radegund: (wet-stones)
My grandmother with the pneumonia is on the mend.

We sprang her from chokey on 23 December, in time for her long-booked hairdresser appointment, and she enjoyed the Christmas festivities, although she required a lot more care than usual. (High point: being carried down my parents' narrow, screechy basement stairs backwards in a wheelchair.) Her hands were very swollen from fluid retention, so she couldn't (e.g.) feed herself, and the drugs she was on were making her very woozy.

Christmas was really the only reason she came home so soon, of course. On the 27th she was readmitted, on the grounds that having oxygen and nurses to hand was better for her at that time. I saw her the day before yesterday, and she was immeasurably improved. Hands back to normal, reading, conversing clearly. She should be coming out this afternoon.

She'll be 89 in May. It's unclear whether this episode is a blip or part of an overall acceleration in her decline. But for the moment, we're all very relieved.

This week

Dec. 17th, 2008 10:43 pm
radegund: (wet-stones)
This week is not getting any easier. As of last night, my 88-year-old grandmother is in hospital with pneumonia.

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