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My sister's health.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Monday, October 13, 2014
Day 119 of exercise in 2014 (not a streak)
Walking: 2 mph (30 minutes per mile) ⊗ 14 minutes 66 calories burned

My son sent an e-mail to me that shows the rooms in the townhouse he is buying. He is going to buy stuff to set up housekeeping this weekend and goes to settlement on October 27th.

I wanted to write tonight about my sister. She has had arthritis for a very long time. Saturday night at the time share, she stayed with us instead of with her children and grandchildren. She slept sitting up on the sofa. She cannot walk very far. She told me the length of her house is 50' and she cannot walk that far without stopping to rest. I noticed that when Mom died and we had to go to the Office of the Register of Wills.

She told me she has very high blood pressure and her doctor told her he thought if he put in a stent, that she could get off of all of her blood pressure medicine. My sister buys unsalted canned goods and does not use salt at the table. Something is wrong with her kidneys, she only has veins going to them and there should be an artery. There was not room to fit in a stent in a vein and her doctor said she will have to live taking blood pressure medicine for the rest of her life.

She was happy at Mom's memorial and I was too. Mom told us many times, that she did not want us to shed a tear when she died. Other than the memorial service, I could see that my sister was in a lot of pain. She is 71.

She told me that her daughter bought a treadmill for her, but she has never used it. I think they think that she can somehow turn this condition around. My sister's neck is permanently bent forward so that it looks like she is looking toward the ground. She turns her whole body to look at you.

I don't think she would have told me about all of this unless she is trying to tell me that she may die soon. I just hope that she won't have to go on dialysis in the future. I can't figure out why she would tell me this. When she had breast cancer, she never told me, Mom did. I thought I would write about it for my blog.

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  • 46SHADOW
    Sorry to hear about your sisters health problems. Must be very difficult.
    2090 days ago
  • FROSTY99
    Sorry to heat about your sister. HBP can certainly damage the kidneys. However it sounds like that is not the whole problem. I hope she was sharing so in case something happens you will be prepared or maybe she just needed to talk to someone and didn't think her kids were ready to hear this. Glad you were there for her.
    2091 days ago
  • APPLEPIEAPPLE
    I am guessing she is your older sister. Being the oldest in my family, I also rarely told my brother or other relatives of the challenges I faced. I did not tell them because I knew they had many of their own to deal with and did not need mine as well. That is what older siblings seem to do. They care for the younger ones most of their lives and it does not feel natural to change places. Even as we old farts get older. Prayers for you and your family both near and far. emoticon
    2091 days ago
  • 1CRAZYDOG
    **SIGH** Sorry to hear about your sister. Couldn't tell you why she shared with you, but just that was good she did. Hope she decides to talk w/the Dr. perhaps about PT to increase her strength and endurance to whatever level her body can attain.

    HUGS
    2091 days ago
  • ROXYZMOM
    It may be that she feels more comfortable telling you things now. She may have just needed to vent and you may be the closest to her. That sounds so painful, poor thing. I will say a prayer for her.
    2091 days ago
  • MAMISHELI53
    We don't always tell family members every little thing we're going through...or even every BIG thing. Your sis is 71? I guess all things considered, that's not bad. I hope her final years, however many or few they may be, have many happy moments.
    I learn about my siblings' health mainly through their facebook posts, since we live so far apart.
    2091 days ago
  • PRAIRIECROCUS
    You and your sister are in my thoughts and prayers.
    God Bless.
    2091 days ago
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