Since my last post, My grandmother took a turn for the worse.
She ended up having a 3 week stay in hospital. She has had radiation for some new cancers they found, she had her lungs drained of quite a bit of fluid and has had test after test after test. I’m not sure what they haven’t tested for!
She was discharged from hospital and I have now become her full time carer.
Maybe i am naive, maybe i am somehow coping better than some family members but i seem to be taking it all in my stride. (I think that’s the saying i’m thinking of.)
Never in my wildest dreams or darkest nightmares did i ever think that I would be the primary carer of the amazing woman who raised me.
Never did i imagine she would become so frail. She is mostly skin and bone now but her mind is still very sharp. She is still happy to speak up and say what is on her mind to most people she talks to. She requests favourite foods for her meals. She eats quite small servings now, but the main thing is that she is still eating.
The assortment of medications she is now on can be daunting but i am in a routine of what she has to have throughout the day.
We are fortunate enough to be in a government program where we get medical professionals out to the house to help her and visit her.
I’m not sure how much longer she will be with us, but i am making the most of each and every day we have together.
Even though we are in the middle of winter here, we still have plenty of flowers in the garden so i make sure she has a vase of two of fresh flowers in the house for her to look at throughout the day.
We try to joke around each day, find something funny to laugh at… or at least smile at.
I now feel it is up to me to try and make this final chapter as warm and loving as i can for her. I do not know how long this chapter is, but i hope we’re in it together for a while yet.