The Land of 10,000 Lakes
God works his perfect timing. I've seen it happen so many times in my life. It just so happened that my Grandma (who has suffered from some debilitating dizziness and fairly recent vision issues) was to have a consultation with a doctor after running a multitude of tests to finally determine the reason behind her symptoms. My mom was able to be there of which she was very grateful-living so far away and never normally getting to be a part of things like this.
They diagnosed Grandma with Posterior Cortical Atrophy, a rare form of Alzheimers that not only effects memory but also vision. Although it is an extremely difficult diagnosis to get, there are finally answers to the ongoing question of "why" she was feeling like she was. This Summer, my aunt Julie was involved (in great measure) in finding a different home for Grandma and Grandpa to move into. This was prior to the diagnosis, but has already proven to be a great move. Everything Grandma needs is on one level, not down in the basement or up multiple stairs. As difficult as it must be for them to adjust to not only a new town but a different home (after being in the same one since my mom was in grade school), I know they see the importance of change. I was glad we were able to be there during the transition.
|Wish we saw each other more often.|
In the short five days we were there we managed to see lots of family (which is no small feat when it comes to a family with 8 siblings).
|With 200 acres, you must have a mule to haul yourself around.|
|Success. Bull Frog found. |
A little bigger than the frogs the boy are used to finding here around our place.
"Grandma, you pick it up!" Then it promptly peed in her hand.
|First time ever seeing a bale wrapping machine (I'm sure there's some technical name for it, but that's what I've called it). Fascinating.|
|Great Grandma's infamous chicken collection. This was only a small portion. And they all got multiple to take home. They even allowed me one since I was there.|
|Lots of fishing in the deep creek holes on my aunt and uncle's property|
|A little kayak trip on a lake! We had probably close to ten kayaks out there-all our family! It was fun seeing cousins I hadn't seen in such a long time.|
Our last farewell in front of Grandma and Grandpa's new place before heading to Minneapolis for our flight.