Tuesday, July 26, 2005

My grandmother

My maternal grandmother had a mini-stroke a few weeks ago. They ran a battery of tests and said there wasn't much they could do that they weren't already doing.

My mother called this afternoon to say that my grandmother just blacked out and fell over while at the lawyer's office with my grandfather.

It's not good. They think it was a clot. She has no motor function on her right side. It's gnarled and contracts involuntarily. She has no speech, and only opens her eyes for short periods of time, but cannot focus. She is very agitated, but makes no noise. Her blood pressure was 210/56 at one point tonight, and they've put her on something which has temporarily lowered it to 154/76, but she can only be on that for a short while. She is in the Neuroscience Intensive Care. The doctor said he will know more after 72 hours. At 72 hours is when the brain starts to swell.

It is so hard to see her like this. She is 81 years old and takes better care of herself than many 20 and 30 year olds. She walks several miles every day, eats well, and loves to putter outside in her garden. This is not what she would have wanted. She is probably screaming that everyone is seeing her like this and making such a fuss.

Please pray for her. If you don't share my Christian views, please send positive thoughts her way. Her name is Evelyn. She is a proud mother of 9 children. My mother is right in the middle.


Blogger Jessica said...

Am sending prayers and positive thought your way and to your grandmother

Wednesday, July 27, 2005 3:42:00 AM  
Blogger Stricken madchen said...

I'm sorry. I'm praying for your grandmother and your family too. It's always hard to see a loved one going through health issues.

Wednesday, July 27, 2005 10:21:00 AM  

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