What a crazy couple of weeks it’s been!
Three weeks ago tomorrow everything around here sort of fell apart when my Grandfather woke up at 4:45 in the morning and was really sick. Several hours later we decided that he was definitely not acting like himself and we called the paramedics to take him to the ER. Eight hours after that, he was finally moved from the ER to a hospital room and about half an hour after that he was being rushed to ICU and the doctors were talking to us about full codes versus DNR’s.
Gramps has Congestive Heart Failure which we’ve maintained with diet and meds for the past few years. However the pneumonia that they found as well as the infection that he had caused his already weak heart to basically work at about 20%. So in the ICU they put in a central line so that they could pumps meds directly into his jugular and right to his heart. That helped tremendously but he was in the ICU for a little while longer until the meds regulated his blood pressure (when they moved him to the ICU it was like 62 over 30).
He eventually did get sprung from ICU and put into a regular room. If you follow me on Twitter you know what a total clusterfuck that was and I won’t even bother going into it again here. He ended up having pneumonia, sepsis, a infection in his urine, and also developed shingles while he was there. But… fifteen days after going to the ER the Gramps Man came home and then the next day he turned 97. :) We celebrated with his favorite dinner (Filet O’ Fish, fries, and a chocolate shake) and for the most part he’s doing okay. He’s definitely regressed… a 97 year old without Alzheimer’s would regress after a fifteen day hospital stay, but unfortunately he does have it, so yeah, he’s regressed.
Instead of his cane he uses a walker now and he hates it. LOL He sleeps a lot more too, and he’s definitely confused more than he used to be. But he’s still the crazy old man that we love. Still cracking jokes and when you ask him how he is he often says, “Fine as a frog’s hair.”
Oh and then in the middle of all of the hospital bullshit I had Bronchitis from hell (I'm still hacking three weeks later) AND we had a snow storm and I went in a ditch. I was not hurt, but my Grandpa’s car (which is pretty much my car) was. Over $2,000 in repairs later, the car is back to normal. Thankfully insurance paid for $1,800 of that! :)
So yeah, it’s been a crazy time around here. Unlike some people my muse doesn’t like to play when I’m over stressed. Some people thrive on drama for their motivation to write but all I want to do when I’m stressed is sleep or read. The only time that stress helps my creativity is when I’m not medicated and I don’t sleep… but yeah, that’s a Kelsey we don’t really want to see. :)
I managed to write a teeny tiny chapter yesterday but that’s about it. Oh and I wrote a blog post for my blog about how much Dementia sucks. There’s also a couple of happy little book reviews over there too including one on our very own Bronwyn Green’s most awesome book Guardian’s Challenge.
For now though, I’m about 20 pages away from finishing reading Jennifer Armintrout’s American Vampire so it’s reading time! Hope you all have a great week!
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