Since my last entry over 3 years ago, my Reiki business has taken a back seat in my life. My father passed in February of 2017, and that following winter, my mother moved from their Vermont home of 30 years to live with me. It was a difficult transition at first, but we settled into a comfortable co-existence. She even did dishes! (And then put them in the dishwasher... a concept that I still don't understand...) Her room was our downstairs family room. So, plenty of room and windows for daylight. She had access to the laundry room/bathroom, and could go out through the garage if she wanted fresh air - all without doing stairs. At that time, she was able to come upstairs to get her coffee and toast in the morning and joined us for dinner and a few TV shows in the evening.
But then in February of 2018, Mom spiked a fever and I thought she was having a stroke. The wonderful EMT's who came to our aid eased my fears and determined it was probably an infection, but we agreed, to be safe, that she should go to the hospital. The doctor determined that it was the flu. Thus started a somewhat downward spiral in her health. A few months later she tweaked her back and was in much pain. Several tests and injections later, she was still in pain and one early morning, when getting out of bed, she fell and broke her hip.
And so began my lessons in Medicare rules, regulations and "benefits" for hospital, rehab, and nursing home care for seniors.
Mom is still in a nursing home and will be staying there as my home has stairs and she isn't strong enough to do them. I take her to her appointments, and COVID-19 aside, visit at least weekly.
All of this is to say, that life has happened! And sometimes you just have to put a hold on things, even things you love - like teaching Reiki! The good thing is that it will always be there when I'm ready.
And I'm ready...