Friday, April 27, 2007

Surprise! (but not in the good way)

I've been keeping quiet about this because I wasn't sure how it would turn out, but it seems like resolve is occurring.

In the middle of last week Hay's paternal grandmother woke up from her slumber to find that both her legs, which had been working just fine the day before, were no longer working. (Surprise!) She couldn't walk, couldn't move them, couldn't anything with them. Details of what happened between then and now are not going to be discussed here, but luckily she has regained her ability to get around a bit.

When Hay told me about his grandmother my mind kept on spinning, wondering what it would be like to fall asleep with perfect use of your legs and then wake up to the (well, initial shock and horror) of possibly never walking again. Obviously I'd adjust mentally and modify my life to compensate for this new addition to the complications of life, but I doubt I'd be too happy about it. I'm glad for Hay's grandmother's sake that the situation isn't permanent but I can't even imagine how unsettling that must have been for her.

And I have no ending to my post. Just quiet contemplation.


Diamond Lil said...

Awww. I hope his granny recovers!

Molly said...

How freaking crazy is that? I do have a friend who's a quadriplegic. He broke his neck in an army training accident when he was 19 and has been in a wheelchair for over 20 years. Seeing how much he's accomplished since his accident (he's now a college professor) has kind of put me more at ease with disabilities. You'd freak out at first, but you really don't have any choice but to make the best of the cards your dealt, right?

Get well, Hay's Grandma!

Stinkypaw said...

Unsettling indeed! That must have been completely freaky!

Kristen said...

I think I'd start my day wondering if I could sue my mattress manufacturer.

No, seriously. I would be Not Right for a long time. Heavens, is this common? I've never heard of this before. Should I put this on my list of things I worry about right before I fall asleep?

Poppy Cede said...

DLil - Thank you.

Molly - Good perspective. You are right...

Stinkypaw - A bit, yes. :)

K - I think you should, but in another 30 years.