When FIL got sick back in 2001, Hubby and I did everything we could to help MIL care for him. We didn’t have a clue what we were doing most of the time, but we had good intentions. Because of our lack of skills and our good intentions, some of our attempts at helping were rather amusing to watch. We called ourselves Dumb & Dumber Health Care. When FIL passed away and our services were no longer needed, Dumb & Dumber Health Care went on hiatus.
Since MIL has some health concerns, Dumb & Dumber Health Care makes occasional appearances but it hasn’t been a full time enterprise. That changed this week. We’ve noticed over the summer that she’s been short of breath and having trouble getting around. We’ve been strongly suggesting that she visit her lung doc for quite some time, but she’s always dismissed our concerns and says, "I’m fine." So we really had no choice but to wait until she felt ready to address the situation.
She addressed it last Thursday. She finally went to the lung doc. He admitted her to the hospital for some tests. She’s been diagnosed with Pulmonary Fibrosis and has been sent home with oxygen and a walker. There are all sorts of new restrictions to her life because of the disease and she’s not happy about it. She needs help with a lot of things now. Dumb & Dumber Health Care is back in business.
We always knew that it was going to happen. But knowing it was going to happen doesn’t make it any easier when it does.