Families Look to Gay Children to Tend to Elderly Parent
Not being an experienced "road tripper," I reached out to my friend Frank, who is a retired firefighter who loves to travel by road, sea or air. I had planned this trek to Florida to visit my mom for her ninety-first birthday. So, with my puppy Travis in tow, the two of us took turns at the wheel.
To my delight, not only did Frank help with the driving and navigation, he also provided coolers filled with food for the long trip. Unexpectedly, he also became a source of comfort when, during my trip, my mother fell two days after her birthday and had to be ambulanced to a local hospital. Frank not only provided both emotional and physical support for my mom but also assisted in helping me place my mother into an amazing rehabilitation center following her hospital stay where she is now receiving the best care possible.
So this was one road trip that really did turn into a life-changing experience: Once again, I had to suffer through the decline of a beloved parent. Memories of my father’s mental decline with Alzheimer’s flooded through me as I was rushing to my mother’s aid after she fell on her driveway.
Now that I am back in New York, I call my mother daily at her rehab facility. It’s heartening to hear her more alert and engaging. Fearing my mother would decline in health, both physically and mentally, due to feelings of depression, I was pleased to hear her positive attitude and readiness to work with her doctors and staff.