February 26th, 2007


Circling the wagons

My grandmother passed away last night. It looks like she may have had a second stroke. Well, technically a third one - tests show that she'd had a stroke before the one that landed her in the hospital.

The family's reacting the way it normally does - focusing on details, getting everybody together, and acting like nothing's wrong. I've apparently inherited more of this than I thought - I'm becoming the go-to girl for my mom. I made my flight arrangements, Eric's, and Mom's, since she wasn't really able to handle it. By the way, United needs better hold music - the same fifteen minutes of Porgy and Bess, the instrumental version, on a loop is not acceptable.

I fly out tomorrow, Eric flies out Thursday, and we'll be back on Monday. Natalina's taking care of the kitties, and helping us deal with the fact that there's an apartment inspection on Thursday or Friday. Perfect timing, no? We got a fair amount done this weekend, at the cost of Saturday game night (sorry, guys!) but there's always more to do. I have no idea how much I'll be able to do tonight, since I've got to pack and everything, too. Mom has decided that the one detail she's going to focus on is what I'm going to wear. Joy.

I'm...here. Grandma Wood was the last grandparent I had, and the one I knew the best. I really wanted Eric to meet her. I wanted to see her again. At the same time, I'm glad I didn't have to see her the way she was at the end - paralysed down one side, blind, and barely able to recognize her own family. She called my uncle by my father's name at one point - Dad's been gone for eight years now. She was in a nursing home at the end, and things weren't looking great, but they didn't look completely bleak. So, it's surprising, but not a shock.

I'm still at work - I have things to get done, and, as scattered as I am, it gives me something to focus on. My boss has been incredibly nice about the fact that I've spent most of today on the phone with either family members or the airline (and their freakin' hold music). Besides, if I go home, I'll be at home alone. I don't think I can handle that right now.

I'll have my cell phone on me, if anybody needs to get ahold of me. Eric will be around until Thursday morning, so he'll be at Game Night on Wednesday. We'll be coming back on Tuesday.