Baby Boomers and members of the Silent Generation are wondering if there will still be a Joan Rivers inside that body when doctors take her out of the medically induced coma. She had gone into cardiac and respiratory arrest.
Her story is so familiar to those of us who are aging. Once she clawed her way to where she got, then she had to struggle even harder to stay there. Her sense of comedy became brittle.
Then there was the suicide of her husband. Her show was cancelled. She told the media she had taken out a gun and was going to end it all when her dog jumped into her lap. Thinking of that helpless creature who needed someone to take care of it was what saved her.
Her recent stumbles provide object lessons to us who are also being pressured to "keep up." What we learn is not to try too hard. Do what we can to remain good at what we do best and to continue to learn new skills. But it is unlikely that we can recapture past glory.
This blog wishes Rivers either the strength to jump back into life or the peace to surrender.