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Some grandparent news today and their wedding anniversary. We celebrated yesterday my grandparents 68th wedding anniversary at the Nursing Home and wow, it’s crazy to think about being married to the same person that long! -ha. It seems like we just had their big party where they renewed their vows, 5 years ago. Their anniversary is actually this coming weekend but decided to celebrate a little early. It’s not easy getting the entire family together due to crazy schedules and we were still missing a few but most everyone could attend.
My grandparents are a mixed bag of emotions and behaviors now. It’s so different than earlier this year before my grandfather was taken to the hospital for some pretty scary behaviors in early February. This entire year has been a whirl wind from moving them into the main part of our house, to sending my grandfather back and forth to the hospitals for mental health checks, to admitting him to a nursing home and now my gram being diagnosed with stage 4 renal cancer and her to, spending weeks in a hospital + rehab facility to ending up in a nursing home with my grandfather. Geez, after I write all that, it’s no wonder why we are all on edge, cry at the drop of a hat and become super annoyed with each other. God has a plan I guess.
My son has no idea how lucky he is to have his great grandparents still in his life. I had my great grandmother in my life until I was 14. She was a huge influence in my childhood and I remember her like it was yesterday.
My gram had two rounds of radiation this week and the worst part she says, is taking the wheel chair van about 40 minutes from the Nursing Home to the radiologist. She can’t get into a car anymore because of her leg so a paid wheelchair van is the only option. It costs $125 round trip and my both my grandparents would die if they knew how much money it costs.
My grandfather still thinks he could drive her. His brain is all over the place these days. Dementia is such a scary thing. The doctors had to do a med change on him a couple weeks ago. He became increasingly agitated each day and wasn’t getting better. The news of my gram’s cancer triggered him to have a downward spiral. He has become more paranoid, jealous (yes he thinks my gram has eyes for someone else – which is the most ridiculous thing on the planet) and starting seeing dogs on my grandmothers roommates bed that were not there. Yes, it’s been a little crazy these past couple week – literally.
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