By now, some of you have heard what our family is going through. This past January, I wrote about how my sweet grandmother had suffered a stroke and how she was beginning her recovery. Since then, she has worked tirelessly to move from not being able to speak or walk to regaining the ability to tell jokes and move easily with a cane. Seven months of hard work was finally paying off when she suffered a second stroke last Saturday.
As of right now, she is unresponsive. The doctors can offer little hope other than to say that she is stable, for the moment. And though we are all grateful that she is still with us, she left specific instructions about what she wanted in terms of her quality of life... and this isn't it.
So things may be a bit quieter around here than normal, between our hearts hurting when we think about the days and decisions to come and how that may challenge our beliefs on the sanctity of life. In the midst of all of this, we are still preparing to celebrate our littlest one's first birthday, knowing all the while that it may be cancelled at a moment's notice if a crisis should strike.
Despite it all, as I wrote on the Facebook page, these are the days when I am especially grateful for family and faith. If you are a religious person, your prayers are greatly coveted- both for my grandmother's health as well as the wisdom to act on her behalf in a way that she would find honorable. Once again, in the midst of these trying days, we're hanging on to this roller coaster ride... and intentionally appreciating the good moments in the midst of the bad.