I never would have never expected my mother’s health to plummet like it did right after I graduated college.
She lived my early teen years mostly in a bed, suffering from severe Crohn’s Disease.
But thankfully, new treatments steadily improved her health in the ensuing years. It wasn’t enough to put her into remission, but it gave her the ability to live on her own for several years without any major issues, just an abdominal flare every now and then. But, things changed as her anemia worsened and she developed a condition where she’s always at the risk of sepsis in her digestive track. She is weak and struggles to move around on her own after falling on the base of her spine two years ago and breaking her back in six different places. She was in a wheelchair for awhile but now she can walk somewhat well with a cane, even if her balance isn’t perfect. Sadly, both of us have severe allergies and we are in old doctors offices and hospitals all of the time. Many of these places, despite being medical facilities, have old and nasty smelling heating and cooling systems installed inside. I’m sick of smelling mold for an hour or two while I impatiently wait in the front lobby of a medical office for my mother to finish her procedure that particular day. These medical offices and hospitals desperately need to improve their HVAC systems; many of their patients are there for respiratory issues, so you’re forcing these poor people to endure their allergy triggers just to get necessary treatment. I can’t even imagine what I would do if I had to come to a place like this because I was having trouble breathing every day.