Aging and Illness

My father is looking more and more exhausted with dialysis.


That's what eventually happens. 

Fatigue drains him out.



He was briefly confined in the hospital for 3 days last week.

He had trouble breathing.

The X-ray revealed fluid in his lungs despite dialysis.


As I sit and watch him sleep I can see him struggle with breathing.

He  looks uncomfortable.

 

I can think no further at this point.

He is in good hands and well cared for.

 

But old age can be unforgiving if not brutal.

 

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Stephen Evans
Aging is brutal and irremediable. But in having a daughter like you, he will see his life's worth reflected back at him every mome... Read More
Saturday, 25 April 2015 05:04
Virginia M Macasaet
Thank you Stephen for your kind words. I don't think I can ever feel that I've done enough because it seems to me that the journe... Read More
Monday, 27 April 2015 07:19
Rosy Cole
Rina, it's a harrowing time for you both. Such situations alter our perspective on life. What I've found is that while fallen Natu... Read More
Saturday, 25 April 2015 23:02
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Valentine's Day

 

Celebrating Valentine’s Day in the Philippines is like celebrating Christmas.  They’re big events!  While Christmas brings gifts, a week before Valentine’s brings all kinds of flowers but most especially red roses overflowing from the markets to flower stalls in the malls.  It’s crazy!!!

 

Restaurant reservations are difficult.  Malls are crowded with people carrying bouquets of roses.  Chocolates are abundant, all kinds of sweet stuff to puff up mostly female hearts.

 

I had lunch today with dad.  But it was a very short one.  He didn’t have much of an appetite and has the runs.  I received a message from his caregiver reporting that he vomited too.  He kept sneezing while we were together so maybe he caught a bug.

 

“ If the bathroom episodes continue and the vomiting repeats, then we take him to the hospital.”  I hope the slight “threat” gets dad feeling better soon.  He hates checking in to hospitals.

 

Meanwhile, I baked cookies, dusted the new cars and ate some cookies.  I have a bit of a headache.  I think it’s from worrying about dad.  He has the best doctors looking after him.  It’s just his old age that does not work in his favor.  Plus dialysis.

 

However, in the spirit of love and everything red today, it’s best not to panic and remain positive.  A smile, some tea to calm the nerves and maybe more cookies will do the trick!

Recent Comments
Jitu C Rajgor
I liked that you cared for your old Dad. You are a true daughter. I wish him good recovery, and happy Valentines to both of you.... Read More
Saturday, 14 February 2015 09:18
Katherine Gregor
Beautiful piece, Rina. I can sympathise with regard to your father. My mother is 80 and, after being totally healthy and indepen... Read More
Saturday, 14 February 2015 10:34
Virginia M Macasaet
Thank you Katherine, your words are comforting.
Sunday, 15 February 2015 11:22
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