Today was the last day of my cousin’s family visit to Virginia. Although it was a fun visit, it came to an emotional end as we found out that my Grandmother decided to proceed with a surgical procedure that she has been contemplating for several years. She has been a patient at the Cleveland Clinic for more than a week now while her heart is being monitored. She was admitted after experiencing several fainting spells, and has been in very good spirits while there.
This morning we found out that she opted to have open heart surgery where a triple-by pass and valve replacement will be attempted. Although 92-years-old, she is very aware of her surroundings and still maintains nearly all of her faculties. Not only did she opt to have this surgery performed but she also actively participated in a conversation with the surgeon and hospital administrators' where she signed a do-not-resuscitate form.
Everyone was surprised at this, since the only family in town with her when she made this decision was my aunt. The two grandchildren she has that live in the Cleveland area were both on vacation with their families.
This morning my cousin and her family will get back to Ohio as quickly as they can to await the outcome of my grandmother’s surgery and to be with her.