Thursday, February 5, 2009
Close to Nowhere
• Last Friday I was supposed to spend the day with Jane in Batesville at a quilt class. I’d taken off work, paid my fees and was very excited. I love quilting classes.
Instead, I spent the day in Memphis, taking my brother to the eye doctor.
It is not normal for either brother to ask me to go with him to the doctor. In fact, it’s the opposite. Who wants to be caught having their big sister taking them to the doctor? It is just not masculine at all!
It all started the Saturday before. Dennis was supposed to come down to our daughter’s house, next door to our house, to help paint Mere’s bedroom.
One of her Christmas presents from her Pop and me was a room makeover -- horse border, horse cut-outs and the walls painted purple, pink and neon green. There is a horse quilt in the process for said room and heaven only knows what kind and color of curtains she’ll want. Thankfully, I don’t have to sleep in there!
But, back to the original story -- Dennis called me that Saturday morning and said his vision was too blurry to drive on the expressway. He was scared and so was I.
He called an emergency eye doctor and was told he’d have to wait to come in Monday. He actually got an appointment on Tuesday and he got the scare of my life!
“She” told him that his left eye was hemorrhaging and was gone and his right eye was next. Then, she sent him for a physical.
The doctor on Wednesday told him that he had high blood pressure, high cholesterol and diabetes.
Strangely, I felt better when I heard that diagnosis. I was sure that the diabetes was a contributing factor.
By Friday, Dennis was a total wreck. His vision wasn’t any better and his nerves were totally shot. The lady at the emergency eye doctor had scared him stiff!
The eye specialist ran tests that Dennis or I had never been through before (both of us have terrible vision and are way off the eye charts). He even had an angiogram.
We were both relieved with the eye specialist’s diagnosis! His vision can return to normal (for us) if he’ll get the diabetes, high blood pressure and high cholesterol under control.
After the eye doctor, we went to Huey’s in downtown Memphis. Dennis is an avid hamburger devotee and I was worried.
He ordered a grilled tuna salad with raspberry tomato vinagrette dressing! And, even more astounding, he ate it all and really enjoyed it!
I called for a report Monday and got good news. His blood sugar levels are coming down nicely and he actually feels better.
• My sister Jackie lives in Missiouri -- she has been without power more than a week now. At 82, and recovering from a heart by-pass, she’d been living in a back room with a small heater until she was able to get to her other sister’s house near Cape Girardeau.
God bless the utilities workers from everywhere who are there helping her and the rest of the frozen folks!
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