As many of you already know, my grandmother suffered two falls earlier this year. Her first fall was back in February and resulted in a burst fracture in one of her vertebrae. She was able to have that fracture fixed surgically, but fell a second time at the beginning of May. The second fall left her bedridden and in a tremendous amount of pain. She began receiving hospice care after that fall, focusing primarily on pain management.
Yesterday afternoon, Grandma passed away. According to the nurse who was with her at the time, her passing was without pain.
While her loss was not unexpected, it is still hard. Grandma was an incredible woman, and one of the most caring people that I’ve had the privilege to meet. Of all of my grandparents, Grandma was the one I was closest to. Not only did we have a lot of fun together, but she taught me a tremendous amount, and we had wonderful conversations. She loved to read, and discussed current events (especially politics) with a passion.
She also loved her family tremendously, and told me how proud she was of all of us.
I will miss her greatly, but I am so glad that I got to spend the time with her that I did, and I’m thankful that she is no longer in pain.
I’m going to be taking the next few days off from posting to focus on my family and my own emotional needs. As a result, I will be delaying publication on several upcoming posts, including this weekend’s Reading Challenge update, both on The Unapologetic Bookworm and on Patreon.
Thank you all for your support during this time!