Originally posted by: fishintiger on 6/22/2006 8:47:55 AM
Well I learned first hand one of life's toughest lesson's. The last couple of days I watched my wife's grandmother die. It's something I have never done and something I don't think I could do again. She suffered a small stroke in her brain stem on Monday morning around 5. The Dr's said the stroke was like turning a light switch off. It turned her brain off. I spent a couple of hours at the hospital with her in ICU. Tuesday morning they pronounced her brain dead. She was still breathing on her own. So Tuesday I went to the hospital to see her. I spent most of the night at the hospital with my wife and her dad. At one point we thought it was time for her to go. So we called all the family and had them come up because the nurse was sure time was running out. At one point there were probably 20 in the room with her. We were talking about the past, the good times, the sad times. There was a lot of laughing. The nurse was surprised to see all the people. As the night moved into morning most everyone left. At around 2:30 my wife and I left because there was no change good or bad. We got home and got to bed around 3:30. A little after 5 we got a call from my wife's dad saying that Grandma passed away. It was exactly 48 hours after her stroke she died. I'm glad I went to see her and stayed with her as long as we did on Tuesday night. She was a women from a different league. She wanted everyone to be happy. There are two things I will always remember about her. The first was when ever I would come to see my wife while we were dating right after I would walk in the door her grandma would say "Go get him something to drink." No matter how many times I told her I didn't need anything she would keep saying it until my wife got me something to drink. The other was when ever anyone went to leave no matter how long you had been there she would always say "What's your hurry?" I can't tell you how many times I heard that from her after spending 4 or 5 hours over there. She will be missed.