Do not be alarmed. And by that, I mean be prepared to be alarmed. The photo I am about to show you are not photo shopped. I mean come ON, people. If I knew how to do that shit, my blog would kick butt!
Please note the length of H’s legs as opposed to the height of her body.
From the tops of her knobby little shoulders to her stride. She measures about 18″. She and I can wear the same stretch pants. (I just prefer mine a little larger around the ankles.) I am 5’5″, and fairly short-waisted, (Though I got nothing on her!).
Her spine is collapsing in on itself at an alarming rate. And the really odd thing is that she has positively no tolerance for any kind of pain at all and she doesn’t seem to be feeling it. It seems to me like it would be grossly uncomfortable. Aside from having more indigestion than ever before, she’s oblivious.
I remember asking the nurse ages ago when she was on hospice what would happen to her eventually when her spine kept disintegrating? What would happen to her insides if she didn’t die first? She said she would need to be fed through a tube.
Every time I get her dressed I look at her twisted up little body and wonder how much longer we have.
Oh, the hideous thing behind her is either the dog bed on the floor on the right or her rolling cart of tricks with all the grandkids and great-grandkids pictures all over the end of it, trash bag hanging off the side, Gerber sippy cup sans the lid with lotion she can’t live without, lamp, remote control, folded up dinner napkin in the back, aaaaall on the top.
Oh, and two flameless votive candles, one with Mary and one with Jesus on the sides. She “lights” these when she prays.
Anyway, I just thought you’d want to know she could implode any minute now.
I’ll keep you all posted.
Comment by Predo on March 16, 2010 at 7:26 pm
Okay, so the very first thing I have to ask is…..well, I really shouldn’t……oh, I must……but it is just so wrong…..erp…..ack…..cack…blrp……ALRIGHT ALREADY…..Where did you get the slippers? I so totally want a pair, or six in a variety of colors to go with my spandex and velvet outfits I have been creating in my spare time. TELL ME, TELL ME, TELL ME…….I must have them………..
So, now that I have gotten that off my chest, I didn’t notice the “hideous” thing behind her or anything other then the fact that this Chick is well put together!! She has the outfit for any occasion, slippers for any Ball, and a wonderful hair do!! So she is shrinking, well Hell, didn’t Lily Tomlin already do that? It has been done to pieces, lets focus on the “tude” and my has she got it. I bet Carmen Electra isn’t lucky enough to look that good at her age!
On a serious note, when I made the trip back to see my Grandma a year ago Thanksgiving, I asked the Hospice lady about the same “twisted up little body”. She held my hand, looked me in the eye and said “You should be very proud, it is the sign of a true fighter. Mother Nature never losses, but every once in a while someone comes along and throws a darn good left hook!”
So, My Dear, I know that left hook came with a great deal of assistance from you, so sit back and be very proud of both of your accomplishments! And of course, on a side note, with some sequins and a Bedazzler, I could make you both the Belles of the Ball!!! Of course I will need some co-hersing, and maybe a cocktail or two………
.-= Predo´s last blog ..Kyle says…. =-.
Comment by DeNae on March 16, 2010 at 11:12 pm
Good heavens! She is getting tiny! My grandmother is doing the same thing, bless her.
Comment by grandma j on March 17, 2010 at 12:16 am
OK, I am NOT laughing, no I’m not. I have a tickle in my throat, yeah, that’s it, but I’d laugh if it weren’t rude. But…that’s only because you are so damn funny! I love Henrietta’s cart with all the photos on it. do you think she might want one of JJ?
I love the whole votive candle thing and that blanket on her bed…the best! I make those for the cancer kids at Scott and White so I know a quality blanket when I see one.
God love you , Krissa, John is so lucky to have someone like you to take care of his mother. Seriously.
.-= grandma j´s last blog .. =-.
Comment by Marylin on March 17, 2010 at 7:23 am
Wow, she really is getting small! Must be hard to see. *hugs* xx
.-= Marylin´s last blog ..As requested… =-.
Comment by Nan on March 17, 2010 at 8:03 am
Aww, the dreaded shrinks! Fortunately, Margo still seems to have a really strong back… strong enough to carry two bags of shopping with surprising briskness! I am praying she’s never bed-ridden.
.-= Nan´s last blog ..It’s Mother’s Day, Somewhere In The World… =-.
Comment by Doc on March 17, 2010 at 8:59 am
My grandfather is doign the same thing… He used to be an inch taller than I am and he is at least 2-3 inches shorter now… Old age will do a number on you.
.-= Doc´s last blog ..The Worst St. Patrick’s Day Ever… =-.
Comment by JennyMac on March 17, 2010 at 9:21 am
Wow..even in her giant slippers she is a tiny thing. 🙂 She looks sweet as can be Krissa.
.-= JennyMac´s last blog ..There is a reason it is not called "Private Diary" =-.
Comment by Aunt Becky on March 17, 2010 at 10:27 am
She looks freaking adorable, Krissa. Like fracking darling.
.-= Aunt Becky´s last blog ..Fear and Loathing in Urgent Care =-.
Comment by Red Hamster on March 17, 2010 at 3:47 pm
Yikes! I think I see my future self! I’m 5’1″ and short-waisted myself. Mother Nature can sure give and take.
That’s why I admire you Texans. The both of you have some true tough grit. I’d like to see a picture of H when she was a young woman; I’ll bet she was a little firecracker.
.-= Red Hamster´s last blog ..How I celebrated this St. Patrick’s Day =-.
Comment by Kittie LeQue on March 18, 2010 at 10:27 pm
I had no idea such a thing could happen to a person and they would still be alive and aware, and NOT in some kind of pain….I don’t know what to say…Except maybe God Bless Her! And you for caring for her needs! You’re both very special people!
Comment by Chief on March 19, 2010 at 11:01 pm
I think I might want to adopt her.. Im not kidding.. her and the kids go could on and on and on talkign and neither would mind a bit
and she looks adorable.. and very, very old..
you are an amazing person
.-= Chief´s last blog ..Scaring the peediddle out of the adolescent Supah Survivor Challenge! =-.
Comment by Hyphen Mama on March 20, 2010 at 7:31 pm
Well, look at that sweet little thing! LOVE her slippers.
.-= Hyphen Mama´s last blog ..If you want to become a square, just have a daughter… =-.
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