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My weekend. Full of emotion.

Monday, September 13, 2010

I went to my grandparents this weekend. And now that I am home, I am more thankful than ever that I went to visit them. Grandma is at home but cant do much (since knee surgery). She's healing wonderfully but still is in a lot of pain, can walk slowly with a walker but only for limited amounts of time. My grandpa has a tough time, hes not used to this "role reversal" and I can tell it stresses him out. I took him to the grocery store and a trip that would have taken me 10 minutes, took us over 45. He has congestive heart failure and that effects him, so he gets out of breath easily. They are also very stubborn and dont want others doing things for them. Luckily I was able to help and just did the laundry and vacuuming even with their protesting. Afterwards though, i could tell my grandma was so grateful. Also while i was there, we got a phone call and found out that my grandmas best friend of 50 years had a brain aneurysm this afternoon and the surgeon told her husband that shes not going to make it. I have never seen my grandma cry until today. This friend of hers was the healthiest person my grandma knows. Watches her diet, takes her vitamins and works out daily. So sad. Definitely makes you want to hug your family. Made me even MORE grateful for my grandparents today.
This morning, I went for a run!! I stuck to my word even at the grandparents house. I set out early this morning before they were awake, and ran the loop around their community. It turned out to be 4.65 miles. But..man ALIVE there were STEEP hills. I am in no way used to that. And it wasnt only one hill! I had to run at least 4 of those huge hills. My time was much slower than my usual pace but with all those hills, i am proud! I finished at 55 minutes. Not TOO bad. But it was a great run with wonderful scenery. I will definitely do that run again the next time I go visit them..which will be soon, considering how much they loved my being there this weekend.
I had time to go through my diet book while i was out there too. I havent started it yet, considering I was really limited to what they had in their house. I will definitely start tomorrow.
My drive back home tonight, i had so many thoughts spinning in my head. I'm worried about my grandma with her friend, i've never heard her so sad, i'm concerned about her and my grandpa (of course) and them being lonely, I'm realizing once again, just how lonely I am myself, On the other side of it, i'm grateful that i have grandparents to spend time with and am full of so much love for them and my family (even my very difficult mother). I'm concerned about my motivation regarding this new diet i have to adopt (literally have to, for my health - insulin issues) and proud of myself for my run today but hoping I can actually get to a marathon! I told you it was a spinning of thoughts! Anyway, I am grateful for all of you, my dear spark friends, and hope you had a wonderful weekend. Have a great monday. LOVE YOU GUYS!
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    You're a good girl - being there for your grandparents. I am sure they appreciate it more than you know.

    Thoughts and prayers to grandma after losing such a close friend to such yuckiness.

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    3667 days ago
    I think our families are carbon copies of each other. My grandma just had her knee replaced and my grandpa has recently had a heart attack and has angina along with diabetes, etc. He is not used to taking control and doing so much so he has a hard time. He can't walk for long or very far because his chest hurts. I go by and clean their house, etc for them. I hope things get better soon! I plan on joining 24 Hour Fitness when I get back, the dues are not as bad as I was expecting. I want to try some of their classes and maybe start the C25K there on the treadmills since the concrete is hurting my shins.
    3669 days ago
    You are a great granddaughter and I am sure they appreciate you helping very much.
    3669 days ago
    They are so lucky to have you.
    3669 days ago
    I'm sorry I wasn't here for you. Hang in there.
    3669 days ago
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    I am so happy that you have the chance to share time with your grandparents. They hold such special places in our hearts, and seeing them hurt can be devestating. My thoughts to your grandma as she deals with the health issues of her dear friend. You are a phemonimal granddaughter, and easily made their week by visiting with them and caring so much.
    3670 days ago
    You are a great granddaughter and I think it is so awesome you are spending time with them like that - it really is the greatest gift you can give them and I am sure it makes them happy. Wishing you the best of luck with the new diet and I can't wait to hear about all your success! emoticon
    3670 days ago
    I have not hads parents are grandparents in a very, very long time, both my husband and I. has lost everyone, It is so nice that your are able to spend this time with them and your mom when you can. I would do anything to have any one of my parents or grandparents around again,

    Great run 4.65 miles in 55 minutes. that is great. keep it up. pratice for a 1/2 marathon first would be in input :)
    3670 days ago
    well done you for helping out your grandparents- Im sure to you it didnt feel like you were that much of a help but to them Im sure they whole heartedly appreciated everything you did, even just being there for extra company!

    And congrats on making it out for your run that you could so easily have blown off! You really are taking your training serioiusly!
    Keep up the good work!
    3670 days ago
    how lucky they are to have you... you are a wonderful granddaughter. Hope your grandma is ok and grandpa will be ok, too. Good for your for staying on track.
    3670 days ago
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