brinshannara: (seriously)
After over three months of suffering through a broken hip, a misdiagnosis, one bout of pneumonia and three bouts of c.difficile, my Nana passed away tonight. Just a few minutes ago.

She was a quietly strong woman, living to 95 years old. Along the way, she experienced things like the first World War, the Great Depression, the Second World War, a monarch or two, the death of her husband, her two sisters and her brother. She beat cancer. She quit smoking, cold turkey. She saw her son become a doctor, marry a woman who became a lawyer and saw them have two grandchildren -- both with her blue eyes.

Turning comments off, because there's nothing really one can say at this point.

Thank you, all of you, for your kind comments and sweet words and good thoughts and prayers over the last several months. They have been more appreciated than you know. Nana appreciated knowing that random people that I know out there on the Internet ("you know, the computer thing") were thinking about her and praying for her. Thank you.


Nov. 3rd, 2007 09:29 pm
brinshannara: (facepalm)
So Nana actually does have c. difficile. Again. AGAIN. What the HELL is wrong with people? Okay, yes, she needed antibiotics for her pneumonia (which is getting better) but hello, the whole damn FLOOR has c. diff. Could they not MOVE my grandmother to another part of the hospital where it is not so prevalent BEFORE she caught it a SECOND TIME? Seriously, her broken hip, followed by c. diff, followed by a protein deficiency that caused her limbs to swell up like crazy, followed by pneumonia, followed by c. diff AGAIN, followed by bedsores. What the hell did my Nana do in a past life to deserve all this?

I really don't even know where or how to vent my frustration and anger. Is it really the hospital's fault, the way it feels like it is? I mean, clearly they're not taking measures to prevent the spread, although it's a tricky thing to contain... Argh. Anyways, my brother and I are going to visit her tomorrow.


I got a B on my Sociology of the Media midterm, apparently. I woke up on Thursday with a migraine at 6am, so I blew off Italian and Soci of the Media and JB grabbed my exam for me and informed me of the mark and some of the rather positive comments.


Day 3 of NaNoWriMo and I am disturbingly behind already. 1530 words instead of 5001. Sigh. I don't even have a PLOT yet.


The Habs have to stop getting "too many men on the ice" penalties. For real.


It's dropped below freezing here, at night. So. Cold.


After missing the vast majority of last season, I'm starting to get back into Desperate Housewives. I don't even really know why, although apparently one of the gay neighbours (I haven't gotten to that episode yet) played David Vickers on One Life to Live and I ALWAYS thought he was very cute. (As did [ profile] drsnicket, as I recall.)


Yeah, my life is boring. But new Tina Fey/Liz Lemon icons:



Oct. 30th, 2007 10:02 am
brinshannara: (liz lemon)
It's 5 degrees out, with a high of 9 today.

That's 42 with a high of 48, for you silly Fahrenheiters out there. ;)

It's also COLD, dammit. Gah.

Anyways, update on life:

- Nana beat c. difficile, but then got pneumonia and is now back in isolation for c. difficile. She has no symptoms, apparently, but might be carrying it (?) so she's in isolation with another woman who DOES actually have it. Her oxygen saturation levels are okay, hovering around 90-95 on room air (as opposed to being on oxygen) so hopefully that's going okay. She's awfully weak, though, and isn't eating all that much -- but then lots of people don't feel like eating with pneumonia. She's got an IV right now, too, so at least she's getting some kind of nourishment. More thoughts, prayers, vibes, etc, are welcome. I didn't even get her to laugh last time I saw her; just got a smile. :/

- School's going okay. Got a B on my Law and Society midterm, a B- on my Italian test (typical fare for me in Italian) and an 86% on an essay outline for Journalism, the essay being due tomorrow. Whee.

- National Novel Writing Month starts Thursday. I plan to take part, although I don't know if I'll be able to beat last year's miserable word count of 6000. I also will not be posting any of it on LJ, but I'll put it up on my own website and let a filter know when/if there are updates.

- I woke up at 8am after going to bed at 10 last night. I think I was actually asleep by 10:30.

- Yay Sox.

- Go Habs.

- Heading to the parents' after class tomorrow to help hand out Halloween candy.

That's pretty much my life right now. Thrilling, I know.

Anyways, I'm dressed and almost ready to leave a good hour before I have to, so I'm actually going to do my Italian homework and translate a passage from The Godfather from English into Italian. This is the absolute weakest part of my Italian. I can translate from Italian to English fairly well (as evidenced on my test -- I really only lost points translating from English to Italian) but the reverse makes me want to cry.

I need a new Liz Lemon icon, imho.
brinshannara: (liz lemon)
When last we left our intrepid adventurer, she was going to try to upgrade her IRC server without destroying the universe.

Success! Upgraded to a new version of the IRC server, the IRC services and installed an open proxy scanner. I felt like the queen geek. And then on Saturday, I screwed it up for a bit and lost services entirely for like, half an hour. It was weird. But it all seems to be working, now.
In other news, I have an Italian test in about an hour and a bit.

And I saw my Nana last night. Dad's in Banff, Alberta, becoming some president of some doctor association thing, so I went to feed her dinner and we chatted. She's doing a LOT better, should be out of the isolation room soon (she kicked c.diff's ASS!) and is spending some time in her chair every day as opposed to just lying in bed. The physiotherapist is coming most days, I think, and her swelling in her hands and feet are going down because she's actually eating more.

Good stuff, keep thinking happy thoughts. :D

Anyways, I should review my stuff a little bit more before I go. I've been up since 5am, for some unfathomable reason, so I'm looking forward to going downtown, writing my test, coming home and napping before my 6pm class.


Oct. 2nd, 2007 05:40 pm
brinshannara: (free (syd))
Sorry for a seemingly double post, but I just heard from my mom and apparently, my Nana has totally perked up today. She's still in some pain, still in a lot of discomfort, but got an IV of potassium and sodium today and that gave her a bunch of energy. She saw a geriatric specialist, a skin specialist (she's got these horrible sort of lesions/sores from lying down forever and from the IVs and other stuff) and her physiotherapist and actually got out of bed and sat in her chair.

I kind of almost cried in relief, even though she certainly isn't out of the woods yet. It's just such a huge relief to know that she's doing *better* for the first time, really, in two weeks. I mean, surgery, a transfusion, C.difficile... It's like I can breathe again.

I'd like to say that I don't mean to turn my LJ into a "this is how my Nana is doing" blog, but I have the really awful feeling that if I don't write about this, then I'm not going to process any of this at all.


Keep the vibes/prayers/thoughts comin', they're doing something. :)

And if anyone has an idea as to something I could bring my Nana that is totally disposable that would cheer her up (I already brought a card), hit me with it.

Off to Law & Society.
brinshannara: (girl (hermione))
And I also have zero ability to translate Italian.

My first translation project is due in, oh, under 8 hours and I haven't slept. And no, it will not take 8 hours, but listen to part of my first draft!

"Five years after the Bulgarian Edict, Enzo Biagi and Michele Santoro went back under the shield of Rai, while the comedian Daniele Luttazzi will begin under La7 in October with one show himself, after six years of professional nothingness."

Like, wow. Such a poor translation that I don't even know where to begin in fixing up the English. And if half of that is right.

So much work to do this week. I can't wait for Thursday at 5:30pm, when Thanksgiving weekend starts for me. (Yes, yes, shorter growing season in Canada, earlier harvest, earlier Thanksgiving.)

Nana Update: She's feeling really weak and wiped out after the worst of the C.difficile seems to have passed. (My father made sure she drank a ton of water to try to clean out her system.) Still more happy thoughts, pretty please. :)

Brother Update: Yesterday, he was at "I'm completely devastated" and today, well, here's an excerpt from a short google chat we had:

2:19 PM me: Hey. How are you?
2:22 PM Brother: Hi
2:23 PM I'm fine. SHe's a ho
2:23 PM I don't need her.

While I can certainly appreciate the sentiment, it's a little soon after a 6 year relationship, so I would have to take a stab at it and say he's being brave. It hurts me to see him go through this, and all I really want to do is hug him, as corny as that may be. He's a little standoffish, though, and would probably smack me in the head if I tried.

I'm gonna get a Coke and get through this Italian thing.
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As I slept VERY oddly and irregularly last night, I now find myself still groggy at 1:40pm. Class is in just over an hour, so... quick update.

Nana had her hip surgery on Monday. They replaced the top of her femur (thigh bone) and fixed the issue with the actual hip, as I understand it. So I saw her yesterday (Tuesday). She was still in a significant amount of pain, because she'd done some physiotherapy. Her muscles are all really weak at this point, from not having moved for two weeks.

Still, my Nana's a tough cookie and came through surgery (general anaesthetic, no less!) just fine. Keep the good thoughts coming, though, 'cause she's got a lot of work ahead of her.

As to life... Journalism class today, must leave in 21 minutes. Italian and Soci of the Media tomorrow, followed by an Italian get-together thingy from 5:45-6:45, to practice speaking Italian. Loose plans with JB on Friday evening, possibly coffee with SY in the afternoon.

Somewhere in there, I have to watch the season premiere of The Office. I've already watched the premiere of How I Met Your Mother, but never did get around to watching the last few episodes of Heroes, so I haven't watched that premiere yet.

Also, WarCraft is so broken right now with a whole bunch of addons giving a billion different errors. So much so that I had to cancel our raid last night. I was cranky and I still haven't figured out half of my own issues.

Ugh, I need to get this show on the road.
brinshannara: (@&#%! (weiss))
Dad got home from Australia late on Sunday night and saw his mom in the hospital on Monday morning. Talked to her doctor, the head nurse, the social worker, explaining that the key problem is not her lungs but rather that she still is having trouble walking, etc, etc.

Apparently they X-rayed her and gave her another CT scan yesterday (the original X-ray was 12 days ago when she was admitted) and have only JUST NOW realized she has a broken hip.


And she's been made to walk around a bit and sit up for hours, even when she complained of discomfort. Well, no fucking kidding it wasn't comfortable, HER HIP IS BROKEN.


Apologies, but I'm kind of irate and I had to vent before I left for school.

Off to Italian, then lunch, then Sociology of the Media, then dinner and a movie with JB.

Happy thoughts, prayers, vibes, etc, for my Nana are appreciated.


Oct. 13th, 2005 02:33 am
brinshannara: (what i write)
Fandoms. Colliding.

In episode 4 of Las Vegas this season, there was the regular cast...

Plus COLBY from Survivor: Outback (and All-Star).

As if THAT wasn't enough, there's a little old lady in this ep.

Know where I've seen HER before?

Star Trek. Yes, it's Beverly's Nana on Las Vegas. And she'll be 87 years old on November 16. You go, Nana.


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