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Back Home From Home

After a lightning quick visit to Mom and Dad Pony, I'm back in lovely Grad School Town, waiting for the apartment to notice that I've turned the heat on. Among other things, I got to see my sister and share lots of exciting gossip with her and let her take my blood pressure, which turns out to be very healthy. We also saw the new Harry Potter movie, which was great fun. It also displayed exactly the same strengths and weaknesses as Rowling's writing.

Sometimes you don't quite know what you're thankful for on Thanksgiving Day. Having gotten up at 4:30 in the morning to get to the airport, I was mostly thankful that day for the fact that no one expected me to do anything more than eat and be vaguely entertaining to Dad Pony's students who were having dinner with us. However, yesterday I had something to be thankful for.

It seems that my 85-year-old grandmother has been very sick for a couple of weeks, and nobody was really sure what was wrong with her. They thought it was a stomach flu, since she couldn't keep food down. We went down to visit my grandparents on Friday, bringing a Thanksgiving dinner and stuff, and my grandfather just seemed absolutely at the end of his rope. My grandmother looked awful, really pale and out of it, and she hadn't really been eating or drinking for several days and was beginning to get seriously dehydrated. But she perked up when she saw us coming, and Mom Pony called around until she found a doctor on call who stayed on the phone for a very long time while we described my grandmother's symptoms. My sister, who is a nursing student, even got to use some of her new skills in this.

Mom took my grandparents to the emergency room, where they stayed for a long time. About six hours later, we got the news: they think that my grandmother has either an ulcer or really bad acid reflux. This is fantastic news, in that both of these problems are treatable and will go away.

So here's what I'm thankful for this year: My grandmother, who I love a great deal, does not have some horrible life-threatening flu, bird or otherwise, and she'll get better and I'll see her when I go home next month, and she'll keep on telling all her fantastic stories and sometimes forgetting what language she's speaking, and she'll ask me in German about how my classes are going and I'll be able to hug her some more.

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dawtheminstrel
Nov. 27th, 2005 01:03 am (UTC)
I'm glad your grandmother is okay, Pony. It's really scary when someone is sick and you have no idea what's going on.

I saw HP this weekend too. I thought it was very imaginatively visualized, particularly the World Cup scenes at the start.
frenchpony
Nov. 27th, 2005 01:11 am (UTC)
Thanks. I do hope she feels better by winter break. But she's got my grandfather and Mom Pony taking care of her, and she asked Mom Pony to help her wash and cut her hair, so I'm optimistic about this. I've read that one sign that someone is getting over a sickness is when they start to care about their appearance.

I loved the World Cup scenes, too. I was slouched over in my seat laughing out loud at them.
fafojoy
Nov. 27th, 2005 01:31 am (UTC)
I am glad your grandmother's problems appear to be treatable - that is great news. She sounds like quite a character too.

We're going to see HP tomorrow.
frenchpony
Nov. 27th, 2005 03:14 am (UTC)
She is indeed quiet a character. Dad Pony describes her as a raconteur, which is true. They didn't like each other when Mom and Dad first got married, but over the years, they've gotten closer, and I think they really respect each other now, though they won't ever really admit it. I've always loved listening to her tell stories.
dot_o_choillmor
Nov. 27th, 2005 01:50 am (UTC)
You made me a little teary talking about your grandmother. She sounds like a lovely lady. It must have been scary. My granda isn’t well at all either but because he has Alzheimer’s, it’s hard to tell what’s wrong :-/ I’m very glad it turned out well and I hope she gets better soon. I bet Pony’s hugs helped her a lot.
frenchpony
Nov. 27th, 2005 03:15 am (UTC)
I bet Pony’s hugs helped her a lot.

Actually, when she called Mom to say she and my grandfather wouldn't be coming for Thanksgiving, she asked if Mom would bring me down to visit the day after, because she wanted some Pony hugs. I made sure to oblige.
saadiira
Nov. 27th, 2005 03:46 pm (UTC)
I am sorry to hear about your Grandma. That's rough. My great uncle has rather sunk into some form of dementia these last few months, as his heart condition worsens, and he fades away, and has to have round the clock nursing. Thankfully, he can get it.
dot_o_choillmor
Dec. 7th, 2005 11:56 pm (UTC)
Ack. Saadiira, I just got your comment. LJ has been sending the missing ones from the last few weeks all day. I didn’t realise you had replied. Sorry – you must think I’m terribly rude!

Anyway, thanks for your comment. Dementia really is rough, for everyone involved. My granddad is in a home so he is looked after and we’re very grateful for it but it’s still tough. I’m glad your great uncle is able to receive the care he needs as well and is probably as comfortable as possible, but I know how hard it must still be for you all to see.


bodkin_ra
Nov. 27th, 2005 07:24 am (UTC)
I hope your grandmother is feeling better - it seems that getting the Pony family on the case is very helpful.

I love your sister testing her new skills - good thing your blood pressure is OK since you had to go into finding medical help mode. And I hope your apartment has noticed the heating by now.
frenchpony
Nov. 27th, 2005 01:35 pm (UTC)
Now that she's got someone younger than my 88-year-old grandfather taking care of her, I think she'll be feeling better soon. She asked Mom Pony to help her wash her hair, which is a good sign. Getting The Family on any case is usually a good idea.

Little Sister Pony is very excited about all her new skills.

The apartment is warming up. It's electic heat, so it goes relatively quickly. It's just that I had the heat off for several days while I was away, and the cold penetrated. We get that kind of cold here in lovely Grad School Town.
dawn_felagund
Nov. 27th, 2005 07:57 am (UTC)
Such happy news about your grandmother! :^)
frenchpony
Nov. 27th, 2005 01:32 pm (UTC)
Yes, indeed. I hope she'll continue to be politely ladylike and surprisingly feisty for years to come.
saadiira
Nov. 27th, 2005 03:50 pm (UTC)
Pony, I am so glad to hear that your grandmother will be getting well again soon. She sounds wonderful.

and she'll keep on telling all her fantastic stories and sometimes forgetting what language she's speaking, and she'll ask me in German about how my classes are going and I'll be able to hug her some more.

The way you spoke about her there, and the love you so clearly feel for her made me cry a little. You express so beautifully how much you care.

And it's wonderful how fast your family just goes and rallies. You are truly blessed, and this is much to be thankful for.

BIG hugs, and get well soon wishes for your grandmom,

-Dira-
frenchpony
Nov. 27th, 2005 05:57 pm (UTC)
I do hope she'll get well soon, bearing in mind that, when one is 85, "soon" is a relative term.

And we couldn't NOT go and visit her when she asked. That's just not the way The Family works. We are constitutionally incapable of doing things any other way.
elliska
Nov. 27th, 2005 07:21 pm (UTC)
I'm glad your grandmother turned out to have something treatable, FP. Anything that happens like that at the age of 85 is very scary. She sounds like a great person. :-)
frenchpony
Nov. 28th, 2005 03:45 am (UTC)
She is a very interesting lady. I'm glad the doctors were able to diagnose her and that it was something treatable, too. She really looked terrible when we all went in to see her, but I think she'll get better in a couple of weeks.
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