She is sitting alone in the kitchen when the front door opens and her daughter comes in. It is mid-morning and the younger woman has taken the day off from work to come and take her mother to a doctor's appointment, She will also do some picking up of groceries, do a few loads of laundry, and clean up a little. She has brought with her food for the evening meal. As the mother struggles the daughter helps her to get dressed, putting on her pants, socks and shoes. She then helps her into the car and they head out to the clinic.
They return home, after about an hour, and once again the younger woman helps her mother into the house and back into the kitchen where she will wait as her daughter fixes lunch. They visit and laugh and for the mother the time goes much too quickly. The young woman has to leave now to avoid the traffic.
The older woman heads down to the bedroom, with the old dog, to take a short nap. She is in much pain today and the medication has not done it's job. She quickly falls asleep.
Soon she is in the kitchen again with no idea why or how she got there. She is sitting at the breakfast counter and feels quite cold and confused. She looks down at the counter and sees the glucometer in front of her. It reads 35. She is still confused and cannot see clearly---her peripheral vision is gone---darkness is closing in. Somehow there is a oat and fruit bar in front of her, where did it come from? She know she must eat it. She tries desperately to see the clock, her vision blurred, it reads 4:15p. How is that possible? The daughter left at 2:00 and her husband was due home at 2:30. Where is he? Where is the dog? She is still confused as to how she got to the kitchen. She takes another glucose reading...it is 48. She calls out to her husband as the darkness begins to engulf her. "What is happening?" she cries.
She awakes, in her bedroom, on the bed. She is cold and shivering. She looks over towards the clock and sees that it is 7:00p. Her husband is in the kitchen preparing the dinner the daughter has brought. She is exhausted, confused, and frightened.
She will feel uneasy the rest of the day and tired for the next few days. Such is the life in her time...