I recently got to complete a six-page set of medical forms so that I could visit with a new orthopedic specialist about some ongoing issues.
That led me to think about quantifying some things I know about blood relatives.
My own history includes an intramedullary nail, work on a deviated septum 15 years ago, double inguinal hernia surgery nearly 20 years ago, and yanking my tonsils about the time that President Eisenhower died.
I am a moderate medicine chest, with daily pills for allergies, high cholesterol, and assorted other things.
My family history includes these causes of death:
maternal grandfather, stroke
maternal grandmother, old age
paternal grandfather, heart attack
paternal grandmother, old age and some dementia
mother, septic shock
And my father, now in his 80s, is pretty healthy for someone who nearly died of pancreatitis 16 years ago.
My family is blessedly free of cancer, for the most part. I quit worshipping the sun about 8 years ago when I had a pre-cancer spot frozen off my nose.
So there it is. A fairly normal 56-year-old medical history?
Some years ago, my youngest sister gave my aged Great-Aunt Esther a book intended for a mother or grandmother to write recollections that could be passed on to others.
Aunt Esther filled out a couple dozen pages, and then said ‘enough.’
I have photos of all of these pages. Aunt Esther has been gone three and half years now, and I thought I might slowly transcribe her writings.
Describe the view from your childhood bedroom.
I shared a rather small bedroom with your grandmother. It was nothing special but it was comfortable and adequate for two girls. A bed, chair, dresser, and a corner clothes closet made from a shelf, rod under it and covered by a curtain.
The view from the window looked out on the farmyard, barn, hen house, smoke house, and a pasture usually full of sheep. There was always something going on, if it was only the old hen in the flower bed!