A grandmother is a mother who has a second chance

Monday, December 31, 2007

Hey, it was an honest question!!

My father-in-law has been in the hospital since December 4th (with a brief 3-day discharge in the middle) and will hopefully be able to go to rehab today or tomorrow. He has a variety of illnesses at this point, and, like with my dad, this extended hospitalization is making him a bit loopy! We've had some interesting conversations with him the past week or so, but this is one of my favorites. As a prologue, he is in a fairly new hospital in Fremont. However, he's convinced he's in a hospital in a city where he previously lived for 54 years. He knew where he was the first couple of weeks of his hospitalization, but not so much anymore.

Pop: You know, I remembered that a few years back I had a family member in this hospital - don't remember who it was, but I came to visit.

Me: Oh, really. Was it one of your brothers?

Pop: No, I don't think so. But I'm pretty sure it was a H******* (that's his last name). I asked a couple of the nurses if they remembered a patient named H******* but they didn't. (he seemed genuinely surprised by this)

Me: Yeah, well, that might be hard for them to do. I'm sure they have several thousand patients a year here.

Pop: Oh, right, probably. But H******** isn't a common name so I thought maybe they would remember.

Me: When was this?

Pop: Oh, back in the 50's or 60's!!!

Me: (trying not to laugh) Pop! Most of these people weren't even BORN in the 50's or 60's!!

Pop: Wll, yeah, that's a good point.......


Wendy said...

I can understand this conversation perfectly right now.

Have a Happy New Year, Sandi!

Chris said...

Happy New Year Sandi. Hope 2008 is good to you and yours!

icanseeclearlynow said...

oh he's HILARIOUS! once a man, twice a child. children and elderly people say the funniest things! i LOVE talking with them!


HAPPY NEW YEAR!! to you and your wonderful family!



ira said...

Happy New Year Sandy!!!
Hope he gets well soon! :)
ps: I looooove the new look! :)

judypatooote said...

The last few years of my dads life, he ask my mom where his mom went, because she was just here... and she had been dead 30 years... and then he also ask mom, where his wife was, she said i'm right here, and he said no the other wife....he has never been married before....it is so sad to see old ones going through this.....I call them oldtimers, and forget that I'm 67, whats that make me...LOL The brain is like a computer, when it works it is great..... judy