Dad told me over the phone, “I fell out of my chair and hit my head.”
In my mind, I went through the number of falls my dad has had since he went on a medication that causes muscle weakness and memory loss. Fear gripped my soul especially when he mentioned his various doctor appointments. I knew he would drive to them. I’ve encouraged him to ask for a ride or take a taxi for his safety and that of others. Does he do that? Probably not. Will he do that in the future? Only God knows.
I’ve questioned whether he should live alone in that big home. His response is, “The doctor hasn’t told me I can’t.”
I’ve questioned whether he should be driving. His response is, “I passed the driver’s test.”
This morning a friend sent an email that described the fall of a mutual friend’s mother. She needed surgery for a dislocated shoulder and knee surgery. She also had several broken ribs and several lacerations. Would that be my dad next?
If your parents are elderly, you may face these same or similar questions and concerns. What can you say? What can you do? How do you manage?
Psalm 94:19: “When anxiety was great within me, your consolation brought me joy.”
Prayer: O God, I feel helpless in this situation. Please take care of my dad and let the doctor assess Dad’s driving and living conditions with your wisdom. Thank you for your consolation and joy. Amen.
Copyright © by Yvonne Ortega August 22, 2016