Let's be honest whether you are 87 minutes, 87 days, or 87 years old hospital stays are never fun. They can be stressful, filled with anxiety, and just plain difficult . Let's just say it wouldn't be a holiday if someone I loved wasn't in the hospital. Pops had knee replacement surgery on Tuesday. The surgery went great, but unfortunately he now has pneumonia. I spent the evening at the hospital with him and great gran.
When I walked into his hospital room let's just say grandpa was throwing a little fit. I was able to hear grandma speaking to grandpa like she has me and also my kids several times. Grandpa was telling her he wasn't going to eat and complaining about almost everything in the room.
I smiled in doorway to the room and knew I was there for a reason. I went in and pulled out a bag of kettle corn. Grandpa replied, "I'm not eating that!" I then pulled out some chapstick. He thanked me because of course his lips are chapped. Then I pulled out a bag of peanuts, some mints, a candy bar, and the 2017 Farmers Almanac.
I let Grandpa and Grandma finish their dispute and then I pulled up a chair. I opened the bag of kettle corn, then one handful at a time I placed it in front of grandpa. Guess what? He ate it.
Hospital stays are never fun, but when those we love our in the hospital it is our duty to be there; so they know they are loved. The best place is home; so with a little bit of time, a little bit of rest, and a whole bunch of love he will be home next week!
In life we can always focus on the negative, but focusing on the positive brings hope! On my way out of his room tonight, I reminded Grandpa that his knee now has 25,000 mile guarantee! We plan to jumpstart that in March when we go mushroom hunting.
I can't imagine my life without my grandparents! They bring out the best in me and sometimes I feel like I bring out the best in them.
Merry Christmas to all those that are either in or have a loved one in the hospital. Remember to take the time to go by for a visit, send a card, or just take a bag of kettle corn.
It's the time of year we need to share the Christmas spirit! I'm so thankful we get to spend eternity in a perfect place called heaven!