When I did my usual run up north for work on Monday I went to my grandmother's to stay over night as I always do (aka: Hotel Grandma). However, when I arrived I found her curled up on the couch and writhing in pain. She had been waiting for me to come and help her as she was in too much pain to do anything. She refused to have me take her to the local hospital emergency room, she wanted to go back down to the city (where I live) which is 2 hours away. The snag in all this was that I had a co-worker with me that I am training, and she was staying at a hotel 10 mins away; I couldn't just drop everything unless she was willing to go to a local hospital. On only 5 hours of sleep and 9 hours of driving and working I was tired and unable to just drive back down from whence I came.
I called my mom and told her that HER mom was in bad shape. After much discussion my father drove all the way up, picked her up, and drove her all the way down and to the hospital where she has been ever since. She has had a CAT scan and the doctor has determined it's colitis. The blood just doesn't circulate in the body as it once did at 87 yrs old and now part of her intestine is not getting blood flow. This is often corrected with surgery but with her age and many health conditions (bad heart, bad lungs, blood issues and allergies to *everything*) she is not a candidate for surgery. I have no idea what we're going to do.
Right now the doctor has her on i.v. and no food since Monday morning. She is starving and cranky, as I no doubt would be too. I am excusing myself from work today and tomorrow and will be spending the days at the hospital by her side. I will work the weekend when the family can be there to tag off with me and be with her in my place. I will looking for the doctor today to ask some hard questions.
If you are of the mind, please say a prayer for the most awesome grandma ever.