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Grandmother Update

Those of you who read my dad's journal know that I almost had to make an unplanned trip to Panamá this week.

I just received a call from my sister, who just talked to my aunt in Panamá.  My grandmother is doing better.  She is out of the ICU.  She is no longer seeing deceased family members, she once again recognizes living friends and relatives, and, perhaps most importantly, after over two days of wakefulness she finally slept.  (The doctors did not want to give her a sedative because of her precarious mental condition.)  She still has bronchitis -- which may have been the root cause of the problem...her momentary episode of dementia seems to have been cause by a lack of oxygen to the brain -- but she is now expected to make a full recovery.

So, as much as I love Panamá, I hope not to have to make any trips down there until Christmas time (unless I decide to go back for the centennial celebrations in early November as well).


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Jun. 20th, 2003 11:49 am (UTC)
I am glad to hear the good news about your grandmother - although I don't share your views about it being lack of oxygen...I have come across this so many times before with my own family.

Ask yourself this, if it is always put down to lack of oxygen, why is it always family members that people see - and not something else? (I don't agree with the dementia theory either.) All too often important experiences like this are dismissed as fantasy.

Jun. 20th, 2003 12:44 pm (UTC)
I don't discount that she really did see family members. However, the condition that put her in the ICU was apparently some sort of mental anxiety that had her talking a mile a minute and forgetting peoples' identities. Before this she was coughing for several hours straight as a result of the bronchitis. She clearly wasn't getting enough oxygen in her blood supply.
Jun. 20th, 2003 02:46 pm (UTC)
I have memories of my grandmother talking about my grandfather experiencing something similar a few weeks before he passed. He was totally convinced that he had spoken with his brothers who had long since passed. (He even wanted to go and see them...so strong was his conviction.) He was not suffering from any ill health at that point - just old age...and senile dementia, which came and went. I know that some people will say that it was because of his senility that he saw these things...but my mother and my grandmother never bought into that story - and neither do I.

Maybe it is because of my scorpio leanings that I feel drawn to things like this - I can almost still hear my father saying that I would believe anything...but I feel it is better than believing - as my sister did - that it was the effect of the medicine she was under when the same thing happened to my mother. She told my sister shortly before she died that she would be happy to be with her mother and father again...she thought my mother was referring to being in the same plot together - but I feel that she actually meant to be in their company again.

I am happy that your grandmother is improving again - maybe she can relate more of this incidnet when she is fully lucid again. One thing I do know, is that people who have near death experiences usually come back with no fear of death.
Jun. 20th, 2003 03:12 pm (UTC)
I didn't know your dad had an LJ. That's cool.

I'm glad your grandmother's doing better.
Jun. 20th, 2003 09:32 pm (UTC)
Thanks! :)

Yeah, my dad is who got me started on this whole blogging thing over at Xanga.  He actually has four web logs:  two at Xanga, one at LiveJournal, and a fourth at Tripod.
Jun. 20th, 2003 03:51 pm (UTC)
A question...
I asked your father this question a short while back...

I recently compressed a couple of NTFS drives using XP compression...I then defragged them using PerfectDisk, after being given advice that it was safe to do so. I later discovered that the drives had been turned into hidden-ntfs partitions, with no way to get access to the information on either drive.

Do you know any fix for this...besides copying everything to other drives - which would entail over 120gbs of information being copied over.

And another question...am I supposed to ask you five questions now?
Jun. 20th, 2003 09:26 pm (UTC)
Re: A question...
I'm afraid I don't know the answer to your question. My area of expertise is web technologies and databases. I really don't know more than the basics of disk geometry. Perhaps one of my friends who reads this comment can help you out, though, as most of them are computer pros.

As for the interview...technically, you were supposed to answer the questions on your journal and then extend the offer to anyone to interview or be interviewed by you. At least, I think that's how it works. ;) But since you asked...yeah, ask me five questions! I'm curious to see what you would ask, and I've enjoyed doing these interviews.
Jun. 21st, 2003 06:16 am (UTC)
Re: A question...
I'll think about those questions today...

The problem with those drives seems to be an MFT corruption problem - that is the root, discovered last night.

As for the interview, I didn't really think that my email was for public consumption - but as you asked, I answered you.
Jun. 21st, 2003 06:22 am (UTC)
Re: A question...
Yes, I realized that when I read it. Thank you for answering, though. I really had no idea....
Jun. 21st, 2003 05:27 pm (UTC)
Re: A question...
I've managed to fix one of those drives by converting to FAT32 with the latest Paragon Partition Manager - the only partition program able to do this on this drive...then I unhid the drive, and converted back to NTFS. Of course, it took ages, because I had to uncompress everything. (I lost one directory - which included cakewalk...but it wasn't bad out of 13gbs of data.)

I'm just starting on the bigger driven now.
Jun. 22nd, 2003 06:16 am (UTC)
Re: A question...
I've got the other drive up-and- running now - with a slight bit of corruption on both drives...directories got deleted, but I have managed to retain most of it. What I have lost, I should be able to find again without much trouble.

As for your original answer - it is really just the tip of the iceberg. Must go...the dog is whining.
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