My aunt called tonight to say that Grandpa Conrad is still in the hospital and hoping to come home tomorrow (good news) but now Grandma Dee is also in the hospital, as a patient. She was there visiting Grandpa today when she decided to run down to the gift shop to get Grandpa a magnifying glass so he could read the newspaper but never came back up to his room... She was feeling dizzy and weak so she went to the ER and now she has been admitted as well. I don't know many details as none of our family is there with them but from the bits and pieces I have heard, it sounds like it's nothing too serious but apparently serious enough that they both are in the damn hospital! My first instinct is to get my ass out there and help out any way I can and say fuck it to the plans I have to go out for their Anniversary party in March but wouldn't you know it, I came down with a rip-snorter of a cold today so that will hold me back at least a few days.
My mom and Aunt are hesitant for me to go out there, not sure why considering neither one of them can make it out any time soon. My feeling is that some family is better than no family. They both have been fighting like cats and dogs over that damn anniversary party too which I'm sure is no good for my grandparents' fragile hearts. Why can't we just cut the crap and work together as a family? Screaming into phone receivers and hanging up when you don't like what you hear is NOT helping. I know this is hard. It sucks too, but this is life and if we have learned anything from those two wonderful grandparents of mine is that you treat people with love and respect. Whether we like it or not, we all get old and we all get sick and eventually we all will die. It's how we deal with these situations that shapes a family and one so tiny as ours needs to work together and stay close, if not for each other, for my grandparents. They need us whether they'll come out and ask for the help or not.
It is not my intention to make make even bigger waves by writing this all down for everyone to see but I needed to get it out and this little blog of mine is my version of one of those squishy stress relief balls. Thanks for listening.