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June 14, 2009

Freshly back from a work trip to London, I hopped on another plane less that 24-hours later and headed to Minnesota.  That’s where I am now–in some motel room off of 494, in between the airport and West St. Paul.

My grandma is ill. Or shall I say, more ill.  She’s been battling multiple myeloma for some years now, but it’s taken a turn for the worse as of late.  We had been afraid (from afar) that she was leaning towards some early stages of dementia. Seeing her now, in person, it’s obvious that she is just as quick-witted as ever but the overwhelming pain and the ensuing meds to battle it are what’s stopping her thought processes short and making her come across as confused. It’s a bittersweet revelation–good to know that she is lucid, sad to know that there is that much pain that shuts her down like that. She’s my last living grandparent.  She’s talking about her last days, trying to give things away so the “right” people get them, yet holding out hope to finally see a great grandbaby out of this side of the family.

Now that we know how’s she’s doing, that she is still “with it”, I think we will spend the next couple of days trying to spoil her a bit…bringing her favorite treats (bismarcks), stocking up on silly decor for her hospice room and visiting as much as we can between the naps and the pain.

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5 Comments leave one →
  1. June 14, 2009 12:05 pm

    Sorry sweetie:-(

  2. Bug permalink
    June 14, 2009 9:15 pm

    Man, the travel is rough. But I am so glad you get to spend this time with her. She is lucky to have you and you are lucky to have her and I bet you both truly appreciate it.
    Kisses to you and your grandmother and the whole family.

  3. brian permalink
    June 17, 2009 1:16 am

    sorry to hear -read- the news, hope things go well for you and her ~Brian

  4. June 29, 2009 2:41 pm

    Sorry to hear that bb —

    Was in Detroit Lakes a few years ago when my grandmother passed away – in Feb – there was a blizzard, and of course we being from the south figured the funeral would not go on, but it didn’t seem to bother anyone. All her 80-something year old friends driving in a blizzard like it was nothing.

    Your post reminded me, and how I kind of miss not going to Minn. anymore to visit.

  5. June 30, 2009 9:00 pm

    Thanks for the words everyone. It was lovely getting in that visit. Made me all weepy and happy for what I have in my life. Time now to concentrate on home!

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