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28 September 2006 @ 05:50 pm
what can be mended  
MawMaw, my maternal grandmother, fell yesterday, and likely broke her leg.

There was some sort of fiasco where she waited in the emergency room for four hours, and once she passed through the triage gauntlet, her doctor decided it was a swell time to have a control issue. He said that since she had not followed his plan of care to the letter, she could not be his patient. I'm not sure what kind of ass tells an adorable old injured woman who happens to be in a lot of pain something like that, but apparently he has an established track record of asinine comments. For example, he told her that her medication for high blood pressure would "make her bleed," and she has now decided that it is the problem: she is not taking it.

We are stubborn women, a trait which usually serves us well, but it can sometimes backfire. This particular smooth move on the part of the problematic physician is all the more relevant, for not only does she need morphine for pain control, she is currently in the Cardiac Care unit for untreated high blood pressure and an irregular heartbeat. She is at "high risk" for a stroke. The condition of her leg is unclear at present, for she has metal pins in it and they cannot conduct an MRI.

Though we do not expect this situation to become life-threatening, relatives are gathering in the Hoosier Homeland. I am her only grandchild, so I am packing my backpack and heading out tonight on a seven and a half-hour train ride. Once I arrive in the Soy, my mother will pick me up for a seven and a half car ride to the hospital at the other end of the state.

Anne, signing off.
Current Mood: worriedworried
Current Music: "Lost Fragments," Chrono Cross
Earth: grey heartearthphoenix on September 28th, 2006 10:01 pm (UTC)
Have a save trip!

As it is, I'm going out with my mom on Sun to PA to check in on MY grandfather. Hope all is well
One Who Wanders: flailingabiona on September 28th, 2006 10:28 pm (UTC)
Isn't it odd that we're switching states to check on our relatives?

I hope all is well on your end.
Silvermask: exaustedsilvermask on September 28th, 2006 10:26 pm (UTC)
*hugs* Take care!
huntressa on September 28th, 2006 10:54 pm (UTC)
This seems to be the bad week for this kind of stuff. Tuesday, my grandmother fell into a coma, and the hospital told my father she was pretty much going to die. I dropped everything and drove the two hours (which seems like nothing compared to your trip), to see her, and during the drive she came out of it, and is recovering. However she's going into a nursing home my mom worked at for years, so I know the pitiful conditions there. The attitude that older people don't deserve good care because they are inevitably going to die drives me crazy :(