Monday, February 17, 2014
I have been feeling very emotional over the last few days. My brother-in-law was in the hospital since December 18. My sister was told he had congestive heart failure, and that he could not go back home, as he needed round-the-clock care. My sister has COPD and has had a difficult time taking care of herself and her hubby.
A few weeks ago the doctor called the family together and told them that my brother-in-law was dying, and had only about 3 weeks to live. My sister and her family have been going to the hospital as often as they can, and it has taken a toll on my sister. Often my brother-in-law wasn't responsive to them when they visited. He slowly declined.
On Friday my brother-in-law went into a coma. My niece called me to let me know. I had not been able to visit my sister or brother-in-law, as I had been suffering with a bad cold and flu bug. I didn't want to pass on the infection to either of them. I have been feeling better so I told my sister I would find a way to the hospital. After that call another niece called me and told me she and her sister were going to the hospital and that if I wanted she would come and pick me up and give me a ride. That was such a blessing. I was able to spend some time with my family there as well. My sister and some of her family wanted to go out for supper, so I said I would stay with my brother-in-law so he wouldn't be alone. That was a very difficult time for me, as the last time I was visiting in the hospital is when my husband was dying two years ago. I spent 4 days with him when he too was unresponsive. I was happy to be able to talk to my brother-in-law about God and Jesus while I was visiting. I know he believed in God and in Jesus, but that he was afraid to die. I told him that if he had Christ in his heart he didn't have to be afraid.
My brother-in-law passed away about an hour after my sister and her family returned. I'm so happy they were all able to be there with him when he passed. It was a very emotional day for me, and I didn't get home until after 1:00 A.M.
The next day my sister called me and asked me to come over to her place as everyone was going to be there. A good friend from church offered to drive me there. We spent the afternoon just remembering some of the things we used to do through the years. My niece had a video of her dad singing and playing the guitar. He loved music. He wrote quite a few songs. It was very emotional to watch. Again I didn't get home until after 1:00 A.M. I just feel emotionally and physically exhausted.
My friend picked me up to give me a ride to church this morning. I am so happy I went. I always feel so blessed. I have a wonderful church family, and they always come around me when I am going through difficulties.
There will be a visitation on Tueday and the funeral will be on Saturday. I know this is going to be a very emotional week for all of the family.
Tomorrow I am going to a birthday party for two of my granddaughters. It is my birthday as well. One of my granddaughters was born on Feb. 8 and the other one was born on Feb. 19. My birthday is on Feb. 17. My son and daughter-in-law generally have one family party for the girls together, and then they get to each have their own parties with their own friends.
It will be nice to spend some time with family. Tomorrow evening is our Women's Bible Study. I'm looking forward to that as well.
Wednesday, February 12, 2014
I have been sick with a cold/flu bug since just after Christmas. I saw my doctor last week and he gave me antibiotics to help with the very bad sinus infection and headaches I have been having. They are helping a little, but not a lot. I have to take the antibiotics for 4 weeks, but I have to see him next week to see how things are going. I am still having a lot of problems getting anything done, as my body is just not letting me do too much.
On top of that, I was supposed to go and visit my sister a couple of weeks ago. My BIL is in the hospital, and they do not think he will be coming home. My DS is devastated, and is having a hard time being alone. My BIL is 85, and he has dementia, and the doctors told my sister that he also has congenital heart failure. He sleeps a lot and there are times when he doesn't talk or even pay attention when his family visits. My niece told me that he has fluid retention in his body and it is now up to his hips. They have given him dieuretics, but they're not working all that well. The doctors have now put him on morphine pills. He is very restless and is having trouble breathing. I know he is afraid to die, as he told my niece that. My niece was telling me that eventually he will just stop breating and slowly pass away. My sister hates to see her DH like that. It seems they are just waiting for him to die. It's a sad situation. I am praying for him and for his family.
I have been trying to get all the new and donated books in the church library on the shelves. Yesterday I spent 2 hours in the church with a friend entering some of the books into the computer system. We accomplished quite a bit, although we froze while doing it. I found out today that the temperature had been shut off in the church, and it was only 57 degrees when we were there. We had to stop for coffee on the way home to warm up. I went back to the church today to do some more work. Thankfully the heat was turned up and it wasn't quite so cold. I managed to spend 4 hours there and I accomplished quite a bit. However, I did have a little scare. Our church building is only used for church services and for meetings, etc., mostly during the evenings, so often there is no one there. The offices have moved to another building. This morning I was in the church by myself, and I guess someone came in to get something and didn't realize I was there. Whoever it was locked the door when they went out and set the alarm. I went to the washroom, and when I came out I set off the alarm. Someone from the office came over to shut the alarm off. They had to contact the police to let them know nothing was wrong. He showed me what to do if that ever happens again. I have a fob to get into the building rather than a key and it automatically unlocks and locks the door when you scan it. Nothing like a little excitement to make sure you're awake in the morning.
I was thinking of going back to the church again tomorrow, but I think I'll stay home and get something done here. I have to go to the church for child care on Thursday morning and again on Friday evening, so I think that's enough for this week. I will try to go back next week to see how much more I can get done.
Tuesday, December 24, 2013
Our Advent Christmas message this past Sunday was on the two most important commandments, Love the Lord your God and love your neighbor as yourself. Our pastor told us he wanted to demonstrate this by using one of the volunteers at our church, and he then ran a video. The video was of an 8-year-old girl who comes to our church. Every Wednesday she volunteers at our Food Bank. People come in to pick up their food and while there they receive a hot bowl of soup, bread and danties as well as tea, coffee and juice. This little girl showed us around the Hope Centre (where we have the food bank). She showed us the kitchen, the area where they serve the food and a little room in the back with lots of toys and coloring books for children to play while they are waiting for their parents. The pastor asked her if she volunteered by playing with the children. She said no she didn't. She volunteered by helping people get their food and then visiting with them. Many of the people have said how much they enjoy her company. She then told us that after everyone is gone she goes to the play area and cleans it up, making sure everything is put away ready for next time.
After the video was finished, many people in the congregation were crying. The pastor then introduced this little girl and she got a huge round of applause. The pastor then asked her how long she had been doing this. She said since she was four years old. So she has been volunteering for 4 years. When asked why she did it, she said that God has put so much love in her heart that sometimes it just explodes and she has lots to give others.
She is truly an inspiration to everyone. No wonder Jesus said we must all become as little children to enter the Kingdom of Heaven. Children have such a big heart.
Monday, December 02, 2013
I had a pretty good day today. I went to my chiropractor's office for a badly needed adjustment. I felt much better afterwards. This evening my chiropractor's office put on a Christmas dinner for all his patients and their guests at a local golf and country club. It was all free. He did a presentation on heart disease. I had a great healthy dinner with chicken, salmon and salad and sauteed veggies, with fresh fruit for dessert. They drew names for ten prizes and I won a large container of Vanilla Protein Powder. I am quite happy with that. I was out so I would have had to buy some more. It saved me $65.00. My friend and her daughter were there as well, and they each won prizes as well.
The bad news is, that I found out that my daughter-in-law had a fire in her home, and they lost everything. She was visiting her mother, and three of her children were visiting their dad. Her oldest daughter was home and after using the washroom, she decided to have a nap while waiting for her mother. About 10 minutes after she had used the washroom, the toilet exploded and the water pipes burst. There was a fire in the walls of the townhouse, and the heat caused the toilet to explode and the pipes to burst. My granddaughter was able to grab her purse and her coat, and get out of the house. She was taken to the hospital and treated for smoke inhalation, as she went back in to look for their two cats. All were saved, including the cats, but everything was destroyed except what they had on their backs. My daughter-in-law had her purse and her car, but nothing else. Thank God no one was injured, but my daughter-in-law is devastated, and she doesn't know what she will do to replace everything. She and her children are staying with her parents, and they have given her a sofa, but that is all she has. I noted that some friends on Facebook were saying they were going to try to get some clothing for the kids.
I sent a note to one of the ladies in my church and asked her to put my daughter-in-law on the prayer chain. She told me to check and see if our Hope Centre might have anything they can donate. I am going to send a note to the Pastor in charge of that and see what I can come up with. I know anything they get they can use. They need beds, bedding, clothing, etc., etc.
I am praying that God will look after her and her family.
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