Yes, it is me...back in East TN and as much as I enjoyed being out there deep in the heart of Texas (well, actually the northeast portion), it is good to be back here. It was a wonderful wedding, and pictures were posted on facebook, but I will be posting a few here when I have a little bit more time.
When I got back here on Sunday, I was picked up at the airport by our neighbors, Scott and Laurie and their daughter, Olivia. We stopped for lunch at Applebee's near the airport. It was yummy! Then it was on to the house so I could pick up my little red Yaris, and head for the hospital to spend time with Gramps. He was glad to see me, and I to see him. All the reports from the doctors and nurses were good as to his surgery.
He had been quite agitated, however, and not understanding why he was there. He believed it was all some kind of conspiracy and did not remember falling on Friday. He wanted me to contact his Uncle Court who used to be a lawyer (and married to his Aunt Lula - who he sometimes thinks I am). He said if his Uncle Court would not take the case, then to contact lawyer Parks who used to practice law in Jefferson City. Now, unfortunately, he does not know that all three of those people are gone on to their rewards. The only way I could contact them would be maybe with a Ouija board. ha. Anyway, I told him I would take care of it, and he said "Okay, I'll put it all in your hands."
The night nurse cleared out the space between the two beds in his room (the other bed in his room was empty) and so she pushed the other bed over next to his and I was able to sleep right next to him, and we both slept very well on Sunday night. However the next night was different. He was not going to sleep at all. They gave him Demerol for pain during the day and then gave him something that was supposed to knock him out, but did not affect him at all. He spent the night pulling off his gown, and trying to get up out of bed to go to the bathroom. (They removed the Foley on Monday morning and put Depends on him.) He had not been used to wearing them and was insistent on getting up the way he was used to. Now, unfortunately, the only time he was going to be able to get up at first was with the therapist.
The nurses and workers at Morristown Hamblen Hospital are wonderful and so very caring. We thank them so very much for all they did for us!
One time on Monday night, he actually got his legs over the side of the bed and was on his way to standing up. He is a very strong man, and determination goes a long way in a person. He had his feet nearly to the floor by the time I saw him at 4 a.m. ( I had been lying on the bed facing him and had left some space next to his bed so that the nurses could come in and change him if they needed to.) Needless to say, there was no sleep for me or him on Monday night. I had been talking to the Social worker about getting him into a nursing home for rehabilitation. A bed came open for him at the Jefferson County Nursing Home, about 10 miles away from our home, so we were able to get him placed there.
Yesterday afternoon, I went with Allie to meet with Debbie, admissions officer for JCNH and we spent nearly four hours filling out paperwork for his admission to JCNH. By the time we were through, Gramps had been moved there and he is in room 6a. One of the first things he said to me was "get me out of here", but of course, that can't be right now. I do promise that when he is recovered enough to where he can walk again and is stronger, he will be back home with me, as long as is possible. The people at JCNH are wonderful and I look forward to a good experience with them.
When he was getting ready to go into surgery, Allie was with him and he opened his eyes and looked up at her, and said the same thing "Get me out of here". Bless his heart. I know exactly how he felt. I have felt the same way every time I had to have one of the many surgeries I have experienced in my lifetime.
We left the nursing home after having settled him in, and went to Shoney's to have a supper meal, and Allie and I hugged each other and went our separate ways for the evening. I watched a couple of hours of tevee and then went to bed and slept until 5 a.m. and couldn't sleep any more. So here I am. I have washed one load of laundry and have another to go. Breakfast is yet to be eaten and I have read and deleted e-mail, checked my facebook and looked at pictures of the wedding posted on Carol's page. I will be posting pictures later when I have time to download from my camera and all that jazz. Right now, I am just trying to clear the fog from my brain and rest my back somewhat.
Thank all of you, my blogging friends for the prayers and well-wishes you have sent to and for us. I will be visiting blogs when I can. Business matters have been left to be taken care of as well, which I am in the process of caring for. It looks like it is going to be raining here over the next few days (including today) but rain I can deal with. Welcome to my new followers as well! I am so blessed to have so many friends...and appreciate all of those whose thoughts are with us.
This is Blabbin' Grammy signing off for now. More later. Much love to each of you, my friends. Bye for now.