The last couple of years, my grandmother’s become quite frail. Just only a few years ago, she still had the strength to stand, and walk a few steps on her own, speak loudly and clearly, and feed herself with normal utensils. But since then, things have been going downhill. She’s become weak, unable to even stand, or rotate her body in bed. Her memory’s been failing, and often forgets who everyone is. I’d visit and she could only assume I’m her grandchild by what I call her, but she wouldn’t remember who I was. But over the last few weeks, her health has gradually improved, with some regular exercising, daily nutritious meals, she’s been regaining some strength. It’s considerably minimal, but the difference is apparent.
At her birthday a few weeks back, she was wide awake as we treated her to her favorite foods! She always eats well when she is given food she enjoys! McDonalds fries with ketchup, fried chicken from churches, and pizza of any kind! She still had trouble remembering who’s who that day, but was alert enough to joke with me a little. She was starting to look more lively. She was smiling more often!
I can still remember last August/September, my grandmother would forget who her family was. Her daughters and sons, grandchildren and great grandchildren. I would visit her regularly and she wouldn’t remember who I was. Even my mom who saw her even more regularly than I did, would be mistaken…..
But today. Today was different. Today, after picking up a couple things from the Red Cross for my grandmother, I stopped by with my mom to drop the stuff off. When I stepped into her room, I said “Hi grandma!” to her, followed by the usual question “Do you know who I am?” To my delightful surprise, she said, “Of course! You’re Melody!” All of this was, of course, spoken in Chinese. It made me so happy, seeing such improvement in her health and her memory! She is no longer pale. No longer just skin and bones. Her eyes are now open wide, unlike before, when they would only be half open. And you could hear her when she speaks, so much so that there is emotion in her words! She is no longer confused between day and night, no longer confused when spoken to or moved around. My grandmother is finally getting better!
She made my day. 🙂