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The latest on my grandfather’s stroke and his health is a bit dismal. I am not sure if you follow me on facebook but I have opened up my personal page as public for many of the blog updates as our Four Generations One Roof Facebook page seems to be stalled due to the Facebook algorithm. If you are interested in day to day updates, follow me here on facebook.
Last week my grandfather had a stroke which didn’t really seem to do much damage. Honestly, I am not really sure how I feel about his current state as he is suffering and more or less in a vegetative state. The stroke slurred his speech a bit but he seems to be back to the way he was prior to the stroke. It’s sad to say this but his quality of life is so poor that I wish he would just close his eyes and pass in his sleep. I don’t have any fun cute stories to share about him for the first time ever. My interactions with him are usually watching him sleep or trying to make sense of what he is talking about.
This picture above was taken in 2015 and wow, he was so active. I remember like it was yesterday taking this picture in Michaels Crafts after he bought flowers for my grandmother. It was this same day, we went next door to the pet store and looked at cats that needed homes. I cannot believe this was almost 4 years ago.
This was one of the first pictures below that I ever shared on the blog of my grandfather in 2013.
I know many of you started following the blog over 7 years ago due to our unique multigenerational living arrangement and many of you quickly fell in love my grandfather. Needless to say, he enjoyed being the center of attention when it came to my blog.
The last blog post I wrote about him was early November 2018 titled, “watching my grandfather die slowly from dementia, and at that point he was still able to carry on a decent (somewhat mixed up) conversation and he still liked his picture taken.
When I left his room the day he had his stroke, I said good-bye and told him I was going on a trip to Arizona for work and he perked right up and said, “ok kid, have fun!” and gave me a wink. I couldn’t believe he actually could wink his eye. Then he immediately went back to talking in circles, reaching for the sky and making no sense. It’s like he appeared for a brief second and then was gone. I will never understand how the mind of a person with dementia works. You can find my latest updates on my gramp on our multigenerational living page and follow me over on my facebook page.
What started as a hobby, Jessica’s blog now has millions of people visit yearly and while many of the projects and posts look and sound perfect, life hasn’t always been easy. Read Jessica’s story and how overcoming death, divorce and dementia was one of her biggest life lessons to date.