Friday, July 4, 2008

A Year Ago Today.

A year ago today, my grandma laid in a hospital bed.  She had fallen and broken her arm and her hip while accompanying me to the hospital for Daisy to have tubes put in her ears.  It was all so fast, she fell and I couldn't grab her, I will remember the look of terror on my grandpa's face as he struggled to catch her for the rest of my life, and the guilt we both felt for days to come.  It happens everyday, older people fall and things happen, but see my grandma was supposed to be starting a new life here in this town we live in.  My Grandparents had sold their home of 51 years to live close to me, HD and the kids.  It was only while I was back in Ohio packing that I noticed my Grandma who had raised me all my life wasn't herself, she was sick, I took her to the Doctor while I was there had some tests done and within a week braced ourselves for the news that she had stage 3 colon cancer.
On the morning my Grandma fell she was supposed to be having her last radiation treatment, so that we could get on with our lives, prayerfully cancer free.
One year ago, while we were getting ready for the parade, the phone rang, it was the hospital telling us my Grandma had started having heart problems and they thought she might be having a heart attack.  
I can't even begin to explain how helpless I had felt, she was just going through too much, how can she be ok, this isn't supposed to be happening I  am not supposed to lose her yet.
But God's not done with my Grandma yet because she turned around, her heart is fine, she had surgery to fix her hip, then in September she had the cancerous tumor removed from her colon.
My Grandparents moved into their own home last October and are doing well for a 77 year old woman and a 79 year old man.  She is cancer free.
Although she is having some trouble with her memory and she has had pneumonia since then, she is here and she is happy.  She brings us all joy, she loves my children and Twice Blessed's children and they dearly love her!
One year ago today, I thought my Grandma was going to leave us, I know my Grandma will be going on to be with Jesus someday but am very thankful we still have her here with us now.  So funny how things can be so bleak and time changes everything.  What were you doing one year ago today, a cook out, fireworks, did things seem rough in your life? 

 I am so glad when I don't know what the future holds I always know God is holding us.
I hope you all have a wonderful Fourth of July, we are spending it with our family, enjoying each other and celebrating.

9 comments:

We are THAT Family said...

What a beautiful story! We don't always know what God has planned, but we have to trust His heart. I am so glad she is still with you!

P.S. He loves you... said...

I can't remember..but I know today I won't forget it was a family/friend fun filled day and I am blessed to see witness of HIM everywhere, what a great post!

MoziEsmé said...

Sounds like a traumatic 4th! Hope this one goes better. And so glad your grandma is doing fine now. It is good to know He is in control regardless of what happens.

Amy said...

Growing up without a father, my grandma was a big help to my mom and still is today. I love the fact that she moved close to me. She' 89 and had a stroke close to a year ago. She was always very healthy until then. She still does awesome for 89.
Your grandma is so loving at sweet and your grandpa is too and has such a sense of humor.
A year ago Madi was only 4 months old so, we were home playing with her!

Gotta GROW with it said...

beautiful post. and sounds like a beautiful, strong and wonderful grandma! oh that is so true how life can change in an instant. i'm learning (slowly) on how to embrace those times that throw us...for they bring us closer and closer to HIM!

Razor Family Farms said...

I was in tears as I read this. Thank you for posting such a beautiful story!

Blessings!
Lacy

Becky said...

Glad to hear she is doing well and you still have her to kick around for a while. :)

The Maid

Beautiful Craziness said...

We are in some of those same spots right now. Thank you for the encouraging words.

Big Hair Envy said...

Glad your Grandma has recovered from that traumatic experience. Treasure every moment with your grandparents, they are a gift from God.