I’m sad to report that my mother-in-law, Granny Jo, died this evening, February 10, 2013, just 36 days after arriving at the nursing home on January 4. It was a tumultuous 5 weeks with two hospital visits, a broken hip and a few positive moments including watching her rocking away to the Elvis impersonator that visited the home a couple of weeks ago.
She was found in her bed facing the wall in full cardiac arrest. She suffered from Alzheimer’s and was basically unable to communicate for the last several months. She could say 2 or 3 words but that was pretty much it. She had always had a good appetite up until the broken hip. After returning from the hospital a couple of weeks ago her appetite was never the same. We believe the Alzheimer’s had affected her pain recognition because she never showed any signs of pain from the hip surgery. So that was a small blessing in a weird sort of way.
She was 85 years, 7 months and 15 days old when she died. She didn’t want a funeral. Her wish was to donate her body to the St. Louis University Medical School, so that’s being arranged.
The photo at right was taken in 2007.