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Holiday Goings On
Things started off wonderfully this holiday season. Mom & I got up early and headed off to Curves and then to mom's Weight Watchers meeting. (They had some funny Weight Loss Carols that were played.) Then we popped off to Walmart to pick up two family-sized pizzas from Papa Murphy's. They make up the pizzas to order, then you bake them yourself. These were for supper. And then it was back home to pick up Papa so we could head off to the airport.

Amy & Rachel arrived in Ohio just fine and only a little late (darn that Detroit airport!). We had a nice lunch at Max & Erma's and then scooted on home. Mom's brothers were going to join us for supper (hence the pizza) since the girls head back to Minnesota before the Anderson gathering. Folks all napped and I returned home to goof off (and write my journal entry).

Uncle Bob & Aunt Madeline arrived first, followed by Uncle Doug, Aunt Charlene and finally Patty, my cousin. We all squeezed around the kitchen table for pizza, chips, and popcorn popped in Gramma's old kettle. (Doug recognized it right away.) We had a nice evening chatting, eating, and laughing. I ate too much (no surprise there).

The next day was our day off. Heh. We decided to spend it shopping. CD Connection to pick up an Amy gift, the pet store for Leo's present, then K's for lunch. K's is a greasy spoon (aka diner) that's been in Troy since 1935. I got a cheeseburger, fries, and malted milk. Very yummy. And greasy. The way cheeseburgers are meant to be. We then headed off to Kohl's where I found a bedspread for my winter sheets. It's flannel and had matching shams & bedskirt all together. I also got a spare set of snowman flannel sheets for when my current winter sheets wear out. Some more Christmas presents were found & bought. And our final stop of the shopping experience was Krogers, for all of the groceries we'd need for the holidays.

Once we got back, I dumped my stuff off in my house. When I got back to the folks' house, I found out they had a phone call from Aunt Becky - they were waiting on the squad to come & pick up Granny. So mom & dad headed off to Granny's and followed the ambulance to the emergency room. Granny was having intestinal woes (TMI) but in the process of helping her with that, they found out her blood had gotten too thin and she was bleeding internally. Eep! Had she not had the intestinal complaint, they wouldn't have found the blood chemistry problem and she probably would have passed away that evening. Yikes!

The good news is that they caught it in time. They were able to stabilize her condition and they admitted her to ICU that night. Mom & dad stayed with her the whole time, finally coming home after 11pm or so. Poor Granny!

Today, Amy, Rachel & I went to visit Granny in ICU. She recognized us OK, but she did have a lot of confusion. She asked about Grandma Lowry (either her grandmother or mother - I'm not sure which). She was convinced that mom & dad were in a car accident and was relieved when we told her that they were both home and fine. It was sad to see her with such confusion, but she is eating and drinking. Not a lot, but it's something. Her blood pressure is fairly normal now. They still have the intestinal complaint to deal with, so she has that to contend with. But they'll do what they can for her. When the folks get home from visiting, we'll find out of there's anything new.

After visiting Granny, we headed to the Night Sky Cafe for lunch. Grilled cheese on sourdough with tomato & ham, plus a bowl of broccoli cheddar soup, was my lunch. I bought lunch for the girls too. Then off to Wynan's for coffee (for the girls) and cocoa (peppermint, for me). A stop in The Bakehouse for a chocolate chip cookie split three ways, and we were done with the downtown. We stopped at Krogers once more to pick up something for the parentals, then back home.

I returned home to form the dried beef cheeseballs I made this morning. One for tonight at Granny's (even though she won't be there - alas!), one for tomorrow night when we open presents, and two to take along to elsaf's. One for the Doctor Who Viewing Party (where her brother and his g/f will join us to watch The Christmas Invasion!) and the other for when Elsa, judiang and I get together in Chicago.

While typing this up, I got a call from CD Connection- the other CD that I ordered is in, so I should probably go get it before the party tonight. Then I can wrap it tonight so it'll be ready for tomorrow. Yay! I love Christmas!

Granny, get well!

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elsaf From: elsaf Date: December 23rd, 2005 09:44 pm (UTC) (Link)
My dad has been on blood thinners for years and years. We've had a couple of emergencies when his blood got too thin. The dosage has to be adjusted regularly.

Dad is now on a program where he goes for a blood test once every two weeks or a month (I forget which), and they give him a new dosage each time. And if he misses a blood-draw appointment, they call and nag him to come in.

You should check and see if your local hospital has a program like that for your grandmother.

And on a completely different topic: Cheesball YAY!
antikythera From: antikythera Date: December 23rd, 2005 09:48 pm (UTC) (Link)
Hope your granny gets better. I take it she isn't usually confused like that... but I guess blood loss can do that to a person.

Dude, I have to find a greasy spoon where I can get a malted milk.
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drake57 From: drake57 Date: December 24th, 2005 02:31 am (UTC) (Link)
I'm glad they caught that,my Mom had a heart attack from slow bleeding internally,thank goodness Dad did cpr and the Rescue came in time,that was over 20 years ago and she's still with us (and you got meet her).
warinbabylon From: warinbabylon Date: December 24th, 2005 11:48 am (UTC) (Link)
I'm glad they caught the problem in Granny when they did. I hope she gets well soon.

Sounds like the holidays will be full and fun for you...enjoy!
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