Wednesday, May 22, 2013
Might Have to Cancel Trip to See Peter Gabriel Concert
My Mom received a bad diagnosis. Really bad. How bad? I'm not sure what the actual medical terms are, but after the doctor said, "Her spine is disintegrating," I couldn't think of much to say.
There's not much that can be done, except long and excruciating spinal surgeries. Paralysis is highly possible in her near future. She already is house-bound, cannot use the bathtub, cannot put on her own socks, cannot drive any more and can walk only a few minutes a day -- with a walker or cane. She cannot walk without assistance.
Mom says I should still go on the trip in October. Two neighbors said they'd check in on her while I'm gone but I'm not sure if I should go. Facing a beloved family member's medical crisis (and her eventual mortality) puts things sharply into perspective.