4.16.2008

thank goodness

The last several weeks have been hard. My beloved Grandmother (who Wiksten is named after) became ill and was taken to the hospital. I was emotional and worried out of my mind. Grammy is one of my best friends, and when she's gone I will shatter into a million pieces. I know it will happen. She's 92 years old, for goodness' sake. It was just such a shock to me to get that phone call in the night. I've had that phone call before, and I'm always hysterical. Despite my best intentions, I can never just pull myself together and handle it calmly.
This time I was so lucky. I went down to Topeka to be with her, and her illness turned out to be the stomach flu. She recovered and was released from the hospital after a couple of days. It was difficult for me to see her suffering, but at the same time it was so nice just to spend time with her when I knew she needed it. We talked for hours and hours. I'm not sure if there's anyone I have more in common with. We have the exact same interests: family, books, humor, and sewing. I left her a little gift to cheer her and remind her of my love, and it makes me happy just to think of it there with her.

23 comments:

erica-knits said...

I'm glad to hear that your Grammy has recovered from the flu, and that you were able to spend time with her. I bet she loved her time with you, I bet that's why she recovered so fast! And Jenny, there's nothing wrong with being hysterical.

Courtney said...

SO glad to hear she's okay! I think it's really sweet that you guys are so close. Sounds like you're both pretty lucky.

i'm sara said...

I love the new blog and am glad to hear everything's ok with your grandma. :)

erica said...

i'm really glad that she's recovering! she sounds like such a trooper. it's so wonderful that you are close to each other....

alice said...

I am glad that your grandma is ok. It is so wonderful you have such a good relationship!

Helen said...

Hi Jenny, I felt the same way about my grandmother so I visited her as much as possible, even though she lived a long way away. I understand your feelings exactly. Glad it turned out to be the flu.

jana said...

It´s wonderful, that you are so close with your grandmother. I wish I had this experience, but with me (and my two grandmas) it´s just the oposite. I´m quite sad about that. But I do have a great relationship with my mother and I am very grateful for that.
I hope your grandma will be ok for a long time. She looks incredibly young for such age!

Julia said...

jenny- i think it's so sweet that you and your grandma are so close. i was very close with mine as well and am sad that she's no longer around. i always think about all the things that have happened in my life since she passed away just about three years ago and how sad i am that she never got to see this. anyways, i'm so so happy for you that your grandma is okay.

Wendy said...

That's so wonderful that you guys are so close.. so glad that it was just the stomach flu.

Little Nutbrown Hare said...

Good wishes to both you and your Grammy! You're both lucky, to have each other.

Marianne said...

I'm glad she is well and you definitely found teh perfect home for the beutiful knitted girlybear

sally said...

So happy your Grammy is feeling better. I love when you write about your beautiful relationship with her...it is really touching.

Lil* said...

I hope she will completly recover from the flu soon. I totally understand what you've been through... family is so important and so as sharing good time with them.
.*courage* .. .

Collins said...

I so glad your grammy is doing better. I was also so close to both my grandmothers. It's wonderful that you spend so much time with her, and as much as it means to you, I'll bet it even means more to her! She's a blessed grammy.

elly said...

i'm so glad she's doing better, too. she sounds so awesome. i love both these pictures, btw.

lulu said...

jenny,

you could have been posting for me. my 92 year old grandmother is my most favorite person in the world. we just see things the same way. i think that she is honestly the only person that truly understands me. Yesterday, i just got that same call. fortunately, she is ok. kept in the hospital overnight for observation, but nothing serious. but, i live far away and can't help but think that you are so lucky to have been able to get to her side and just spend time together. i'm so relieved to hear that your grammy will be okay, too!

UNIFORM Studio said...

you are so lucky to have such a great relationship with your grandmother.
I'm glad she is feeling better.
xo

Navy & Gray said...

Don't you love Blogger?! Glad to hear everything out okay with your grandmother. It is so great to have a best friend like that!

I will be checking in almost everyday to see how the blogging is coming (not in a creepy way, in a "you are way cool" way.) Keep up the good work!

P.S. You were one of the first blogs I added to my blogroll!

jenny gordy said...

thank you for all the kind words, ladies! all the time i think about how lucky i am to know little ruthie wiksten (we call her little ruthie sometimes).

andrea said...

oh, jenny, i'm glad she is ok. i understand that fear of losing her though. i just lost my grandma not to long ago. and, it's never easy.

emily said...

so glad your grandma is ok. i still have both of my grandmothers, and i worry about that call regularly.

(your description of your relationship? absolutely beautiful.)

cindy k said...

you're so lucky to have such a lovely relationship with your grammy and to appreciate having such a relationship. glad you're both doing better.

Jennifer said...

I know exactly how you feel. I'm lucky enough to still have all four grandparents, and it makes me so panicky and scared to think of anything happening to them. Every time one of them ends up in the hospital it just terrifies me. They are all just fantastic people and I can't imagine not having them around.

So glad that things went well with your Grammy. Best of luck to you both!