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30 July 2021
I went to Eldervilla to sign papers to start my mother on Hospice. The infection on her leg from the cast that was too tight needs to be treated every day and the only way they can get medical treatment is by having her on Hospice. Sandy says he thinks she probably has 6 mos to a year to live because she is starting to forget how to swallow -- a common thing with dementia patients.
People are being very solicitous of me because of her going on Hospice, but Hospice has been part of my life since 1975. The movement started in this country in Connecticut in 1974. I believe it originated in England about the same time that Elisabeth Kubler-Ross wrote her book "On Death and Dying." The movement has kind of changed a lot of the thoughts about death and dying around the world.
In 1975, a Hospice opened in San Rafael. It was the second such facility in the program. Several of my mother's siblings had died of cancer and when she read that they were looking for volunteers, she became the first, and worked in the office for several years until they opened a thrift shop and then she worked there foEVer. She had to stop when she couldn't stand up to work any more, but she worked there for about 30-35 years and was the longest working volunteer when the San Rafael paper did a story about Hospice. (She would take donated puzzles home to work to make sure all the pieces were there before they put them on sale in the store.)
So I am very familiar with the Hospice program and it just seems so right that she go out with the help of Yolo Hospice. I do hope she makes it to 102, though. That's 5 weeks away....
I am sad, thinking of her eventual death and go from being kind of teary about it to being impatient. "My mother" died 2-3 years ago when she stopped remembering who I was. I love the person who remains, but I went through a long grief adjusting to the death of the woman who had been my best friend. I am ready for her to die...sort of.
Over and above the fun of watching the various sports in the Olympics (none as exciting as winter's curling, of course), seeing things for the first time, or listening to them talk about a game in a way you hadn't paid attention to before can be instructional.
But I've been thinking about tennis as I watch the Tokyo Olympics.
Who in god's name decided how to score the game?
In any other game, if you win a point, you win a point (except for football, Ned reminds me). In tennis, if you win a point, you get 15 points. When you have your second point you have 30. If you have no points that's "love"
I decided to do research on how the points in tennis were decided and in looking I found The Tennis Mom who explains scoring in an entertaining manner that left my head spinning because I couldn't follow it at all.
The origins of the 15, 30, and 40 scores are believed to be medieval French. In 1522, there is a sentence in Latin "we are winning 30, we are winning 45". The first recorded theories about the origin of 15 were published in 1555 and 1579. However, the origins of this convention remain obscure.
Well. Gee. Thanks. There is a history of how the 15, 30, 40 came to be used in Wikipedia but the various theories are just entirely too complicated for me to figure out. I think I'll just watch table tennis, which is easier to score!
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