Sunday, September 16, 2007

More and more

First, my dad is doing about the same. He is still critical, still on a ventilator. The nurses are encouraged and are encouraging us, but no one is sure of what is going to happen.

To add to the already high stress level, my Memaw had a wreck this morning on the way to church. She's Lutheran, and being Lutheran in the rural South isn't convenient. She drives an hour each way to attend services on Sunday morning. She's also 83, with bad hearing and bad eyesight. We've been telling her for the last few years that she doesn't need to drive any more, but she's stubborn, and she drives anyway. To her credit, she is as safe as possible when she drives -- she never drives at night and she only drives around her very small town, with the exception of church on Sunday morning.

So this morning, she totaled her car, and she was the at-fault driver. Thankfully, the driver of the other car wasn't hurt at all. The ambulance took her to the ER, and she had no broken bones. As far as we know, she's okay, but my aunt is staying with her tonight to make sure that she doesn't have any internal injuries that they didn't detect.

In an interesting bit of irony, my mom, aunt, and uncles had already decided that they were going to take Memaw's car away at the end of October. Maybe this is a blessing and she'll realize that it's for the best because I know she would have argued against it before this.

Thanks so much for all of your thoughts and prayers.

1 comment:

Alkelda the Gleeful said...

I'm sorry this happened, but I'm glad she didn't hurt anyone, and that it looks as if she's going to be okay, too. I have never known an elderly person to give up driving willingly, and am going to remember to learn from my elders. (Of course, having a chauffer would be convenient, eh.)