One factor results in one other

Thanks, everybody, to your sort phrases and nicely needs throughout the previous two weeks. I admire them. We have been tying up free ends associated to Duane’s life and loss of life, and we’re almost completed with the whole lot.

  • Duane’s memorial service is that this Sunday. I have been gathering images from relations, and have put collectively a slide present of recollections. After the memorial service is over, the ultimate free finish shall be his monetary accounts. We’re prepped to deal with these, nonetheless, and are simply ready on the loss of life certificates.
  • One among my rooms downstairs is stuffed with Duane’s collections of historic cash and Magic: The Gathering playing cards. The cash are a thriller to me. I watched as he collected them over time, however I by no means bothered to be taught something about them. Why would I? Now, I want I might paid consideration. The playing cards, then again, I can deal with. There are many of them — my guess is a minimal of 168,000 playing cards and maybe twice that quantity — and so they’re largely unorganized, which implies I’ve months of labor forward of me so as to promote them. However I perceive the sport and I perceive collectibles, so that is all inside my ken. It is simply loads of work.
  • Kim and I’ve determined not to undertake any extra of Duane’s fish. This was a troublesome choice. Duane very a lot wished me to take his fish, particularly the 19 Mbuna cichlids. And there is part of me that wishes to have them. They’d be enjoyable. It might honor his reminiscence. However I additionally know that the fish could be a trouble, that they do not match with our long-term plans. So, if no one else within the household needs them we’ll donate the fish to a pet retailer, then promote or donate the fish gear.

Issues have been sophisticated barely as a result of I bought sick. Duane’s prolonged household was passing round a nasty chilly for a lot of April, and I managed to catch it the day after he died. It laid me low for a number of days. (And now, at this very second, Kim is house sick from work with the identical chilly.) Happily, it is not COVID.

Issues have additionally been sophisticated as a result of my mom’s well being points have lately reached a form of disaster.

Extra Adventures with Hospice

Final week, simply days after my cousin Duane died, the reminiscence director at Joyful Acres contacted us. “We expect it is best to think about putting your mom in hospice,” she stated.

I used to be gobsmacked. Why?

Mother has been affected by undiagnosed reminiscence points for over a decade, and he or she struggles with each anemia and diabetes. However these are all power situations. She would not have a terminal analysis. Why would she want hospice?

The previous ten days have modified my thoughts.

Mother has misplaced fifteen kilos throughout the previous month. She now not reveals a lot curiosity in meals (besides milkshakes). Her power digestion points proceed, as do her power urinary tract infections. Now, she’s shedding the flexibility to stroll. She’s begun to fall. For the reason that center of April, she’s had 4 E.R. journeys because of falling. She seems like she’s been in a brawl.

Mom after her falls

And, as of this week, Mother has begun experiencing incontinence. All that is to say that I’ve overcome my resistance to the concept that she must be in hospice. Possibly she ought to. It may’t harm, and perhaps it is going to assist.

The docs are nonetheless mystified as to precisely what is going on on with my mom. One big barrier to analysis is that she is actually non-verbal. If Mother has a robust emotion, she will be able to talk. After we had been driving her house an appointment the opposite day, she croaked, “Burgerville.” She wished a milkshake. If I present her images or video of her cat (the cat that Kim and I’ve adopted), Mother brightens. “That is my child,” she says as she holds my cellphone.

Largely, although, she says nothing.

She hardly responds to questions. Generally she’ll nod or shake her head or smile, however largely she presents no response. (My sister-in-law took her to a physician’s appointment final week. Steph says that Mother stated nothing for the complete journey besides one phrase after they bought again within the automobile: “cashews”. She knew Steph had cashews within the automobile.)

As a result of Mother doesn’t (can not? won’t?) inform us what she’s pondering or feeling or experiencing, all we and the docs can do is act on what we observe. They’ve run exams to find why she’s been vomiting blood for the previous six months, however they’ve discovered nothing amiss. Similar with the UTIs. Similar with the reminiscence points.

“Look, I do know that is irritating,” her physician informed me throughout a one-hour video name in February. “And I want we had some solutions for you. Belief me after I say, nonetheless, that each one of those exams are useful. They might not inform us what’s mistaken, however they permit us to rule out many doable issues.”

And so right here we’re immediately. At the moment, my brother and I signed the paperwork to confess Mother into hospice care. We do not imagine she’ll die anytime quickly, however we additionally know that the assisted dwelling facility is not outfitted to ship her to the emergency room six to eight occasions every month. It is unreasonable to anticipate that.

With hospice, Mother may have a nurse go to two or 3 times every week. Each time one thing occurs that may in any other case ship her to the E.R. — she vomits blood, she falls, and so forth. — a hospice nurse shall be to her inside half an hour to verify the whole lot is okay.

I will admit that there is part of me (a large a part of me) that wishes to maneuver Mother in with me and Kim. We’ve the area. She might have the complete downstairs to herself, and he or she might be reunited along with her beloved cat. Plus, I’ve simply spent two months offering hospice look after my cousin, so I’ve a tough concept of what to anticipate.


I additionally acknowledge this stays a poor concept. It was a poor concept a decade in the past. It was a poor concept final 12 months. It is a poor concept now. It is a poor concept each time it happens to me.

Mother wants skilled care. Duane’s state of affairs was completely different. He was a wholesome younger(-ish) man on the finish of his life. Mother is an older girl whose well being has been declining for greater than a decade. The employees of the assisted dwelling facility know her and look after her. They’ve coaching that I do not. So, I will let go of the concept that she ought to stay with us…for now.

So A lot To Do

I do not anticipate that Mother’s state of affairs would require as a lot time and a focus as Duane’s did. We’re paying $7000 per thirty days for skilled professionals to offer her the absolute best care. Nonetheless, I anticipate to commit in the future every week to her.

In the meantime, there’s a lot that I need (or want) to get executed in different corners of my world. My life has been on maintain for nearly three months now. I am desirous to resume it. There are loads of large tasks looming on the horizon:

  • I am fats and wish to get match. I joined a neighborhood gymnasium right here in Corvallis in the midst of February. I exercised there 4 occasions earlier than I started spending most of my time with Duane. I wish to start exercising once more. Actually, I need my bodily health to turn into my high precedence for the rest of the 12 months.
  • Kim and I had meant to do a few landscaping tasks this spring. One venture — a facet fence — is essential to her. One other — landscaping the entrance yard — is essential to me. I’ve had no time to begin on these (or different) chores, however I wish to accomplish that earlier than the bottom turns laborious for the summer time.
  • I’ve drastic plans for Get Wealthy Slowly. (Drastic however good.) I’ve written 5000+ phrases about my thought course of however the quick model is that this: I hate what the trendy web has turn into. I detest it. And I am unhappy that Get Wealthy Slowly is a few small a part of that. I wish to strip this web site of most (all?) promoting, undertake a minimalist format, and revert to one thing nearer to the running a blog fashion I used twenty years in the past. In order for you me to write down solely about cash, you will be disillusioned. In the event you’re a kind of who’s blissful to learn any of my musings (monetary or in any other case), you will be happy. Once more, I might began shifting this route in January and February earlier than getting derailed by Duane’s state of affairs. I want to seek out/make time to renew this work.
  • I must re-write the software program for the household field manufacturing unit. My father wrote the unique packages in 1985 utilizing an Atari ST pc. I re-wrote the packages in 1998 utilizing Visible Fundamental on a Home windows PC. Now, in 2022, it is time to write a 3rd iteration of our software program, and that is a venture that may take a few months. (One problem is that I will must be taught a brand new programming setting. I feel I will use Xojo, which can permit me to construct cross-platform apps.)
  • I wish to discover volunteering with hospice. Duane’s loss of life modified me in some very profound methods. Whereas I used to be caring for him, my melancholy and anxiousness vanished fully. (They’ve resurfaced some prior to now ten days.) The explanations for this are apparent: As everybody at all times says, probably the greatest methods to beat anxiousness and melancholy is to assist different individuals. Plus, as troublesome because it was to assist Duane die, I discovered the expertise so, so significant. Anyhow, I really feel as if I would have the ability to do some good on this world by serving to with hospice, and I wish to discover how I may also help.

In the course of the previous ten days at house, I’ve both been sick or been coping with points that require my instant consideration. I’ve had no time to dive into these deeper tasks. Now, as issues settle, I wish to pursue them within the order listed above.

Which means the primary two issues I will be engaged on are my health and our house. It’d take per week or two to get these tasks shifting, however as soon as I’ve some ahead momentum I can then resume my work on this web site. I am keen to take action! I’ve a transparent imaginative and prescient of what I need Get Wealthy Slowly to be, and I want that I might merely snap my fingers to make it occur. In actuality, I do know it’s going to be a gradual, gradual transition. The earlier I can get it began, the higher.

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