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Wednesday, May 4, 2011

What would it be like to be her?

The last time I visited my grandmother, I found myself wondering...what it would be like to be her?

So many memories.
So many experiences.

She's 86 years old, and as of recently, a permanent resident at a nursing home. What was initially a positive transition for her has quickly turned to the opposite. She says she isn't happy, and I can see that she's fading quickly. I'm shocked at how fast this past year has worn on her.

She's not mobile at all. Which means I am unable to pick her up and take her anywhere. I hate that!

She may never get see our new house.

On Sundays my parents take her to a pizza restaurant near the nursing home because it's the only restaurant within walking distance. Thank God the food is good!

On Easter we had pizza! My son was very happy about that.



She doesn't smile as much as she used to, and she gets lost in conversation easily. It's hard to watch.

She has 15 great grandchildren. That's amazing!

When she pointed that out to me I told her how amazing I thought it was and that I hope I'm blessed enough to see my 15th great grandchild.

She just looked up at me and said, "Getting old isn't easy."

I'm sorry Grandma.

2 Comments:

At May 4, 2011 at 11:37 AM , Blogger Adrienne said...

I completely understand this whole post and the pain it brings to see them there.. Both my great grandma and grandma on mothers side lived to 96 years old and spent 2 years in nursing home... it was the hardest 4 years in my life watching them wilt away like the beautiful flowers they were... just like a flower something cut the stem and they just wilt so quickly =( I am sorry about your grandma

 
At May 4, 2011 at 4:01 PM , Anonymous Rach said...

Oh wow, so much emotion in this post. I can't imagine how difficult that must be for you and for your grandmother. At least she has so much family that loves her, though!

 

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