Monday, July 30, 2007
Seven months ago my then 87 year old mother-in-law spent a week in the hospital, then three months living with us before we reluctantly allowed her to move back home, alone, 250 miles away from her only child. After three and a half months of such, with daily in-home assistance, and bi-weekly visits from my wife, she was hospitalized again for several days after which we moved her to a nursing home eight miles from our house. It's not what we wanted to do and it was a very difficult decision for my wife but we concluded that it was the best option. She can take care of herself much of the time, but her health can decline very easily and rapidly. She's been in the nursing home a week and a half. So far, so good. She has regained some strength and my wife sees her every day and she has spent almost every other day at our house.
In February I had an epidural to relieve leg pain caused by a nerve impinged by a ruptured disc. Also in February I started taking blood pressure medication.
In March I had back surgery. I had weakness in one leg due to the impinged nerve. I was back on my feet the next day. I have some minor residual numbness but I would say I'm 80-90% recovered. The leg weakness has been reversed.
Also in March I was invited to be on the yet-to-be created Grand Coteau planning commission. I'm a bit ambivalent about it but decided it would be a chance to be a voice for private property rights.
In April we had a work day at the family camp in Lake Arthur. I was still on limited activity due to the back surgery but I was able to help with laundry and run errands.
Also in April I attended a lecture on Islam presented by the Banners program at McNeese State University in Lake Charles. The speaker deceptively represented Islam using language that also describes Christianity. The simplest and most obvious way to differentiate the two religions is in how they were, and are, spread. Islam became the dominant religion of Arabia by means of violent conquest whereas Christianity became the dominant religion of the Roman world by the blood of the martyrs.
Also in April my friend Bobby Fontenot died, a casualty of the Vietnam war.
In May we went on an Alaska cruise. The day we returned my friend Keith Gates succumbed to pancreatic cancer.
This week we're going to Navarre Beach for our annual family beach rendez-vous. We also hope to visit a Lake Charles friend who is now stationed at the Pensacola Naval Air Station.