So many things have been happening this past week, I'm left wondering where to begin....
My maternal grandmother took ill Saturday, and on Sunday, we thought we might lose her. By Sunday night, I was in Tyler, Texas with my mother visiting her in the critical care unit. They allowed a few family members to visit patients for fifteen minutes several times a day, so we spent a lot of time running back and forth from my grandmother's house where we were staying to the hospital.
She was brought in, delusional, with extremely low sodium and pneumonia. After a particularly frightening episode on Sunday, they thought she had experienced a heart attack, but after performing a heart catheterization, decided that wasn't the case. No one knows what caused the episode, nor what caused the low sodium in the first place. It's difficult not knowing, but we were happy to find out her heart was in excellent condition.
Yesterday, she was well enough to be moved to a regular hospital room, and after getting her settled in, my mother and I each came home to piles of both regular and e-mail. She's returning this afternoon, but I'm staying behind to be with Kenzie and to work.
This, in fact, was only the second time Kenzie has ever slept through the night without me. Four years ago, we spent the night apart when my youngest brother entered the hospital with about 1/2 his normal blood volume (he was eventually diagnosed with Crohn's Disease). This week, he slept alone for three nights and did just fine. I, on the other hand, slept next to my mother in my grandmother's bed. It was wonderfully comforting in a time of stress.
There's so much more to write about, but I should probably catch up on bills and emails and.... Though I was only away for three days, the work has piled up.