My mom has Parkinsons and some other stuff. She’s on so many medications that anything she feels it’s hard to tell if it’s real or side effect. Last fall she ended up with sepsis and it was very very close to killing her. ICU for a week, then rehab for 3. She couldn’t even sit up unassisted while in ICU but she took it upon herself to get stronger and last weekend she walked a mile in 20 minutes (a “dog walking pace”) as part of some fundraiser – no walker, no cane, no support. It’s quite a comeback - it’s amazing and I’m so proud of her.
This is a bittersweet victory. Against the advice of many, I spent the last week after the death concentrating solely on others. And it worked. My fam is still grieving, but my mother has been laughing when I talk to her on the phone and sees a constructive way forward. She put her life on hold for others when shit was going down, and now others have done the same for her and my family.
The generosity has been overwhelming. She taught me those values, and now she reaps the windfall of goodwill she had sewn all her life.
We got two free mini tablets from Verizon about two years ago, and I set them aside after minimally using one for my classes (The Great Gatsby audio). I finally got them out of the closet and charged them. Woo-hoo! I seriously feel like I conquered some serious procrastination.
in the minor victory column…
while I haven’t been ‘working’ since the 3rd my official end date is tomorrow and that has all been paid time.
i manged to earn vacation up to a full week and will be getting 5 weeks severance. so yay.
I think it depends on the day. Sometimes I’m like, “yay, I don’t look my age” and sometimes it’s like “Oh, you don’t think I’m an adult, huh?” Depends on the mood.
Actually I’ve been getting white hairs (like my dad’s mom) and kind of like them. However, I still am probably going to color my hair next week when I go for a (long overdue) hair cut. I was thinking actually going purple and grey…