The Little Lady

**UPDATE: They did put a feeding tube in last night and she took to the first feeding.  She is hurting from the anti-seizure meds they are giving her and saying “ow, ow” as it goes into her IV because of the stinging.  Pray pray pray.**

Yesterday Tyler, Nancy and me traveled a few hours to Hot Springs and back to visit my Gram in ICU.

Ya’ll, honestly, it was one of the saddest, most hearbreaking things I’ve ever seen.
Gram is in rough shape.  To more clearly explain what happened, she fell coming down the stairs outside her house and hit her head on a rock and the concrete.  She literally busted her head open in a few spots and now is bleeding on her brain and has swelling.  Because of all of this, there are so many things wrong with her.
They can’t find any broken bones (praise the Lord) but there is lots of bruising on her little body.  Her hand is completely purple, she has a black eye, and her neck is bruised badly.  She looks like she got into a bad fight.
The swelling on her brain is causing her to not be able to understand and respond well.  The first time we went in to see her yesterday, mom said, “Do you know who this is?”  And she shook her head no and looked very confused.  It broke my heart.  She also sometimes responds to commands like “Raise your right hand”  but it seems like she is going backwards in her response.  Words come out all jumbled and make no sense.  While we were visiting her, it sounded like she said “Who uncle snow Oklahoma?”  and I hated that whatever she was trying to say to us we couldn’t understand.
She also isn’t understanding well.  My parents were in there visiting her and they said “Do you want us to leave so you can rest?” And she said “Yes”  Then my mom said “Are you in pain?” and she said “Yes.”  Then mom said “Do you want us to stay with you” and she said “Yes”  It was like she knew we were asking a question, but all she could answer was “Yes”
It has been over 48 hours since the accident.  They really aren’t doing too much for her at this time, just waiting and watching.  The only medicine she is on is anti-seizure meds and pain pills. 
Tyler’s dad had some bad neurological trauma years ago, and they are assuring us that Gram is doing great…that it will take several days to see any improvement.  But man, is this “no change” waiting game horrible.
I know God has a plan.  God was with her when she fell.  God was with the neighbor that found her, the neighbor that came and got my mom to come help.  God was with them in the ambulance, with Gram in the CT scan, He is with her every step of the way.  I know He has a plan.  I am trusting in His plan and praising Him in this storm.
But even in that calm confience, it hurts.  It hurts to see Gram like that.  It hurts for my sweet little Hero lady to not know who I am.  It hurts to see her bruises and stiches.  It hurts to wonder if she will ever come back to us the way she was.  It hurts to know that the holiday season is right around the corner.  We lost my Grandpa years ago just between Thanksgiving and Christmas.  He went into the hospital the weeks before Thanksgiving and died on December 23.  It is a terrifying thought to me to have the possibility of such a happy family time being marred once again by medical tradegy. 
My Gram is a wonderful lady.  She is so tiny, standing at less than 5 feet tall.  She is so petite and small.  But her spirit is 10 feet tall.  She is full of laughter, full of life, full of wisdom, and full of encouragement.  She loves people.  One of her sweet friends posted this on Facebook:
Please pray for the little lady that covers a big part of my heart.
That is my plea, please pray for my Gram, my grandma Gloria.  She has so far to come.  I know the Lord has a plan, but I beg you to plead with Him to bring her through this quickly.
Today, they will do one last swallow test on her.  She was having trouble with this.  Either she isn’t understanding their commands, is unable to respond, or is just not cooperating.  I am praying that she can pass the last swallow test.  If not, they will have to give her a feeding tube today to get some real nutrients to her.  Please pray that she will pass this test and that she will begin to show improvement.
I will keep you all updated…and thank you for your prayers and concern.

Comments

  1. Brittney, i am so sorry! We will definitely be praying for Gram!!!

  2. So heartbreaking to hear. I am so sorry. I will be praying for you and your family, especially your Gram!

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