Monday, August 25, 2008

Busy weekend - and many thanks

First off, I have to say that I have the best husband in the world and I am thankful everyday that he chose to marry me! Reasons? Well here is how this weekend went...

Friday night I came home a lot later than planned from work and found my sister crying while talking on the phone to my dad. Immediately I knew something had happened and I assumed it was concerning my Granddad. Apparently he had had an awful day. He had been hallucinating and in and out of it. His Parkinson's is really taking a toll on him and for a long while now every time I see him I leave thinking that was our last visit. I know that is sad but that's just the way it is. His hospice nurse had said that if family wanted to see him, they had better come fast.

My dad was in Auburn and was going to drive to Columbus Saturday morning to "assess the situation". Saturday morning when I talked to him, Granddad was doing surprisingly well and with the weather he said not to come. We were still in bed at this point and I hate to say this but a lot of thoughts went through my head...

I love my Granddaddy very much, but the trip is not an easy one. We had decided that if we were to go the girls would stay with Matts parents. His mom was working that weekend though from 2-10pm which is not very good for Matts dad having to deal with two babies. The visits are normally brief because Granddad does not talk much and sleeps a lot. It is always good to see Grandmother but overall it is very stressful. I had not seen my girls in over a week it seemed. I had gotten sick last week and work had been busy and my day off was spent running errands, so I really wanted to spend time with them. Plus I already had been planning a trip to Columbus with the girls in 2 weeks. So honestly I did not want to go. I am not good with dealing with all the sad family stuff.

Matt however told me that he knew I would regret it if we did not go and something were to happen, just because we wanted a lazy weekend as a family. He is right, and I am on call next weekend and so a visit then is out of the picture. So we all got up and got things packed and organized (which is not easy) and Laura, Matt, and I headed down to Columbus for the night.

Granddad was better than expected and I have no clue what the future holds, but the visit was a good one. When we left their place Saturday evening, we were all able to enjoy a dinner out without the kiddo's, which was nice as well! I am just very thankful that I have a hubby that knows me so well and is willing to go that extra mile even when it is hard and inconvenient.

And I have to say a special thank-you to my wonderful in laws who are always willing to watch the girls at the drop of a hat. And of course to Katy who came and helped Dad get them down for the night (not easy to do on your own). Honestly, they probably had more fun there than if they had been with us all weekend! Leah wasnt even ready to give Grammy up and come to me... not really sure how I feel about this :)

We returned Sunday evening and were quite tired, but overall glad that we went. I still plan to return in a few weeks, girls in tow. That is always an adventure.