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I sprung Gramps from the Nursing Home

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Happy 4th of July! We are at the camp this week enjoying a little R & R but have been back and forth to the house too. That’s the beauty of being 5 minutes from home, we are close enough to get home but when at camp, we feel like we are a world away from it all. I thought you would all be glad to know, I sprung my gramps from the Nursing Home yesterday for a brief visit with my gram at home. Gramp sprung from the nursing home

This wasn’t planned, in fact, it was totally last minute. My son and I were headed to visit him at the nursing home and I planned on taking him out for coffee providing his mood was ok. My grandmother was stuck at home in bed with bad cramps in her leg so she wasn’t planning on visiting my grandfather.

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I had a crazy thought about bringing him home to see her so I called my dad and ran it by him and he said, “oh no, you’ll have the cops there taking him back in hand cuffs, he won’t go back, he’ll be a lunatic.” -ha. My dad is very dramatic sometimes…..

I laughed and said, “ok, I’ll think some more on it.” My grandfather has a tendency to want to be in control and in charge of everything and definitely has the ability to be stubborn.

I snapped this picture in the car after I told him we were headed home to see gram providing he cooperated and agreed to go back after the visit. He cried and said, “well I would be a stupid AS& if I didn’t cooperate and go back.” -haha.

I giggled and said “ummm yeah, you would be but that’s never stopped you before.” -ha

We ended up getting donuts and coffee at the Dunkin Donuts Drive thru and he was so excited to surprise my gram. They had a great visit for about an hour and half and then I brought him back. Fingers crossed he continues to cooperate so we can bring him home for short visits. I ended up telling him that he needs to sleep at the nursing home because of his special brain medicine so the Dr.’s can monitor him and he seemed to accept that. Have a wonderful 4th of July friends! PS. Did you see our new family room makeover with the gorgeous new hardwood flooring? Be sure to check out the entire series! 


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  1. Love this!!!
    Stumbled upon your FB in the last few days!!
    Brings back lots of memories…only my Mom didn’t want to go home and leave the security of the personal care home!
    GOOD JOB Jessica!!!!

  2. Happy 4th. of July to all generations of the family! Such wonderful news, Gramps was able to visit at home!! Hope this will be a viable plan for the future. My Gram used to say that “getting old isn’t good, but neither is the alternative.” Being up there now myself allows me to see the wisdom in that statement. Thank-you for sharing this happy update.

  3. Awww, you’re the best granddaughter! I bet your grandfather was glad to see his cat too!

  4. Adorable and sweet. You are so wonderful to your grandparents! Happy 4th of July to you and your family! God a Bless you all.

  5. That was wonderful of you to do. I’m sure they were happy for the vist. Hugs,

  6. That was so sweet of you to take your grandfather home for a visit with your grandmother. You are setting a wonderful example for your son on how to treat loved ones that are getting old which happens to all of us at some point 🙂

  7. So glad the visit went well ! What a nice surprise for both gram and gramps! Happy 4th if July!??????

  8. Anonymous says:

    So happy it all went well, for all of you……Jacquelyn

  9. William W Gerlach says:

    I’m so glad you were able to bring him home for a bit. Happy 4th to you and yours!

    1. I have no idea why my comment posted with my husband’s name. I didn’t even see it until I hit post. LOL

  10. I love reading your blog. I’m entering into the phase of life where my parents are aging and I’ll have to think about assisted living & nursing homes. Thanks for your honestly & for sharing your story.

  11. I’m so glad your grandfather was able to visit with your grandmother and that it went well. What a nice treat! Happy 4th to you and enjoy your time camping!

  12. Juanita in OH says:

    Awe, it is so good to see him with that big beautiful smile!!! I just want to hug him tight. I will go back and look at the flooring post. I am so happy about the peace that surrounds you all in the photo. I have a huge problem with leg cramps and pain also. When I get in the bed and I stretch my leg and flex my foot out to the side and hold for ten seconds on the left, relax and do the right; or, either side I am left handed and I also seem to be left footed, lol. Check with her doctor first. It really helps me, I hope it will help her if she is allowed to do it. I do five to ten on each side depending on how I am feeling. Hope you all had a wonderful Independence Day. TFS.


  13. This makes my heart sing! I wish I had the honor of knowing your Gramps – he reminds me so much of my daddy. Prayers that he continues to behave so you can spring him again for these wonderful outings! XoXo

  14. Awe! Hope, pray for many more if these days for gramps and gran! Does he remember his cat? Hope so! Happy 4th!

    1. He sure does! The cat spends the entire time in his lap when he visits 🙂 He has been home now for short visits 5 times!

  15. I have been so engrossed in your nursing home diaries, as I went thru much the same emotions and actions when I had to move my dad into a nursing home earlier this year. When I read your blog on springing your grandad, I admit I shed quite a few tears! May God bless you for being so caring and compassionate toward your grandfather.

    1. Hi, it’s definitely been an experience of emotions that’s for sure! Thank you for your sweet comment 🙂

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