My grandmother is 92 -- and has always been a sweet, kind, gentle and wise person.
Recently, she's been failing slowly. Neither her heart nor her short-term memory have been doing very well in the last few years. She's been "lost" in Wal-Mart and Home Depot... i.e. shopping when she's supposed to be walking for exercise on rainy Florida days. She's been a bit foggy, but as always quite sweet about it...
More recently, she's had a bit of a challenge and she's going into surgery tomorrow morning.
My mom is with her. Mom's a nurse and is sure this is the right decision -- even though her mother may not survive surgery due to her weakened heart.
So -- send some good vibes, if you have them to spare, toward a sweet little old lady in Florida. She grew up the middle daughter of a Michigan mining engineer in the U.P. She went to college in Iowa and has a degree in Home Ec (one of the few degrees women could get then). She fell in love with an Iowa boy, had four amazing kids, 9 grandchildren (all with college educations) and 5 beautiful great-grandchildren. When her own kids were grown, she began to help other families as a social worker in the difficult parts of Des Moines. Eventually she and my grandfather retired from the State of Iowa and moved to Florida.
Good vibes, Grandma Joy... we love you!