I haven’t written much recently because  among other things I’ve had a bout with the flu.  One night I began to feel unwell and I pushed my “help” button.   The Greencroft attendant that responded saw that I was in distress.  She asked if I wanted her to call my daughter, and I said yes.  Rachel came and asked if I wanted the ambulance to take me to the hospital.   Again I answered with a yes.

The hospital ran a series of tests.  When I told the doctor that the large muscles in my legs and thighs were hurting he said that that’s the flu.  I was kept in the hospital for several days and then I was transferred to the therapy rehab at Greencroft. The physical and occupational therapists brought me back to near normal.

So, now I am at home in Apt 83.  The therapists instructed me to never be far from my “wheels”.  I use a walker to move about the Apt., go to the dining room and get my mail.  Being slowed by the flu I am also moving along in the aging process.  On March 14 of this year I became 92 years old.   By then I was able to accept Rachel’s invitation to spend the next Sunday afternoon at her home for a small open house to receive family members.

The residents of Evergreen have been introduced to Stephenie Maupin, a new and licensed director of Assisted Living.  I was fascinated when I learned that she milked six goats each morning before coming to work.  That is a part of her part in the family business.  Go the her family website by clicking here.

Weeks have gone by since I wrote the above paragraphs.  It is now mid-April but the forecasts seem to indicate that our  hope spring to come will soon be fulfilled.

Today in the Elkhart Truth there is an obituary of an Anna  Martin  who died at 95.  She had 6 sons and 5 daughters and is survived by 82 grandchilren, 316 great grandchildren, and 16 great grandchildren.  She was an Old Order  Mennonite  who was born in Pennsylvania and died in Indiana. What a life that must have been.

About Martin Lehman

I was born 92 years ago, the son of a Mennonite pastor and organic gardener in Franklin County, Pennsylvania. At age 10 I was baptized as a member of the Marion Mennonite Church. I own the "Old Fool" moniker because I want to walk the Jesus Way even though the world and much of the church takes me as a fool for doing so. In my life I have moved from being a young conservative to an elderly radical. I tell that story in My Faith Journey posted on my website.
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4 Responses to Life

  1. Mary Bew says:

    So glad to hear from you. You pushed the “help” button. You answered “yes” to the key questions. Thanks for acting wisely, not that I’m surprised!
    A belated Happy Birthday. I remember when your family gave you a birthday party at your Sunnyside home and invited me and Bob. I think of your family with great appreciation, and you too, of course!

  2. Martin says:

    I have not visited my website for too long a time. This morning I am going to physical therapy which is giving me new strength. I think of you often.

  3. Martin says:

    The physical therapist told me that he has Lehmans in his ancestry. We are linked by his ability to get me to exercise and strengthen my muscles. I see in therapy a man I know who is younger than I, yet weaker than I, strugling to walk as I struggle. Strugling with weakness and a desire to have stronger muscles is part of our common humanity. We exchange smiles to encourage each other. Joyce is in Michegan with her daughter Beth, and her granddaughter and great granddaughters who are visiting from Argentina. Rachel and Eldon both visited me today. I am enjoying the limburger cheese Eldon bought for me. He would not have gotten if for me if I had not asked for it specifically.

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