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Counting Years and Blessings

Happy Birthday to GRANDMA:

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Have I mentioned she's a maniac? Yes, she's a maniac. Also, quite talented: She can burp on command! Not just your ordinary burp--a long, earsplitting, drawn-out belch that instantly makes you check the front of your shirt. In her ultimate wisdom, she taught her grandson to do the same. He took advantage of that and would speak in "burps" when he was small rather than answering my questions. Um, I think he still does that...

When she laughs, it's a loud, hearty belly laugh that can be heard down the halls of her nursing home. She tools around with a wheeled walker decorated with stuffed animals and Hawaiian leis, stopping to chat with long-time residents and nurses whose names she can no longer remember. She flirts with the EMTS who pass through to cart off her neighbors ("Hmm, that one's cute!"). Though she can't tell you what she had for dinner five minutes ago, she knows exactly what time they serve ice cream on every unit.

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"This is MY hamburger. DON'T TOUCH IT!"

With Grandma now in the moderate stages of Alzheimers, our conversations are circular--stuck in "The Loop" as Beth calls it. Little hints every now and then warn us that, sadly, if she does live to be 100 as she so often threatens us, she may not recognize us anymore. After her last trip to the hospital she briefly forgot my name. When Nate visited her the other day, without the rest of the family around as a cue, she continuously asked him, "How's Nate?" She obviously identified him as part of the family. But something was missing.

We are prepared. In the meantime, though, we are truly blessed to have her.

HAMMING IT UP!

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ophelialaughs
May. 1st, 2013 03:10 pm (UTC)
Happy birthday, Grandma!
onegrapeshy
May. 2nd, 2013 10:57 am (UTC)
Grandma says THANKS! :)
swhisted
May. 1st, 2013 04:09 pm (UTC)
How old is she now? My grandmother took care of her neighbor until she passed all through the Alzheimers stages and kept a journal of it all (the funny (the time she gussied herself up because her "young stallion boyfriend" was coming over to "sex her up" (her words, for real)), the sad (the days she didn't remember who my Maw Maw was or recognize the house she lived in all of her adult life), the strange (the time she swore there were three people hanging by the neck in her living room judging her for smoking), etc...) I hope it serves as a good tool to help me get through it all when my own grandparents go through it. Your grandmother's too cute, btw! Happy Birthday to her!
onegrapeshy
May. 2nd, 2013 10:59 am (UTC)
She's 89, and thanks!
susanwrites
May. 1st, 2013 04:53 pm (UTC)
Happy birthday grandma.
onegrapeshy
May. 2nd, 2013 10:59 am (UTC)
Thank you, Susan. :)
edgyauthor
May. 3rd, 2013 12:59 am (UTC)
Aw, happy birthday to grandma! She sounds like a lot of fun to have around. Love her hamming it up in that last picture--too cute! That's really sad about her Alzheimers, though...
onegrapeshy
May. 3rd, 2013 01:45 am (UTC)
The good thing is...she doesn't remember she has it. :)
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