Tuesday, April 21, 2009

...sad - My Grandma died Monday, 4/20/09

This is the email I sent to Bethie a few minutes ago - I know you won't understand some of the references but I wanted to share this and I don't have it in my to type it again. *sigh*

Hi Bethie: I'm sorry to blast-mail you but I have been trying to call you and haven't been able to reach you on your cell, at home or work. At first I was calling to just catch up, see how you and Mark are but yesterday, Monday 4/20, I was calling to talk. My Grandma, my dad's mom, Janet Patterson, died. I didn't even know she was "going downhill." I knew that a few weeks ago she had fallen down and wasn't able to get back up but she was checked out and "fine." I guess that since then she had decided to stop taking her medications - I know she took pills for high blood pressure and I'm sure other things - and she had a 24 hours nurse staying with her. She had a triple bypass on her heart a few days after my high school graduation - May 1994.

My dad said that Monday morning, around 1am she woke up and then nurse helped her to the bathroom. Then she walked to the sink and clutched her chest. The nurse worked on her and also the EMT's but I guess it was the end.... My Aunt Susie (remember the alpine slide?) and her husband Bubba drove right to the hospital and said that she looked very calm and peaceful. My Uncle Paul (Paul Bunyon) called my dad around 3:30am and woke him up to tell him. Dad didn't call me until around 3PM...but I was at work. He called me again around 6:30 and told me. He started out by saying "something has happened" and "I need you to sit down.." I was just saying "what happened? WHAT HAPPENED?!" I thought he was going to say that Tripper needed to be put down right away or she had already died. But no...it was Grandma....

Her body is being flown up from Florida to Canton, New York this week. Viewing hours will be Friday afternoon and evening and her funeral on Saturday. So I'll be in Canton for a few days. I guess my family is going to be staying at Grandma's house there and Dad said that we can bring both dogs but I think I'm going to leave Laurey here - either at the Doggie Daycare Kennel or with a friend, as much as I want her with me, I don't need a hyper dog pushing herself through everyone and covering our nice clothes with yellow hair. Tripper definately can't stay at a kennel so she'll come, that will be fine. Will be nice to have at least one of my babies with me.

So once again I'm sorry for the blast-mail.... I hope its okay that I have done it...I just really wanted to tell you...somehow sharing my sadness with people I love makes it a little harder to have.

I'm working today, should be home after 5ish, and tomorrow (Wed) I'll be shopping for dress-up clothes and shoes and then Thursday I'm working again in the morning. I'll try to call you again more and hopefully we can talk. I miss you. I love you! L, E

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