I do not want to be a downer or anything but getting too old sometimes worries me. I am 43. Is that TOO old? Truly, I do not think so but for some it just may be.
What really has me thinking about all this tonight is my father. My father is 73 years old. To some he may be a young whipper snapper. To others, he is really ancient. His outlook for himself is rather grim.
You see, he acts like someone who is really 100. Maybe it is because he is dying. He has liver and lung cancer along with COPD and heart failure. He must be on oxygen 24/7.
This afternoon, my Mom (who is 71 and acts 40) decided along with the doctor that Dad had to be put in to a nursing home. It is not an easy decision to make. (Dad does not know this yet.)
Simply put, he is becoming more and more difficult to handle with his problems and he is increacinly becoming forgetful. However, he is quite lucid. He sleeps all the time. It is getting to a point where he cannot be left alone at all! We have truly come to a turning point.
The truth of the matter is he was supposed to have passed before now. He was diagnosed in October and they only gave him through January. Some how he is hanging on. We think it is the power of prayer because let me tell you, he is covered.
So the question is... is he now TOO old?
Have you faced this? How do you feel about turning another day older? Have you had to put someone you love in a nursing home?