You might remember me mentioning my grandma here before (especially here). She is and always has been one of my favorite people on the planet, and I love– seriously LOVE– every moment I spend with her. She’s hilarious and honest and not at all like a typical grandma in her thinking or personality. The last few years, she’s made a special trip to come and stay with us for a few days each fall, and she and my daughter soak each other up for those days.
She was admitted to the hospital for a severe bladder infection on Saturday. I talked to her Sunday morning and she was not AT ALL herself. She’s never sounded so weak or so old. (I talk to her on the phone for hours every month, so this was a stark contrast from her usual phone banter.) She told me she hurt, she was too tired to remember what the doctors told her, and that she didn’t want to fight any illness, she just wanted to sleep.
My aunt decided to drive to town (she lives 200+ miles away) and camp out so she could advocate for Grandma and figure out what’s going on. (My grandpa doesn’t hear well and usually wasn’t at the hospital when the doctors came on morning rounds, anyway.) This morning, Grandma was admitted to the heart wing and appears to be in some kind of heart failure. I don’t know anything beyond that.
I know that old people get sick all the time and that it’s not usually any surprise. My Grandma has always been extremely healthy. She’s never had any major health problems and is as vibrant and alive as most 50 year olds. This fall when she was visiting, my friend called to say her back yard was flooding. Grandma, overhearing my end of the conversation, was all set to get her shoes on and go over to fill sandbags. She’s not frail or elderly– in thinking or constitution– is what I’m saying. Her sudden frailty has us all pretty worried.
Anyway, this could turn out to be nothing, or it could be very serious. Any good thoughts, juju, prayers, etc that you can send her way would be appreciated!