As if it wasn't enough that the new President has declared war on the environment on the fourth day of his term, or that he still insists that there was illegal voter fraud in the election (and yet it doesn't warrant an investigation), or that his staff thinks there are such things as alternative facts. No, on top of all of that my mother has gotten quite ill.
va va va voom!" I thought she looked so good at 91 years of age. But my mom does have her health
issues and had recently been prescribed a new medication to treat her
suddenly and surprisingly high blood pressure. Well, after a just a week
or two on that medication her blood pressure still soared, so her
doctor increased the dosage. Uh-oh. Over the weekend my mom's mood
changed noticeably. She was depressed. She didn't get dressed or go down
to the dining room for meals. She sounded vague on the telephone.
mom was supposed to have a follow-up PET scan on Tuesday morning for
her Follicular Lymphoma. My twin brother drove down from Santa Cruz on
Monday to be with her and take her for the test. When he arrived she
didn't really recognize him. She was not communicative with him or my
sister. And things only got worse.
At 12:30 am Tuesday
morning, my brother woke to find my mom in the living room, heading out
the front door into the hallway of the assisted living facility. She
said she was going out there to get her bathrobe. He had to bring her
back into the apartment. He called my sister and they agreed that she
should go immediately to ER. Her confusion was quite profound. It took
several hours for her to be able to answer questions correctly. They
did a CT scan and determined that she had not had a stroke or a TIA.
Her blood pressure was sky high, so she took a double dose when she got
home from the hospital and went to sleep.
When she woke
up, she was back in the confused state. She couldn't remember my
father's name (the love of her life). She tried again to go out the
front door of the apartment, this time to find her hamper. And later in the day,
she hallucinated chickens out her window.
We think all
of this can be attributed to a terrible side effect of her new blood
pressure medication. We're hoping that once it is out of her system she
will regain her memory and her sense of reality. Until then, we are all
frantic and full of despair over this sudden decline in her health.
Saturday, just before things went terribly awry she said to me on the
phone, "You know he's going to make things so bad. I'm not going to live
to see it, but you will, Robin. Please, when I'm gone say out loud to
me what he has done," I told her that I would. I said I would even write
it down in my journals for her." She knew exactly what that meant.
So yeah, the new President is just adding more pain to our already broken hearts.
Thank you for listening, friends.