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gemma

January 12, 2013 1 comment
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Gemma – if you recognise your mug, I’d love to hear from you!

For about 17 years, my nan’s had this mug.

Me and my two cousins have always laughed about it.  We know nobody called Gemma.  We have never known anyone called Gemma.  We are pretty sure that my nan has never known anyone called Gemma.  We have never known where / why the mug came into the house.

When we asked my nan, she was always a bit coy, and tried to make out it was a way bigger mystery than it was.  Things like, “That’s for me to know”. “That’s the big family secret.” and once I remember, “You’ll find out when I die.”

My uncle once told me and my cousin that Gemma was in fact my nan’s favourite grandchild, oh no, oops, pretend we never heard that…

On Wednesday, I asked my nan whether she’d heard from Gemma since she’d been ill. “Yeah, she was here last week”, my nan said.

I just drank from Gemma’s mug and smiled 🙂  I might ask my mum if I can have it now.

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goodnight nanny

January 11, 2013 13 comments
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I took this photo of my nanny on her last birthday less than 8 months ago
Wasn’t looking bad for 95, was she?

Tonight, the sweetest old lady in the entire world passed away, thankfully peacefully after a fitful day.

I will stand by the statement no matter what.

At the start of this week, she said that she didn’t want to die. Yesterday, she said she was ready. Today she said that a doctor had come and visited her and said that she’d better hurry up as she was meant to have gone on Thursday (this was actually a hallucination or dream).

This afternoon, she not only said goodbye to everyone, she then started singing “Sweet Goodbye”.

And THAT is why she was the sweetest, kindest, loveliest, funniest, most switched-on old lady in the entire world.  And why I am so sad that she has gone, but so happy that it was when she wanted to.

To some, it may seem strange for me to post this – for me it is a way to say it, and release.

a bit of a buzz

January 8, 2013 2 comments

As per my previous posts, my wonderful 95 year-old nan was finally allowed out of hospital on 2nd Jan.  On Saturday, she was feeling a little perkier, so my mum decided to finally pretend it was mini-Christmas.

My nan has a little radio next to her bed that she listens to LBC on every day.  For some ‘old person’ reason it isn’t a mains radio, it’s battery-powered!  So, for a silly present, my mum and dad had bought a great big long vacuum pack of batteries.

As my mum handed it to her, she said, “This is a bit of a joke present mum, and be careful as it’s a little heavy.” My nan took one look at it and said, “Is it a vibrator?”

Once she’d opened it and my parents had picked themselves up off the floor, dried their eyes and re-stitched their poor spilt sides, my nan said, “I don’t know why on earth I said that – I don’t even know what one looks like!”

Oh I think she knows. I think she knows.

She’s still totally switched on. She’s still sharp as a tack.  Unfortunately her little old body isn’t wearing up quite as well. She’s been very ill since coming out of hospital, but has been crying at the very thought of going back again – which she needs to, but still wouldn’t actually cure her.  So we have to respect her wishes and not take her back.

Yesterday the doctor said that it could be a week, or it could be a miracle and be a month.  I’m off to see her tomorrow to drink her and all her loveliness and funniness up.  And I wont let her see me cry at all.

still in the building

December 13, 2012 1 comment

Old ladies just keep going!

So, further to my post last night about my nan, she is surprisingly and miraculously a little better today.

Even more miraculous, her youngest sister went into hospital almost 2 weeks ago, very critically ill.  She got a little better but on Monday suddenly took a severe turn for the worse and was only being kept alive by machines.

We didn’t tell her about my nan, or my nan about her.  On tuesday, the doctor said that he could try these very expensivce drugs to see if they would kick-start her system, but could only put her on them for a maximum of 2 weeks.

She went home yesterday quite happy!  The women in my family are troopers!

Anyway, my nan has been continuing being her wonderful amusing self.

As she’s been hallucinating a lot, when the doctor did his round today he asked her if she knew who he was.

She rolled her eyes and answered, “Yeah – Elvis” and then burst into fits of laughter.

Love my nan. 🙂

“oooo, young man!”

December 12, 2012 2 comments

“Oooo, young man”

I don’t want to say too much at the moment, as it will all make me cry, but my gorgeous 95 year-old nan is currently in hospital pretty critically ill.

The main characteristic of my nan is that even at her massive age, she totally has her wits about her.

When she went into hospital in the ambulance on Friday, the nurse said her, “So how do you feel?”, and my nan answered “With my hands!”

Anyway, the last 48 hours have been especially difficult for us as because of what’s wrong with her, the toxins in her system (not meds) have been making her hallucinate and feel confused.  it has made for some laughable moments (as you can imagine), but it is also very scary.

However, sometimes her moments of lucidity are just as amusing.  This evening, while she was slipping in and out of consciousness, she suddenly declared “Oh, if I was forty years younger!”

“What nan? What would you do if you were forty years younger?”

“That doctor”

“What doctor?”

“Peter.  He comes and looks at my feet. He’s a lovely young man. If I was forty years younger!”

And then she slipped off again with a little smile on her face.

Love my nan. There’s still life in the old dog yet.

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