My family of 5

Friday, November 10, 2006

Yesterday was my grandfathers birthday. He would have been 88. He died last March, of pneumonia. When he was younger he went away to war but returned shortly after, due to having pneumonia. It's ironic that the one thing that "may" have saved him when he was younger, was what took him in the end. He was an incredibly caring man that would do anything for anyone.

He developed dementia about 8 years ago. It was gradual, starting out with the repetition of stories from the past, about how he was a boxer and other funny things. He seemed to stay this way for many years, but suddenly 2 years ago went "downhill" quite fast. It was then the full-blown Alzheimer's. My parents and grandmother kept him home for as long as they could before putting him into respite care. At first he wouldn't fight you when it was time for dressing, washing etc. At the end the poor guy had no idea who anyone was and had lost all faculties.

I remember the day he died. He was diagnosed with pneumonia the day prior to and we were basically told how it was futile to do agressive treatment for him at this stage. That they'd start IV antibiotics and switch him to oral ones and that was as aggressive as they should go. We agreed. Why prolong the inevitable? Anyway, I went to visit him the morning he died. He actually remembered my name and who I was and was quite bright. We had a great conversation. That was the last time I saw him alive. I'm glad that I was there to see him that way and that is how I will remember him.


On to other things, my son is slowly feeling better. He made a "list" of things to buy him at the store, including ice and root beer and peaches. As long as he'll drink and try to eat I'm happy. No one else in the house has been hit with this yet.

I'll let you's know how my meeting goes with his teacher when I go to it. It's not until the 24th of this month.

The baby FINALLY cut her first tooth. It was on Tuesday and it's her lower left one. The tooth next to that is coming soon. You can just see the glare of it in this picture. :)

She's also on this kick of having me hold her hands while she "walks" around the living room. I dug out my son's old baby book and she's doing exactly what he did at the same age. He was walking at 9 mos! Hope everyone has a great long weekend.


At 10:23 PM , Blogger Chas said...

Wow, she looks so different in this picture. I was waiting for you to say it was a baby pic of one of your other kiddos and was so surprised to see that this is the little one. It's amazing how fast they change.

At 10:41 PM , Blogger Ashley & Charles said...

Walking at 9 months? Wow. That's crazy! and I loved the anorexic/dyslexic story.

At 10:46 PM , Anonymous Sara said...

I keep waiting for Ainsley's tooth to come. I have been waiting for months now, I swear. She chews EVERYTHING!!

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At 10:07 AM , Blogger Tonya said...

YAY @ the tooth!! WTG..

Sorry to hear about your grandfather.. I have lost both of my grandparents on my moms side and it is so hard. My grandfather died of lung cancer and we were young and not allowed to see him because he was in alot of pain and my mom didn't want us to remember him that way.

At 9:10 PM , Blogger alissa said...

My grandmother was just diagnosed with dementia (she's 78) and was the most together woman I've ever met up until recently. So sad, and so ironic, to spend your entire life building memories only to forget everything in the end.

At 10:53 PM , Blogger Kristin said...

Don't you just love baby teeth? And walking at 9 months, good Lord! Logan's 9 months & I can't even imagine :)

At 3:09 PM , Anonymous Hannah said...

Olivia doesn't have any teeth yet, but I check every day! :-)

At 7:02 PM , Blogger Lizzy said...

walking at 9 months. oy.

baby girl is precious, though. and looks expecially grown up with that Shiny New Tooth!

I suspect Henry's working on his 3rd tooth right now, I think it's the top one.

At 2:10 AM , Blogger Emma in Canada said...

What?? You had a long weekend? Were the kids off too? Mine were in school, though my mum had the day off.

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At 5:38 PM , Blogger Silly Hily said...

Walking at 9 months? Holy moly.
I wish Silly Boy would just go ahead and cut a tooth b/c seriously, he soaks like 10 bibs a day.


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