I had the day off work today, but it wasn’t for anything fun, unfortunately. My mom has cataracts, and today was the consultation to set up her surgery.
Luckily, I have a sister who splits up appointments with me, since Mom can’t take herself anymore. Today was quite the marathon. We spent about three hours in the office, so I had plenty of time to ponder life, the universe, and everything (bonus points if you got that reference).
Our family has a lovely history of complicated medical issues, combined with a total disregard for getting any of them addressed. When my mom was diagnosed with diabetes several years back, my late mother-in-law sat her down for a stern talking to.
Mother in law had been on dialysis for years, due to a severe viral infection that wrecked her kidneys, and she flatly told mom that, if she didn’t get her shit together, they’d end up side by side.
Thankfully, my mother in law could be absolutely terrifying when necessary, so mom has done a much better job taking care of herself. However, diabetes, even well controlled, makes everything more difficult.
Hence the hours long consult today.
I’m sure things will work out fine, I’ll be there and my sister will keep on her too.
Worst case scenario, we’ll have Girl Child guilt trip her.
And I’ve learned plenty about the importance of breaking the cycle and making sure I go to the doctor. Even when I don’t feel like it.
Have a great weekend, folks!