One year ago tomorrow, my grandma suffered a stroke on Mother's Day. The stroke affected her swallowing, and it took months of rehab and recovery for her to be able to eat again and come back home. Since then she has had daily care, although not 24 hours a day. As my grandmother approaches her 90th birthday this weekend, we decided to throw her a birthday party. Not everyone reaches such a milestone, so it is worth celebrating!
As you may know, my grandma suffered a heart attack last week on April 27. She was admitted to the hospital to recover and for decisions to be made on her care. Ultimately, the family decided to transport her to a larger hospital to undergo a heart catheterization. She was transported that Sunday and underwent the catheterization on Monday afternoon. She was released to come home on Tuesday, May 1st. By the time she arrived home, a mere 45 minute drive, something was wrong. We are not sure at what point all of this happened, but my grandma suffered another stroke. Unfortunately, this time it has affected her mind. The past few days have been very touch and go. There have been good days and bad days, moments where we have laughed and moments where we have cried. She has returned to her old self for the most part, but there are still a few hallucinations, strange dreams, and off the wall comments. At moments, we weren't sure if she would ever recover because it almost seemed as if she had an instant onset of the worst case of Alzheimer's. She is being released from the hospital today and being transferred to a rehab facility for at least the next 100 days.
I ask that everyone please pray as we continue to pray for her and the rest of the family as this will be a big adjustment for us all. At this point in time, she will probably not be coming back home. We are not sure that we can care for her in the way that she needs. God has truly blessed this woman by giving her the strength and the willpower to overcome these obstacles that have been put before her. She is not ready to leave this world, and she won't go out without a fight. And you better believe she has not forgotten about that birthday party!