Gut Rumbles

January 29, 2006

Makes me sad

I went to visit my 94 year-old grandmother today. A few weeks ago, she had an operation on her eyes to try to stop the process of macular degeration that is stealing her vision. The operation didn't do any good.

Got-dammit, that just ain't right.

Mommie will be 95 on May 23rd (she and my brother share the same birthday) and even though she is old and frail, she still motors around pretty good on her own and she's still sharp as a tack upstairs. But she's no longer able to work crossword puzzles, read her large-print magazines or watch her "stories" (soap operas) on television anymore. She told me that she has only two blurred pinpoints of vision now and everything outside of those pinpoints is black.

Even the pinpoints will go black eventually. That really sucks.

I keep telling myself that Mommie is a lucky woman. She has lived a long life already, raised fine sons and daughters and is loved deeply by many people, including ME. She's still able to live on her own, in her own home and sleep in her own bed. She's not alone--- she has family to do whatever she can't. Everybody should be so fortunate.

But dammit, she's going blind. That's a cruel twist of fate for a woman so filled with light.

It makes me sad.


Growing old sucks. It really does.

Posted by: Dean Esmay on January 29, 2006 09:36 PM

That sucks. Has she tried audiobooks? That will help fill the time when she doesn't have family or friends around to keep her occupied.

Posted by: Roger Ritter on January 29, 2006 09:39 PM

Sucks doubly bad 'cause u see her as such a go-getter even at HER age.
Hell! I hope I'm HALF as spry at that age, IF I live that long.
She's lived a good life, Rob. We all grow old.

Posted by: Lil Toni on January 29, 2006 10:06 PM

That does suck. Mommie is such an awesome lady. Hugs to all of you.

Posted by: livey on January 29, 2006 10:12 PM

My neighbor Ruth has that same problem. She has been having some shots the last few weeks that are really helping. Has that been tried on Mommie?

Sorry 'bout that bad mojo. :~(

Posted by: Wes Jackson on January 30, 2006 02:01 AM

I was thinking audiobooks, too. Also, check this link - maybe there's something for her here?

I'm sorry to hear about her vision loss.

Posted by: c_g on January 30, 2006 08:41 AM

Growing old sucks.

Sure does. The only thing worse is the alternative.

Posted by: McGehee on January 30, 2006 01:49 PM

"That's a cruel twist of fate for a woman so filled with light." - I believe she has passed the light to you.

Posted by: Bonita on January 30, 2006 03:44 PM

Yes, it is sad - but how wonderful that she will always have those last visions of a loving and caring family. Those are sights she'll always see in her mind.

Posted by: heather on January 30, 2006 07:53 PM
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