It looks like I get to get another year older! Yeah!
This year, I am taking my mother to Ruskin to pick strawberries and maybe some other fresh food to celebrate the big day. In addition, we’ll be enjoying the free hydroponics class at 1pm. Check it out: http://hydroharvestfarms.com/
I am very grateful to be able to celebrate my birthday with my Mom this year, because I’m pretty sure I almost lost her last month. To understand it, you have to know a little bit about my mother. First, you have to know that she is an “off the boat” German who immigrated to North America in 1957. She comes with all the stubborn, hard-working attributes that you expect from a German immigrant. I hate to admit it, but I get much of those same attributes from her. Not only do I succeed when I set my mind to it, but I excel when it matters to me. Hence, my Honors BA and the Master’s degree.
But I digress! Back to my mother. She is now 79 years old. Up until last week, when everyone she cared about was telling her to “do” something about her illness, she had not been to a doctor for over 25 years. She firmly believes that doctors are generally unnecessary as the body will heal itself and hospitals are evil places where sick people go to die and healthy people get sick. She is ok with natural and alternative medical practices but generally distains modern medicine.
So, last month she caught the creeping crap that was going around. You know the one that was putting some people in the hospital and killing others? In any case, she tried and tried to get rid of it until the morning she woke up unable to get a breath. She said she thought she was going to die. She was coughing constantly and was unable to get any rest or a full breath. She sounded like death, warmed over. Even my good chicken soup and two full bottles of brandy didn’t faze it! Finally, after my sister and I begged and pleaded, she agreed to see a doctor. She is on antibiotics for the first time in forever, so they are highly effective. It’s good news! She feels better and the cough is going away.