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Saturday, November 15, 2008

This Has Been a Test of the Emergency Broadcast System...

Around noon on Friday I got a call from Mom saying that Grandma was really confused and could only see part of the normal field of vision. They'd called 911 and an ambulance was on the way. This sounded like a stroke.

So, I dropped everything, sent a few emails and ran to Sacramento. In less than 3 hours, the whole family was assembled. We spent the evening in the ER at Mercy General entertaining Grandma while she waited to be admitted. By seven o'clock, she was officially starving, so Wendy and I ran out to smuggle in a contraband hamburger. We had a little ER picnic, I showed them what I was learning in Charleston class, and somehow I ended up telling the story of Shane to my mom, grandma, and cousins. But, as the food was consumed and stories progressed, Grandma's blood pressure went from 196/130 down to a much more normal 116/71. By 9pm, we were trying to talk them into letting her go home instead of keeping her overnight, but it turns out they had a few more tests to do in the morning.

Today was spent largely waiting for test results, hoping for a Get Out of Jail Free card. At 6pm, we got leave to go with instructions to follow up with her regular doctor in 3-5 days. They're not really fully certain what happened, but words like "mini-stroke" were bandied about. All I know is that next time Grandma wants to see me, she just has to ask. I will make time and she doesn't even have to call 911.


  • So glad things are alright with your grandmother.

    By Blogger Chrisfs, at 11:36 PM  

  • Scary. I'm glad it looks like it may have been something smaller than first feared.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 10:45 AM  

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