Fanning since April
Waiting for a spritz of rain
Find a day to breathe.
Phoenix had a little bit of rain today … some clouds.
We’re told it’s our last weekend of cooler weather (mid-upper 70s) before the heat comes on us like a freight train.
May is always when our first 100s hit.
By July, we’re 115+.
The scorpions are out — I’m always barefoot in the house (stupid me).
The rattlers warm their bones along the hiking trails.
Everyone stays indoors until next November.
My Dan removes his sweater and tans his arms.
I’ve learned which plants have spines.
I’ve lost my singing voice. I was once a singer. In college I was chosen to sing with the California Honor Choir (only a few were chosen), and I sang at Disneyland with my group, and I sang at other places. I held the solo mike. I was a singer.
Now my voice is gone, and so now I listen to other singers.
For example, now I listen to My Dan who sings to the dogs. Instead of worrying about how poor his voice is, he simply sings his two-note songs, with vigor, with a heart bigger than the moon.
He sings to the dogs.
I love My Dan.
He sings to my silence.
My Dan sleeps.
He naps during the day.
Gentle, tender naps.
He dreams the wild dreams by night.
He has something called (briefly) RBD.
The long name is Rem Behavior Disorder.
It means that his body moves with his dreams.
He flies from the bed.
He has wings.
And fists to fight his dream-foes.
We’ve done what we can to protect us both.
Many RBD people develop Parkinson’s
Or Lewy-Body Dementia.
My Dan has so many things.
Including now another round of
Yesterday, we met with a nurse from the
Arizona Palliative Home Care folks.
She was beautiful. Smiling. Informative.
She gave us a packet.
My Dan is eligible for hospice.
He’s not ready.
He still in argument with life
And death…and low sodium … and cheese.
So, we chose Palliative Care.
We’ll keep him free from
Pain and missed putts.
I’ll gather myself as I can.
And I’ll cook with Parmesan cheese.
Three nights ago
My Dan is a brilliant thinker,
While I’m slow.
So very slow.
Slow is okay, he says.
Brilliant is better, I say.
He said he was happy.
He said we’ll all die at some time.
He reminded me that I could go first.
Then he said he’d love if he’d go on the golf course,
Or the bookstore—either would be grand,
While I’d sadly go, still fussing over whether
He’s happy or not.
He’s happy, he said.
He’s Pharrell Williams “Happy,” he said.
With his words, My Dan changed my seas.
Thank you, My Beautiful Husband.
Thank you, Sea Change.
Thank you, Pharrell.
Thank you, Happy!
And now here we are … I have a limping dog that needs to see the vet, and a husband with very difficult heart and lungs, and kidneys that can’t decide if they’re in Stage III or Stage IV disease, and then, there’s my own heart that refuses to accept any of it. I’ve no idea at all about my own kidneys … or my heart that catches my breath and flips and flops all the time … or my dear liver that’s been drinking in all this wine of late.
I’m deeply suffering from what some might call Pre-Grief. It’s unremitting, and as wide and unpredictable as any ocean might be.
It’s ridiculous. There’s nothing to really fuss about, yet here I am fussing away like a two-year-old in full tantrum. I’m sorry, but this is what a sensitive-hearted wife does. She simply fusses beyond reason, and I’m really, really sorry about it all. It makes me cry. It makes my heart sadder than sad.
I don’t know how to write about this. I don’t know what to say. It’s all so very silly, and I’m so very embarrassed by this response to something beyond my control. Still, this is what I’m doing.
I can’t seem to help myself.
Lately, I’ve been researching palliative comfort care (not to be confused at all with hospice care) for a man who sees no reason for any of it. We talked about it tonight … he’s happy. He goes to the book store for tea and magazines. He goes to the library where he reads the local newspaper. He catches up with his golfing buddies as they round the 9th tee. He is fine. He’s happy. He doesn’t care about his terrible and frightening symptoms. “I’ve lived a good and long live. I’ll die when I die,” he says. He’s happy.
It appears I’m the one who needs the palliative care. I’m the one who needs to find comfort. It’s said that caregivers often suffer more than their caregiveree. I’m beginning to notice the truth of that.
Maybe I’m just another limping dog who doesn’t know what to do until someone takes me to the vet.
Yes, it’s been a while. My fingers have been silent. My heart too.
On December 20, 2013 … My Dan, my handsome husband, the love of my life … had three heart attacks. Yes. THREE!!!
Four stents were installed into his right artery. My own heart was wrecked. It’s been a wild ride since that crazy day. Dan’s been solid.
He survives still. Like new seeds in our garden, My Dan grows.
He’s the semicolon that continues the thought.
He’s My Dan.
You can see by my fingers … I’m still wrecked!
Love would Google her fingers off until an answer was found
To make sense and rekindle the health of her loved one.
Love would dust the house in the midst of a
Story storm that envelopes that very house.
Love would kiss the morning neck of the man (or woman) who showed you
A rainbow the evening before.
Love would fix your backyard sprinkler,
Your split-in-two heart,
Your grammar and punctuation,
Your terror regarding stinging insects.
Love would turn a pancake for you.
Love would run his fingers over your old typewriter
Like it’s a treasured friend.
Love would not change your past, but rather,
Enhance your future.
Love would help you
Figure things out …
What to watch on Friday night.
Love would help you dig deep, find your story,
Enhance, hang pictures on the wall, paint first,
Change colors, do it again, fix, mend, weave,
Dream, scheme, age, lose, find, adore, reject,
It would say … Oh, oh, that … that I adore.
Love would find you.