Monday, 7 April 2008

Flowers for Grandpa 給阿公的花





After anchoring and before Mom's birthday dinner, I had a little bit of time, so after picking out flowers for Mom at my favorite florist, I also had them make a cute little bouquet. I brought that to Grandpa (Ongg) at the hospital. Everyone was sending big ol' orchid arrangements, and I thought something small, colorful and cute would be more cheerful and fun. I think he liked it.

Took these pictures in the taxi on the way to the hospital.

It was the first time I saw him after the operation, and although he was still under a little bit of sedation, he could talk OK. He did sound a little like Darth Vadar, though. After lunch, we did a lap around the ward together. He held on to the railing on the wall like it was for his life, and walked like someone with only one leg. Then we ran into his surgeon, who said "walk normally!" and gave some other instructions, like exercises to relax his back, shoulders and torso, to wear normal shoes instead of hospital flip flops, etc. After the doctor left, Grandpa distrustingly let go of the railing, and then he just...walked! Like a normal person! Making sure he wouldn't forget, I wrote down on a piece of paper all that the doctor said and gave it to Grandpa and did a few of the exercises with him.

After a bit of chatting together with Great Aunt who's been with Grandpa the whole time, her son and grandson, another doctor came in to remove Grandpa catheter, and then he fell asleep. I had to leave, get Mom's present and get changed for dinner. Although a little heart broken to see him like this, I was relieved to know that he was recovering and in good hands.

播完新聞,
距離晚上和Mom慶祝生日還有一點時間,
所以在我最喜歡的花店挑完Mom的花,
我也請花藝老師幫我做個可愛的小組和給(翁)阿公。
我想,大家一定都是送大盆大盆的蘭花,
所以我挑了些顏色cheerful一點的鮮花,
想說可愛,陽光一點應該還不錯。
後來阿公好像也是挺喜歡的。

照片是路上坐計程車時候拍的。

到了醫院,
阿公還是有點麻醉劑在身體裡面跑,
不過他可以講話,
雖然聲音有點像Darth Vadar...
吃飽中飯,
陪他在ward裡面走了一圈。
走路的時候,
他右手緊抓著牆上的扶手,
來好像只有一支腳的人在走路。
剛好碰到阿公的醫生,
醫生說"正常走就好啦。"
阿公一開始不相信,
但是放開扶手,
真的就正常走了。
醫生還有給一些指示,
像是伸展和柔軟背,
肩膀和上半身的運動,
還有要穿正常鞋走,
不要穿醫院的拖鞋。
怕阿公忘記或沒聽清楚,
我把這些全部寫下來,
交給阿公,然後陪他做幾下這些動作。

跟一直陪著阿公的姑婆
還有姑婆的兒子和孫子
聊了一會,另外一位醫生近來,
幫阿公的倒尿管拆除。
拆除之後,阿公睡著了,
我也得離開,準備Mom的禮物,
回家換衣服等。
雖然有點心痛阿公不舒服的樣子,
不過看他恢復的很好,
也知道有這麼多人在照顧他,
就比較安心了。