Friday, July 17, 2009
First Fearless Friday
I have a BIG prayer list today for my 1st entry at "Fearless Friday" hosted by new friend Angela....
I keep a running list over my desk at work so I can pray throughout the day for friends, family and loved ones. First, I begin with my family. My Daddy is 84, still going, still working part time yet I can see how he is getting older, going downhill, getting more feeble and it breaks my heart. I just watched him try to get up from a couch and hobble away after his visit with my aunt. His sister is in the nursing home up the road from where I work in far worse shape that he is. The nursing home called me this morning because she was crying so to see her brother. At that moment I had my hands full trying to xerox a degree for someone and answer the phone at the same time. I had to put the nurse on hold. I told the nurse Daddy was working and she said she would tell my aunt because they are as honest as possible with the patients. I called her son to go check on her as we were short handed at work today & I couldn't run up there. Aunt Va will go home tomorrow. Not sure if that will better for her. We will just have to hope, pray, wait and see... Please pray that her son Lance will do the right thing; what is best for her as his mother not for him.
Yesterday I got an email from my BFF Genie who's parents have spiraled downhill as well. Both of them have had a virus. Her father who is bedridden is not eating and he is diabetic. Her mother is down to 72 lbs! As Genie tried to make earlier flight arrangements which will cost her dearly or drive for 13 hours, the nurse told her that wouldn't be soon enough. I just cannot imagine. I haven't heard from her today, but they are at the top of my prayer list.
My Aunt Betty is getting around in her wheelchair which has been fixed so she can prop her broken arm on it now.
Don's Aunt Irene is in a bad way also. She is not eating. Sometimes her spirit is there and other times it is not. Hospice has been called in, but basically they are just watching and waiting for her to die and go on home to the Lord. This is better than dying in a nursing home that can take the house as payment later. Don't get me started on that!
Elaine Jones, a prior co-worker has ovarian cancer. At last report last week she was not doing well. She did not feel up to visitors. I think she is my age or younger, but will have to go to a nursing home because family members cannot lift her. We tend to think we can do it all but then we have to admit we cannot.
All this is very depressing to me yet makes me so very thankful for my good health and that of my immediate family. I pray God will comfort Genie and her family at this difficult time in their lives. We never imagined this scenerio as teenagers. It is something all children must face, but it is hard. Please add my friends and family to your prayer list and I will add your's to mine. Thank you. Thank you Angela for doing this one.