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Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Sweet Grandma

I can't believe that it is Tuesday already!! This past weekend has been a difficult one. On Saturday we had to send my sweet grandma to the hospital in an ambulance. She lost her mind.
Saturday was Farmington's parade and it goes past Grandma's house. Every year for as long as I can remember we have all congregated there to watch the parade.

Sweet Grandma was like my second mom. Since my mom worked grandma was the one who took care of us when we were little. Her house is the one we all threatened to run away to. Grandma is now 91 years old. She has been in overall very good health. For the past couple of years she has been declining a bit. She's been falling and forgetting things. My sister's and I have taken a big role in taking care of her. We have taken her shopping and helped her around the house a little. We have all be afraid that one of us would be the one to find her...sniff... no longer alive.

Staci thought the nightmare had come true. On Saturday morning Staci and TJ found grandma crumpled up on the floor against the wall and the TV stand. She was asleep or in some degree of unconsciousness. They woke her up. She fought them. She did not know them. Her house was a wreck. The TV was on. The front door was open. She was still wearing yesterday's clothes. Her favorite meal - a Banquet Salisbury Steak dinner was on the counter, in the box thawed out, uneaten. Her companion, a little white dog that only likes her, "Rebel" was running around crazy.

It appears as though she crawled around on the floor all night pulling things off of the lower shelves and out of drawers in at least 2 of her rooms. Poor sweet grandma.

The paramedics came and took her to the hospital. After lots of tests and such nothing conclusive has been determined. She is going through bouts of confusion and lucidity. Sometimes she knows us. She can't remember who has visited her. On Sunday night she wanted to leave the hospital - she pulled out her IV and catheter, pulled off her heart monitor and took off her "winter clothes" which was every stitch of clothing she had on. She wanted to go home and make sandwiches for her husband (Grandpa passed away seven years ago). Luckily she can't remember what happened. There are just some things she doesn't need to know.

Right now she is still in the hospital. In the next few days she will be moving to her new home. She will be moving into a nursing home. It's sad. It really is!! She needs full time care. It will be much safer for her.


Lisa said...

My heart goes out to your family and your sweet sweet grandma. I know what it means to have an amazing and wonderful grandma. Mine is getting older too and we worry about her so. I hope that your grandmas move goes smoothly and that after the transition things even out a bit.

Amy said...

My grandmother is in a nursing home and has been for quite a while. Its sad to see them get to that point. Best wishes to you.

Deb said...

I'm so sorry. That's always a really hard step. Thinking of you. . .

Anonymous said...

I'm really sorry to hear about Sweet thoughts and prayers are with you and your family!

TUTU Monkey said...

Sor sorry to hear about your Grandma.....we went down a very similat path with mine....hugs to you all!!

Queen Karana said...

I'm so sorry to hear about your Grandma. I hope you find some peace during this difficult time.

Aubrey said...

Your poor Grandma. I hope everything works out getting her into a nursing home. So, did the hospital cooperate with you guys so she didn't have to stay there longer?

Nicole said...

I'm so sorry about your grandma. It's got to be so heartbreaking to see her go through all of that. It's so hard to see the ones we live get old.