I have mentioned my Aunt Gertrude (Trudy) in at least five posts before. She will be 95 at the end of this year. Her brother, Ted, just turned 99. Both are hard of hearing, but very sharp and knowledgeable. Their bodies have weakened over the years, especially Trudy's.
Aunt Trudy was always doing for other people. For many years she drove a friend to the grocery store. Up until a year ago, Aunt Trudy was still driving - even in her overly bent shape. I don't know that she ever had an accident, but I still felt a sense of relief to know she wasn't able to renew her license again. If she just hadn't taken that spill on Easter Sunday in 2013, she probably would have her driver's license. For she wasn't so frail until after that.
My cousin, Michelle, sent out a facebook message to the family to give us an update on the status of Aunt Trudy. I read "St. Mark's" and "pneumonia" and thought of each of my parents. Mom, who died only ten days after being admitted to St. Mark's hospital, and dad, who had pneumonia when he passed. But as it turns out, Aunt Trudy is still in great health - aside from her hearing and now her weak legs.
It is now Aunt Trudy's time to be served rather than serve everybody else's needs. She obviously can't drive Ted anywhere. Thus several family members have been rallying around Ted and Trudy to get them to appointments. I think taking them to an attorney would be a great appointment to make and keep.
Aunt Trudy had taken another fall and was taken to the hospital. She was in the hospital for even less time than she had been in 2013. Back to rehab. Even closer to the assisted living where my mom was staying. Michelle encouraged family members to put in so many hours a week so that Ted and Trudy's welfare may be attended to.
I feel helpless not being able to contribute my time as I am in another state. At the same time, I know that if I were in Utah right now, I would have a sinus infection that would put me out of the loop for a while - not as long as Ted and Trudy will be around. They say the secret to living such a long and healthy life is to eat sardines. Apparently I will not live near as long as the thought of eating sardines makes me nauseous.
Ted and Trudy have outlived their two older brothers by 40 and 50 plus years. They've outlived two sisters-in law, 2 nephews, 1 niece, a niece-in-law as I'm certain many others. I had heard they had three aunts who had lived to be over 100. As of now, I don't see any truth to that if the records are accurate. It appears that Ted and Trudy have more years on earth than even they did.