BEING MORTAL: Medicine and What Matters in the End

ME and Lailan

Thank you to all who shared great comments for Think Beyond the Nest. Yes, we certainly are in a unique stage of life!   I know many of us are at the point in our lives where our parents are getting up there in years and may need some extra assistance – a natural part of life.   Phil and I have aging parents as well.

Oma Opa Golf
Phil’s step-mom and Dad. Golfing!

My dad passed away ten years ago. My 91 year-old mother is in a skilled nursing facility in Hawaii and is immobile and nonverbal after years of suffering with dementia and Alzheimer’s. I feel as though I have already lost my mom. It’s been tough to experience her decline, especially long distance, but she chose this facility years ago and clearly expressed a desire to stay in Hawaii. Because she made this clear and cognitive choice and made it known to her children, I feel so good knowing that is where and how she wanted to spend the rest of her life. Continue reading