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Home, Exhausted, Unsettled

Got home this afternoon and promptly fell into bed for a few hours. I just had to shut down and get some solid sleep. I’m sure my physical exhaustion is partly from the stress, the unpredictability, in addition to the driving, sleeping in the Yuma heat on an old pull-out sofa with my mom… just [...]

In Arizona

Sunday night I got a text message from my mother, saying that my grandma was in the hospital. Monday I got an update: my grandma had a 97% blockage in the left pulmonary artery and was facing three choices, none of them great. They could do nothing and she would have a massive heart attack [...]

Four Generations

Four Generations Originally uploaded by Nikchick.

I got to see my grandma last weekend. She refers to her brush with death in 2006, where she fell into a coma and wasn’t expected to live as “my little incident” and still seems as spunky and feisty as ever. She’s 81 now and is definitely feeling [...]

Busy weekend

Kate and Pramas and I were in Portland over the weekend. I crashed the Canby High School Class of ’88 reunion, even though I moved to Minnesota in my Freshman year, and reconnected with several of my junior high school friends, visited with my brother for the first time in a year and a half, [...]

Back from Oregon

Got back yesterday afternoon in time to pick Chris up from the airport on his return from Massachusetts. Slept horribly on my visit because I was sharing a small bed with Kate at my mom’s house so I’m completely exhausted but otherwise feel the trip went well and was worth it.

Grandma looked great, [...]

Grandma news

My grandmother went home from the hospital today! I was shocked: on death’s doorstep a week ago, home today? But it’s true. They’ve determined she’s stable, she’s coherent, she’s still weak and sleeping a lot to regain her strength, but the crisis has passed. The family is greatly relieved.

To celebrate: a music meme.


Grandma Update

Have received news that’s 100% better than I expected. Grandma is conscious, can move her left side a bit (originally they’d thought it was paralyzed), can respond to commands (“Squeeze my hand.”), understands she’s in the hospital. She asked for her glasses, but hasn’t yet asked for her teeth. When she asks for her teeth, [...]

My grandma

I wrote about my grandmother’s state of health in January. Yesterday she had the second of her scheduled surgeries for her clogged carotid arteries. She came out of the surgery much better this time around, but began complaining of a headache soon after. Her headache grew worse and worse, and shortly after it became apparent [...]