Sunday, October 12, 2008

Life.... and Grammie

My grandmother's in the hospital. We've known for a little while now that something was just not right, but she's refused to go to the doctor. My uncle finally convinced her to go on Tuesday and the doctor informed us that she's in the beginning phases of Alzheimer's. She often is forgetful, and has the same conversation over and over, so we weren't that surprised. On Friday, she was sent for bloodwork. My mom took her in the morning and dropped her off at home (she still lives by herself!) and did not even make it home before the doctor called and said that my grandmother was experiencing kidney failure. He asked my mom to take her to the hospital as soon as possible. She's been in there since Friday afternoon and will need dialysis for her failing kidneys. I'm not completely sure what's going on, but they're still running tests. I feel really bad for my mom because I know how much stress and sadness this is causing her. She's basically watching her mom deteriorate. My grandfather died suddenly, but not painfully, and never had to suffer. I sometimes feel like although my grandmother may not know what's happening, she's still suffering. So, she's still in the hospital, and the family is working on a potential plan for her discharge. I'm hoping that she won't be sent home alone. That's too much for everyone to deal with. But if she's going somewhere, immediate arrangements must be made.... it's just very crazy.

Work was okay today. It's beautiful out, so we were somewhat busy. It's nice to get a paycheck, and I know I have to suck it up, because in the winter, I won't have any extra money. I'm excited that I'm starting tutoring on Tuesday, so I'll be generating some extra cash. It's nice to have around!

We're heading to New Jersey tonight to see Eric's parents. It should be nice. His parents love it when we come, and we never come home with an empty trunk! (I have enough water, towels and toilet paper for the next six years!)

Have a good night- I'll update you on Grammie tomorrow! Thanks for your thoughts and prayers!


Elizabeth said...

I am sorry to hear about your Grammie, I will be thinking of you guys!

When you say work on the weekends what are you doing?!?!

I loved tutoring because it was a great time to really get to know one student. I would love to get back into tutoring.

Katy said...

oh no :( I am so sorry. Before being married...I worked in a dementia unit at an assisted living center..and it is hard to see...I am so sorry your grammie and your family are having to go through this!