Saturday, February 27, 2010
I haven't posted in a while because things have been unusual this week. Last Sunday morning, my paw paw found my granny slumped over in a chair, unresponsive. At the ER, they weren't sure exactly the cause, until an MRI showed that she'd had a major stroke. Several CT Scans, MRIs, and days later, with no response other than groaning and slight muscle jerks/movements, the prognosis is that she is now terminal. They are simply doing everything they can to keep her comfortable until the time of her passing comes.
This isn't her first stroke...she had one a few years ago that really affected her health. We have all seen her health steadily decline since that time. It was even getting to the point where she didn't remember things well at all, and even didn't recognize people at times.
One of the sweetest and most heart breaking things I have ever seen is my paw paw taking care of her these past few days. We went down on Thursday with the kids, to say our goodbyes. He jumps at her every sound, rubs her head, adjusts the covers, and holds her hand. He prays for her suffering to pass.
I also went down again today, without the rest of the family. My parents and I went to their house to gather some photos to scan for a slide show and for making a memory book for the family. The first thing I saw when I walked into the living room was a card on the TV. It was a Valentine's card for my granny from my paw paw. It had a sweet verse on the front and more on the inside, but the tear jerking moment came when I saw that he had hand written words at the end... "For my wife, my love."
They have been married for 62 years.
Please say a prayer for this family... for a husband of 62 years...4 grown songs, their wives, and the many grandchildren, great-grand children, and the rest of the extended family, who are preparing themselves for this time.