October 12th, 2008

Gramma

My 85-year-old grandmother -- the only one of my four grandparents who's still alive -- is suffering from the early stages of dementia. girasole, the Infomancer, and I came out to visit her this weekend, and the two days we were with her were mostly spent having the same conversation over and over. She's been like this for a while now, and it's unlikely to get any better.

She's living in an apartment building for older folks, and her aunt lives there also. It's the least sucky option. She's not really happy there, but she'd really only be happy if her mother was still alive (after my grandfather died in 1976, Gramma moved in with my great-grandmother, until Nana died in 2003).

I'm pretty emotionally drained right now. I'm back at the B&B, hiding in my room with the ceiling fan, and really wishing I had terri_osborne or Aoki or my teddy bear to hug right now.

Sigh.

We drive back bright and early tomorrow. I'll catch up on the fifth grader questions when I'm home....
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