The painful realities of getting old

The painful realities of getting old
No one should have to watch a loved one linger in excruciating pain when there is no chance for recovery. - DREAMSTIME/TNS

On the occasion of my mother-in-law’s 100th birthday, I asked for her thoughts as she contemplated a second century. “Keep your mind open and your mouth shut!” she quickly replied. I disagreed with the latter part of that sentence, but out of respect I kept my mouth shut. Four months later she passed away. Her dying took more time than we would have wished, and it was both painful for her and for us to witness. A severe case of gout ignited and exacerbated other maladies, sending her small, fragile body into a tailspin from which she could not recover. “If I had a poison pill I would take it!”...

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