for Pat Adair, and the people who love her...

Our beloved Pat got some shocking news recently, and we're off and running on a mysterious medical adventure. Not an adventure we would have picked, but we're off just the same... (If you're new to the blog, start here.)

Thursday, January 3, 2008

An update from Courtney, Pat's oldest granddaughter.

When I first got the call that Grandma was in the hospital I was able to go home from work and have a good long cry. The worst part about hearing a loved one is sick is the period of time where nothing is clear. Unfortunately things aren't much clearer but after visiting with Grandma today some things have become quite evident. Grandma can be worried sick about others, but when it comes to her own well being she's fairly easy going. My first thought was that she wasn't coping with the news, I didn't think it was possible that anyone could handle this large of a shock with such grace. However after spending the day in the hospital and hearing the patient hollering next door, his crazy family with the woman in loud fur prints, and the family feud which required a surprisingly foreboding swarm of nurses prepared for a dog pile inspired takedown, it's safe to say Grandma is the belle of the ball with her sunny disposition. (A remarkably smart pun if you could see her bright shade of yellow jaundice.)

Grandma jokes with the nursing staff (while Dave gawks at the beauties that look like they just walked out of an episode of Grey's Anatomy) and she is in high spirits despite the liquid diet and oxygen tubes. For medical updates you'll have to read Dave's entries, but I thought it was important to let everyone know how well Grandma is doing emotionally. I always knew she was Star Valley stock, and watching her today courageously take each step at a time comforted me to no end and I hope it will for you all as well. As Dave said it will be downhill from here, and I don't mean to belittle the situation, but being around Grandma today put me at ease. Grandma is extremely thankful for all the well wishes and as I write this I can hear both Grandma and Great Grandma Anderson exclaim, "Bless their heart!"

I apologize for this rambling entry and so to emphasize; Grandma is and will be going through difficult times on all fronts. But if today's visit was any indication of what's to follow, we will be spending our time with the same beloved Grandma that still puts a Z in her apple pies for Zorro, gives us personalized ornaments for Christmas and always gives more of herself than one could imagine possible.

I love you Grandma. - Courtney


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