With much flurry, I emailed my blog subscribers that the Spring Clean Your Body series would be extended through June….then I got the call that my mother had colon cancer. After several nights of tossing and turning about the tossing and turning events of life, I headed to Sanford, North Carolina to the Parkview Retirement Community. The day after arriving, I got mom out of the hospital (no easy task) and into a rehab hospital one hour away in Pittsboro (also no easy task). After a Dairy Queen treat with my dad, we settled down for a few wellness moments of story telling. With my handy Flip video camera I pressed the red record button and dad reminisced.
Even though he has dementia, he can recall old stories with a good deal of accuracy. But at this stage in life, accuracy is less important. In fact, if someone asks what he had for lunch and he doesn’t remember, he’ll make something up. That’s pretty smart. An accurate account of life is over rated when you have dementia or when you’re listening to a story you’ve never heard before.
The next day I took him to the emergency room for congestive heart failure. After a stay in ICU, he was released – so glad to go home—read the paper, take a nap, read Time magazine, take a nap, watch Larry King or CNN, take a nap, eat dinner, take a nap, and then go to bed. It gets simple for old folks. And complicated for their kids.
So here’s a peek into my dad’s life the day before hospitalization. He tells stories about his 44 years of selling on the road.