Monday, October 4, 2010


My grandmother is already 90 years old. She was a very healthy woman despite her age and despite the fact that she had both diabetes and hypertension. She practices tai chi. She walks around the village. I remember when she was in her 70s and 80s and wakes up early to walk around the village. I tried to accompany her but I find that I am actually no match for her! She is a non-smoker, and she drinks only 1 serving of red wine at night for its purported health benefits and also to help her sleep. She had a good appetite, and her food choices are generally very simple. Because of religious reasons, she does not eat beef.

That's why it's difficult for us to see her appetite all gone. She's now very thin, looking like someone who took Diet pills appetite suppressants for a long period of time. We don't really know why. Her attending physician had some diagnostic tests done, but so far, there are no indications on what is wrong with her. Not all the test results have been released, however.

I hope we find the problem soon so that we know how to deal with it. It's heartbreaking to see such a strong woman...well, not so strong anymore. She now looks so weak and vulnerable. She's old, older than most people can hope to be, but I want Ama to be enjoying her 9th decade as healthily and happily as possible, and not felled by something we cannot really understand.

Do get well soon, ama.