“It was twenty years ago today,25 YEARS AGO
Sgt. Pepper taught the band to play
They've been going in and out of style
But they're guaranteed to raise a smile.
So may I introduce to you
The act you've known for all these years …”
Patti had the briefest episode of slurred speech and numbness in her fingers.
“Probable MS?” Patti felt fine, never reoccurred. Damn the torpedoes full speed ahead.
20 YEARS AGO
November 1989 … National Zoo, Washington DC.
Thanksgiving morning, 1989, Patti awoke in a different world unable to walk, barely able to see and talk. Thanksgiving Day would end with her hospitalized with first Multiple Sclerosis exacerbation.
THREE YEARS LATER, 1992,
We were living with Multiple Sclerosis AS A FAMILY. scooter sleigh ride (1:16)
TEN YEARS LATER, 1999
"If you find there the meaning of what happiness is … Then a new life will begin”
FIFTEEN YEARS LATER, 2004
The care facility era dawns
SEVENTEEN YEARS LATER, 2006,
“it poured sweet and clear It was a very good year”
And, as of last Thanksgiving ... we’re still “guaranteed to raise a smile”
Oh yeah, along the spouse caregiver path there was one hernia surgery and my back is sore more than I admit. My first episode of Cluster Headaches occurred that original year, alas my Achilles Heel.
Yet considering that I did not even have a clue as to how I would get through that first overwhelming Thanksgiving, there really are infinite reasons to give thanks!
Thanksgiving wishes to us all, every one!
Caregivingly Yours, Patrick Leer
web site: http://caregivinglyyours.com/