We had quite the visiting weekend! We were quite scared on Thursday, when we found out suddenly that my Nana had a few seizures and possibly a stroke. My mother, BG, and I rushed down to Connecticut to be with her, and spent some sitting with her, talking with doctors, crying, and praying. It was a very difficult night with a lot of hard decisions and coming to terms with things none of us wanted to contemplate. We drove home quite anxious, wishing we didn’t need to leave. We were thrilled to learn that she had regained consciousness on Friday, and was responsive. Each phone call had a bi more good news in it than the previous one!
On Saturday we (my folks, the girls, and I) made a less-rushed trip down to Connecticut, and were able to spend some quality time with Nana. She had a bit of confusion, but her personality was back! The girls were able to visit with Nana and Grandpa Bob, as well as with their Uncle and his girlfriend. My uncle and his wife were there too, so it was a great day for family togetherness! They did a great job of keeping busy in the waiting room and were really patient.
While we were visiting Nana at the hospital, we walked over to see my other Nana, who lives one block away. She was being visited by my father & stepmother, so the girls were able to see their Grampy & Mimi.
Visiting with my grandmothers can be very difficult and emotionally draining. One has a body that is falling apart, but her mind is still really sharp. The other has a body that is doing great, but she’s developed memory problems. Since my grandmothers are 86 and 91, I am grateful they are around, but it’s still hard to see them so frail, when I remember them running around with me and taking long walks.
The girls and I went with my step-father to visit his mother, who is recovering from a fall. After spending so much time in a hospital on Saturday, I expected some complaining from the girls, but they were great – and BG even pushed Gram’s wheelchair down the hall! I was really impressed with all three of them.
Finally, to round out the weekend, the girls spent Sunday evening with some of their cousins. They had some supervised visitation with their father at their cousin’s house, and it sounds like it all went well.
So, 4 great-grandparents, 4 grandparents, plus several assorted uncles, aunts, and cousins, all in 48 hours! I don’t know if we can top that any time soon. I didn’t bring my camera, though, so you’ll have to make do with these pics of the girls with Nana, and me with Nana from a visit in early February.