Thinking & Feeling

“The world is a tragedy to those who feel, but a comedy to those who think.” Horace Walpole

Monday, 11 July 2011

Update on Granny Betty

Granny Betty is now Granny Better! Yay.

After the last post about here the following happened:
Sunday 12 June Update:
While Granny Better remains old and frail (she is very very thin and has no appetite at all) and does tire easily, she is still sharp as a pin, and has an incredible memory and naught sparkling wit.

When we all arrived today (about 8 of us!) she was sleeping. When she woke up she asked if we'd been called to her bedside cos they thought it was the end for her. We assured her that was not the case and we were there simple to visit with her lovely self.

Later on when we told her my older sister was flying back this evening she said, 'Sorry I dragged you all down here and now I didn't die after all!'. It was shockingly funny. She is such a character! I told her that I think I speak for everyone when I say we just wanted to wish her well and BE with her and we were all glad to have that chance to do that now, and were indeed glad to not be leaving it too late.

The hospital has started getting her up and out of bed a little today and it seems she was up in a chair to be fed lunch today. Being up was exhausting for her though and I think she is surprised at how little strength and energy she has. Most likely from her lungs, from being laid up in bed for 10 days and also not eating much at all.

She seems to be doing reasonably well now, and seems stable and I think she will probably go to the place she lives at's Frail Care in the coming week some time. She seems accepting that she will need assisted living now and is not fighting it.

The boys and I took her fluffy pink grown and some nice non-slip slipper socks yesterday which she seems to like. My sister got her some Ensure, nutrient rich shake which will help her to get the nutrients she needs without having to struggle to eat solid food.

All in all she is in a much better way than a week ago, which is lovely to see.

She got progressively better until after just over 2 weeks in hospital she was discharged on Friday 17 June, and was sent back to the frail care section of her home.

After being settled in and stabilised there is was decided that she would have to move in there permanently and her flatlet across the road was packed up and she was moved downstairs to a 'permanent' room in the assisted living section. Where she gets help with eating, ablutions etc. It seemed she was going to be confined to be, being still so weak and frail and having no energy or appetite. On the plus side her lungs had cleared and she no longer needed oxygen.

Due to work and general life business I had no been able to visit for about 10 days... but after our surf lesson on Saturday we popped in to see our dear Granny Betty. And were we ever surprised to see her up and dressed and walking in the corridor! She had been out for tea and a drive with her neice and had even been to Clicks to do some shopping!

She is so much better and is doing great. She is settled into her new room and it has all her stuff in and is nice and cosy. She says the hospital stay is a bit of a blur now and she feel like she was only there for 2 days, even though she knows it was 2+ weeks from what she has been told. She says she feels much stronger and more energetic now that her lungs have cleared up.

We walked her to the dinning room for dinner before we left and she was going to be sharing a table with a gentleman. Ooh la la!

So all in all she is doing wonderfully now! :) YAY!

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