Friday, December 07, 2007

Bad news

Despite the tropical heat, Gramps is feeling cold - 3 layers of clothes, one blanket and a heater on, with no fan and shut windows, and yet...he still says he feels cold. This has been going on for the last fortnight or so. His health has deteriorated a little more since the last family reunion end of Nov.

We finally found out why sometime last week. Apparently, it is heart and renal failure. Only 20% of his kidneys are functioning. No wonder, recently his legs are getting swollen.

Uncle K knew all along but chose to remain mum. Probably coz he didn't want to stress and worry all of us too. There is nothing much more which can be done. No amount of medication will help. This is nature's way of shutting down your body.

Truth be told, we don't know how much longer Gramps has. I choose to believe that with a strong will to live and if surrounded by love, family and care...the odds will definitely be better. I wish I were back home. But even if I were, there really is nothing I can do about it.

Sad, helpless - but such is the reality of life unfortunately.


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