Route 66

Posted in Miscellaneous on June 28th 2019 by Randy Reichardt

.: Once again, it’s time for the annual ritual. I was born at 01:05 hrs CDT in Winnipeg MB on 28 June 1953. Today I am 66 years old. I’ve given up trying to process what one’s age means anymore. For example, accepting that I’m a senior citizen, ffs. You will not find me subscribing to Zoomer anytime soon. Not interested.

The past 12 months have been challenging. My father now lives in a room in a veterans’ centre in Winnipeg. Mom is by herself in the apartment she used to share with Dad at an assisted living complex. Dad is almost 93, Mom is 86.5. Dad can no longer walk on his own, and Mom is experiencing moments of confusion and disorientation. I do the best I can from afar – I am in Edmonton, they live in Winnipeg – and it takes an enormous amount of energy on a daily basis to do what I can while not living in Winnipeg. Fortunately there are people in place in Winnipeg who are helping out considerably.

As for me, I’m now on insulin for Type II diabetes, and I can feel my body slowing down a bit. I’ve resumed aerobic workouts on my upright cycle, and am sleeping a bit better as a result. There are other medical concerns as well.

So begins another cycle around the sun. Hope to see you here next year, same bat-time, same bat-channel.

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