Friday, April 30, 2010

Still At It

I just spent time with Mom and Dad, giving my brother a badly needed break so he and his could just get away. Dad is doing surprisingly well and Mom is conscious and able to carry on something of a conversation, but the conversation is like reading Alice in Wonderland as the words and sentences make sense but the entire conversation doesn't. There seems to be no continuity in what she is talking about; each sentence seems to be part of a separate chain of thought. It's disconcerting to say the least.

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Appears as a Slight Improvement

Mom has regained consciousness and is heavily doped up. She recognized me and Skip and could tell us her dog's name but she is very confused. She does not understand that she is in the hospital and asked us several times where she was and why she was there.

The prayers being offered up are much appreciated.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Not Good

I am not sure how much longer Mom is going to be alive.

I saw her last night and while she wasn't really conscious but she grasped my hand and refused to let go. It's hard seeing her with all those tubes in her nose, mouth and throat; she hardly even looks like herself.

Yesterday was my Dad's birthday and this was not the best birthday present he could get. My brother has moved Dad into his house which is good. Mom has been borderline competent at best for some time.

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Late Night/Early Morning

It's just shy of 5 AM and the phone rang about a half hour ago. It was my brother who lives near Mom and Dad. I feared the worst. It wasn't as bad as it could be but it was bad enough.

In the last week Mom has had a pacemaker put in and now she is again in ICU. It's strange that we spend all this time worrying about Dad and he could outlive Mom. She was alright last time I spoke to her but she quit breathing. She is stable right now but for how long? The doctors and nurses are not talking death but I really believe it's near for both of them.

I have to work tomorrow PM and then I guess I head back up.

I can't sleep now and decided to get on line. I wanted to yesterday but my ISP was out for some reason. I just realized that a couple of years ago I spent three or four hours a day on line, but I don't think I've spent that much time on line in the last two weeks combined. Plus I am getting new glasses so I can read longer without getting a headache which will be a big plus as well. (Right now if I read for more than half an hour or so I get a headache. Kind of limits all sorts of reading.)

I'm definitely not happy with most of the news I'm seeing but I'm feeling a bit of optimism. Obama right now is batting about .050 in getting things right but the Tea Party movement has given me new hope that perhaps America is waking up. I don't know if I want her for president but if you judge a person solely by who hates them then Sarah Palin has a lot going for her; the people who hate her and are terrified of her are the people that I want to see completely out of power. That's not the same as wanting her in the White House as I don't know if she is up to the job. She is however an important symbol for the forces of freedom, justice and simple goodness.

As I was contemplating what to say next my brother called. Mom is stable but we may have to put her in a nursing home. For now he is moving Dad to his house later today which would be easier on everyone. Mom is stable but she is on a ventilator and is in an induced coma. I kind of wonder if I have spoken to my Mother for the last time. If so I will have regrets as I really did not expect things to fall apart this fast.

Monday, April 05, 2010


I just saw Clash of the Titans and while it wasn't bad, it wasn't good either. The only big improvement was the special effects and Medusa.

What was worse?

I didn't like the story line as well as the original movie. Both movies wandered a long ways from the original myths, movies always do, but this one seemed to wander a bit further. Actually it just didn't have the charm of the original.

The new Andromeda wasn't as stunningly attractive as the original.

I was also put off by the Humanistic outlook of the screenplay. Badly put off. It by itself almost ruined the movie for me. I have seen Humanistic movies that I was able to enjoy but this was so ham-fisted in it's worldview that it was actually very distracting.

They say man does not need a God. I remember that great line from Superman Returns:

You say that mankind does not need a savior and yet, every day I hear them crying for one.