Monday, December 17, 2007

This is the sweetest, most loving, kindest, gentlest human being I've been blessed to love. If you cry, she will cry with you. If you want someone to show you compassion, compassion she will give. If you have wronged her, she will forgive you. She isn't capable of hurting of hating; and she has shown me how kindness can bring out the best in people you come in contact with. Her example is difficult to follow because it means completely abandoning the worst of human nature. This is my grandmother.

On Monday night she scared the crap out of me. As you can see she enjoys playing her poker machine, so once in a while I take her to a local casino here in Las Vegas so she can do just that. She has difficulty walking long distances because of a heart condition (defective heart valve). She runs out of breath quickly and has to stop in order to regain it. The cardiologist told me that it was healthy for her to walk otherwise she would loose the ability.

Unfortunately, she doesn't walk nearly enough as she should. Monday night when I took her out to play her machines she nearly couldn't make it back to the car, which was parked at a short distance from the entrance of the casino. I nearly freaked out thinking something was going to happen to her. Fortunately she did make it, but had to rest against the car before getting in. It broke my heart.

She is feeling better now but I'm going to take her to the doctor as soon as possible to report the incident and have her examined. I have to ask if it is healthy for her to continue walking, or if I should purchase a wheelchair for activities such as the one on Monday night. Please keep her in your prayers.

Blessings and Merry Christmas,

Yes, she likes to drink frappuccinos. I couldn't say no to her.


Adrienne said...

Make her walk but get her a portable oxygen tank - and a wheelchair for backup:)

Faithful Catholic said...

God bless you, Tom, and your wonderful grandmother, too!

I second what Adrienne said. If you are concerned about your grandmother's ability, maybe a wheelchair in the trunk of your car for backup when you're away from home. At home though, try to keep her walking. I've been there and done that with my mom. She stopped walking when she had her pacemaker put in because she was afraid and I, like an idiot, did not encourage her to do even the most minimal bit of walking because I didn't want to scare her. All sorts of things I won't mention fall by the wayside when people stop walking and bearing weight.

Thank you for sharing your picture of your grandmother. God has blessed you both to have each other in your lives.

Merry Christmas!