My original blog at WordPress, which I still leave intact, focused on a time in one’s life that is considered the twilight of life and how that period can affect you. When thinking about a name for my blog I chose “Within Crepusculum” which in meaning comes from the ancient word “Crepusculum” for a place or feeling that is no longer clear in vision or thought. The contemporary equivalent, crepuscular, used mostly as an adjective, carries almost the same meaning, yet with it you identify a particular thing with a noun of choice.
Crepusculum became an actual place to me, where one day, when I have experiences particular life changes that leaves me bound to being assisted to continue living, or less traumatic, a place just beyond a threshold, where I will only pass through when I know my physical or mental condition has changed enough and that I believe I may never be able to recoup from the change. After entering, this place, within my own crepusculum, I begin a journey of unknown length, nor do I know what I will meet along the path that will lead to the part of life that I am not capable of caring for myself.
A definite age does not mean you enter. Circumstance does matter. Mental worry and concerns are paramount. They will determine if you will move beyond the threshold.
Up until this last year I never experienced any thing that made me feel I could change and not return to how I felt on any of my days. This year, from the time I turned 64, I began collecting new experiences that signaled a difference in me. First, my sinus’ became much more bothersome and during this time I started to have fevers. Rounds of treatment never stopped the fever. It came and went as it pleased even though the sinus’ were fine. No other cause could be found for the fever and slowly I began to identify with FUO, (fever of unknown origin) a condition quite difficult to treat. When the fever came it was always accompanied by my being lethargic and miserable. So often I sat staring into space. When the fever went down I returned to reality. Then one day I realized it was gone for two months. Then two months more of freedom passed and now they are back.
Next, I experienced a terrible hernia and while waiting for its repair, the pain began to intensify. I spent hours lying on the floor to relieve the pain. It had always worked. This time it did nothing and finally I gave up and went to the emergency room. I was surprised to hear that it wasn’t my hernia, but that I had an appendicitis.
Finally, the hernia surgery was scheduled and afterward I was limited in what I could do for over 6 weeks. Even after that time I often had bouts in discomfort and was told this would go on for six months.
The fever, two operations and recuperation’s left me feeling that to regain my strength and fortitude would not be easy or at times I felt I could never return to how I was.
Slowly, I found I could do more each day. Eventually I could function physically as I wanted. I could return to my large garden and lawn to work it as I used to and inside the house any new project was possible. I was thankful that I had uselessly worried.
Then, three and a half weeks ago, following a morning of trimming tree branches, I fell by catching my foot in a large branch and tumbled forward with such surprising force, that when I landed with my chest on a brick I looked up to see the cement walkway just inches before me. Without thinking I got up, started to move the branches, saw the brick lying there on the dirt and continued to clean up the area. Within a very, very short time some pain began. Regardless, I put all the garden equipment away, then took a shower followed by pacing around not wanting to accept the pain was getting worse. Soon, I gave up and thought I had better call my spouse home to take me to the emergency room. I had fractured two ribs, twisted my hip and had an abundance of soft tissue, muscle damage.
After returning from the hospital, the pain intensified and my ability to move easily deteriorated. The next three days the pain was gruesome and I became helpless when I tried to get in or out of the bed. To be helped out of the bed worked, but the pain stabbed me at such a degree that I actually cried out for mercy and soon became paranoid in selecting a way to sit, rest, how to stand and walk that many times I felt the path now taken was one that would never change its downward direction.
It is still difficult for me to move, to find a way to sleep, to have the stamina to keep going because if I do more the pain returns to haunt me. I realize I will reach a day it leaves, but I question that in the aftermath, will I once again return to my normal strength and fortitude.
Too much, To much for my sixty-fourth year. In a couple of months I will be sixty-five. Let medicare come if it must or let the Scooter Store continue to send me brochures and let my sideburns show my only touch of grey at the very bottom, but PLEASE, PLEASE let the happenings I have experienced this past year not continue with new ones when I turn sixty-five. If they do, I will not be able to stop questioning if I have crossed my threshold.