My husband’s Grandpa is stubborn. Granted, he is in his 70’s and entitled to be set in his ways. I don’t mean that here. He has a heart condition. He has a little machine in his chest that “kick-starts” his heart when it beats irregularly. That’s an important piece of machinery, don’t you think? Something that vital to life would need to be serviced and monitored, right? Wrong.
I just got a call from my mother-in-law. Grandpa is on his way to the hospital. His internal heart defibrillator (pacemaker) has needed servicing for a long time. He decided that it wasn’t that important. Well today the machine went off. He is now going to the hospital.
This is where confusion comes into play for me. WHY in the name of all that is holy would someone put off their health like that? This isn’t the first time we have rushed to the hospital with Grandpa. He has been hospitalized probably 5 or so times since my husband and I have been married. Two times ago we thought it was his time. He had pneumonia so bad that the hospital suggested a “Do Not Resuscitate” form that Nana could sign. That was a close call.
Our entire family so loves this cranky man. Why on Earth would he not put his health first? Does this man feel like torturing his family over and over again? I have gotten to the point that I HATE going to the hospital. I have been there so many times over the last 10 yrs. or so with various relatives. No offense to the medical profession – I just hate sickness and death.
So..since I can’t really tell Grandpa how I feel to his face (that would NOT go over well), I will say it here: “What the #%$* are you thinking? Don’t you realize that you are stressing all of us out by not taking care of yourself? We want you around for a long time. KNOCK THIS OFF!”
Ok, time to wait by the phone and see when visiting hours are. *grumble grumble*