Chelsea Clinton, Your Elderly Mother Needs Help

Hillary and Chelsea Clinton

On September 11, a truly disturbing video went viral of Hillary Clinton stumbling, being propped up, and losing her shoe as she was dragged into a waiting van—and my heart broke for her. Not for her ambitions to be the first female president, because I will not be voting for her and I believe that just really wanting to be the first female president is not a good enough reason for everyone to let you be the first female president.

But my heart broke for her as a mom and as a daughter. Since at 40, I am now at that point in life where my own parents are getting on in years and have medical problems. I felt bad for Hillary Clinton. I pitied her. And then I got angry.

What the heck is wrong with her daughter, Chelsea, that she is not stepping in and telling her mom, the campaign, and the entire political world that her mother is sick and that she should not be put through all of this? Chelsea's just a few years younger than me, with children of her own. While our financial and social positions are light years apart, Chelsea and I are in the same boat when it comes to having older parents with clear health problems and finding ourselves in that transition period where we start becoming caregivers to the people in our lives who once gave such good care to us.

My parents are in town visiting for a few months and I've begun to notice significant changes in their stamina and overall health. My mother gets out of breath easily and is slowing down. She's about Hillary Clinton's age, give or take a few years. My father is similarly struggling, just having celebrated his 75th birthday. It's rough to see them showing their age and frailty. We had a scare the other night when my father fainted and fell down in my bathroom and the paramedics were called and had to haul him off to the hospital for many tests and rest. We were frantic, and rightly so. When your elderly parent faints and falls, it's cause for alarm.