ever.
She's quite a worrier too, but as she will quickly tell you, "When you don't know what's going on with your body, it's only natural to worry." Fair enough. In the meantime, as we await tests, and test results, the attitude around here is positive and upbeat.
We're creating pleasant diversions with frequent conversations, relaxing music, and of course, making sure she doesn't miss any of her beloved sporting events on television. Anything and everything to interrupt the downward "what if" spiral.
Mom also enjoys her Facebook time as it allows her to keep up with the activities of family and friends. Facebook may be many things, but for this reason alone, we are very grateful she has the platform for more social connections. Connections are important for all of us.
Our weather has been unexpected this week too, we've had snow, clear skies with temps in the 20's, now, rain is on the way. The spring bulbs are poking through the ground, and everywhere we look are signs of Springs' renewal. The seasons come, the seasons go. Such is the rhythmic cycle of this beautiful life. We are reminded to relish each moment.