Friday, March 13, 2009

Mother-in-law update.

Many of you have sent well wishes for my Mother-in-law via e-mail and in blog comments.  I want to take this opportunity to say thank you for your love and concern.  As some of you know I went to the Seattle area last January to be the primary caregiver for Margaret.  She is 93 years old and still able to live in the Shoreline home she built in 1940!  But recently she has needed live in assistance and that's where I came in.  (My wife is a college teacher working this semester and I am retired, so......)  

I moved to Shoreline.  Margaret and I did just fine up until the middle of February when it seemed she had come down with a low grade pneumonia.  For several weeks she became weaker and more out of breath to where the decision was finally made by her doctor to send her to the University of Washington Hospital.  During her four days in the hospital it was discovered she had a blood clot in one lung that was causing the problem.  She was put on medication to dissolve the clot and then sent to a live-in rehabilitation facility near her home.  Since she is with full time care I was no longer needed and returned to Fort Bragg.  My wife will visit mom in April and see if she is able to return home.  If so, I will return to Seattle and resume care giving.

In June my wife will finish teaching at the local college go to Seattle to be with mom through the summer and I will return to Fort Bragg.

I know, I know, it sounds quite convoluted but it works.  Mom is slowly making progress but not near capable of doing what she was doing February 2nd when I took this photo.

Long story short...  Thanks!


  1. That is such a fabulous picture of dear Margaret! May she continue to get stronger every day.

  2. Margaret is quite the lady - courageous and considerate. And you are to be commended for lovingly caring for her. Enjoy your respite.

  3. Good to know she is making progress; that was quite a set-back. I recall this photo and felt like gosh she is doing great walking!