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Journal 02-21-2015

Good morning or whatever part of the day it is for you. Today is Saturday February 21, 2015. The temperature is 57.6°F and the humidity is 78% at 4:58 a.m. PST (-8 GMT). Weather Underground shows sustained winds at 0 with gusts of 1.6 mph. It was partly cloudy when I stuck my head out this morning. A single star shone back at me. Weather Underground is predicting a 0% chance of precipitation and a high of 69 today.

When I got back from my drive yesterday, we went up to Mr. Siduri’s mom’s. It takes about half an hour to 45 minutes, depending on traffic. We were going to take her to lunch then take care of some banking for her. When we got there, she was unable to stand from her chair because of dizziness. She was pale and barely able to speak louder than a whisper. She was also quite nauseous but didn’t throw up. She’d been having chest pains earlier, had called the assisted living people in the retirement home where she lives who brought her nitroglycerin. As I understand her narrative, she then when to call again for assistance, fell, made her way to the chair but was unable to see the numbers on the phone. It’s difficult to say how long she’d been in the chair before we got there. She apparently was not hurt in the fall—which is good, because she breaks ribs easily.

Mr. Siduri called an ambulance, which arrived within minutes. They couldn’t have been any quicker if they’d been downstairs in the lobby.

So we sat with her in the emergency room. I got a fair amount of reading done. It was hours before she was seen by a doctor though gods know they ran every test and drew blood. Even then, the doctor was there for about five minutes. He admitted her immediately, though.

This is her fourth emergency room visit in barely two months. It’s frightening and stressful, and that’s just for us. I don’t imagine it’s much fun for her, either. At 92, a cancer survivor, with a number of chronic health problems and recent cognitive impairments, she’s growing more fragile.

Mr. Siduri was able to take care of some of her banking stuff in the middle of all the goings on. In the midst of everything though, I couldn’t help but wonder how long she would have sat unable to move in her chair if Mr. Siduri and I hadn’t happened to be coming.


Writing schedule:

1. Continue reading Teresa of Avila .

2. Spend an hour with Siegfried

3. Write up interview with Jeff

4. Review something for Examiner.

5. Review a ghost story.


©2015 Denise Longrie

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