Things were going so well-then Grandma fell

I have several ideas for posts for this site, but my grandmother took two falls, about a week apart; the second one resulted in a broken hip. Dealing with the fall out (Pun intended, I need humor wherever I can find it right now!) has really knocked the words right out of me. We won’t be going anywhere real soon, although we do hope she will recover back to or at least close to pre-fall levels of mobility given time and therapy.

The night before she broke her hip I was preparing a post about going Thanksgiving grocery shopping. An employee at Fred Meyer took this picture of us shopping.

We had so much fun that day. She pushed the little cart and I pushed her. The cart was heavy: we got everything, including a 20 lb turkey and 10 lb of potatoes and she pushed it all. It was like being hit with a bucket of ice water when we got the call the next morning that she had fallen.

My other excuse for not posting this fall is that I took a trip to China to see my son and the preparation for the trip and getting back in the swing of things after I returned home took a lot of energy. You can see some about the trip and other things on my personal blog: XingfuMama.wordpress.com.

It seems like being knocked for a loop and figuring out how to pull things back together is a part of living with the elderly and handicapped.

Time for sharing (use the comment box to respond)

  • How do you take care of yourself at times when it seems like everyone and everything are expecting you to give 100% to fixing their problems?
  • How do you deal with the red tape…and the people who seem to be creating obstacles in the name of “helping”?

Author: Kate

Formerly a stress engineer, I now do this and that. Which involves some website design and maintenance, some photography, some writing, eldercare for relatives, walking my furry friends, a bit of gardening and as little housekeeping as I can manage.