Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Unexpected Trip

Got a call thursday (aug 18) did i want to accompany my dad to Missouri to help deal with my grandfather and help with the drive there.  I agreed to go and we left friday morning.  At this point in the summer, anything to get away from this unrelenting heat wave. ( Actually it would be good to spend time with gramp and my aunt Linda since she would be there too.)
  Grandpa had fallen-no injuries, but he didn't want us to know.  Thankfully he has neighbors that look out for
him and let us know things like this.  He's had some equilibrium issues along with short-term memory loss, so his kids decided they needed to check things out.  We spent the week dealing with dr calls, home healthcare-which has already been stopped. (i have a very stubborn, independent grandfather) and errands.  Still some things that need to be taken care of, but those can be done on the phone.  He was also told to stop driving-he's 94 and that will be a huge adjustment as he started driving around the age of 10-he grew up in the country in a different time.
   My morning view from the deck looked like this most days.  (2nd photo) can't get this to line up and tired of trying.  I remembered some old photos that were on the lower level that my aunt hadn't seen so i got those out-then found a bonus-Old photo's from my grandmother's side of the family that no one had ever seen before-They are written in croation so we'll have to translate, but what a find!
  It was hard to leave grandpa-lots of changes in his life right now-only time will tell how he will deal with them.
our resident spider had a web every morning
The woman in plaid is my great-grandmother

Gramp and Dad at college of the Ozarks after lunch

Me and Grandpa (S of the O) after lunch

Linda and Grandpa after lunch

Birthday celebration (few days early) for dad

Time to say Good-Bye

Croation on back of photo

Dad cooked one night

1 comment:

Carol said...

Lovely post about your grandfather. What a blow that must be to have to give up driving at 94 - not easy to accept. You are so fortunate to have had this time with him.