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Sunday, June 01, 2008

Serious as a Heart Attack . . .

My Aunt Olive had yet another heart attack this past week. Now 77, she is averaging one or two heart attacks a year. I went to visit her yesterday and she really looked terrible. Usually, my aunt looks much better in the hospital than she does at home.

How can that be, you may ask.

My Aunt Olive did not get enough oxygen when she was born which greatly affected her brain. The assumption is that she is mentally retarded as a result but there well may be another diagnosis. The family has operated under the retarded diagnosis. She managed to find love, marry and have three children. The two boys are productive, hard-working citizens and the daughter, who still lives with her mother Olive, thinks the world owes her a living. Olive held down jobs throughout her life and tries to stay active in spite of progressing illness. She was outside trying to clean the pavement to her house which was covered with foliage debris and monkey balls when the latest heart attack happened.

Olive's husband worked for General Motors (40 years) and left her with a wonderful health plan. Olive gets all the medication she needs but usually doesn't take the medication or takes it irregularly so that the meds won't really help much.

I worry about her very much. I haven't seen her look so bad before and it breaks my heart. She is on oxygen right now and has been told this will have to continue after she gets home. I feel the end is near for her. I come from a very small family and losses of course make it even smaller.

Please say a prayer for my Aunt Olive.

1 comment:

Heather H. said...

This has been a tough few weeks for some and your family will be in my prayers. xo