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Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Asking For Prayers

For my brother, my sister-in-law, their daughter and the twins, for whom there seems to be very little hope.

My brother is developing some very bad physical symptoms and is refusing to go to the doctor. Pray for comfort and wisdom for them all, because this body count might be about to escalate.

Update 8/13: There does seem to have been a change for the better in my brother's family's situation. Again, thank you. I do not believe that prayers work when the intent is not there, but I do believe prayer works when the intent is there but the ability to execute the intent is not. Prayer does not violate free will, but rather restores it. You will understand that I shouldn't give highly personal details, but the restoration of free will does seem to define what happened yesterday.

And may I ask for one more favor, since someone out there, or perhaps everyone together, seems to be able to catch the ear of the Almighty:
Shtove left a worse tale of a family in distress:
MOM, my sister in law got the all clear from her breast cancer treatment 3 weeks ago. She is 41 and has three beautiful young daughters. Today, she collapsed in the kitchen and smacked her head on the floor, out cold - brainscan has just revealed a tumour close to the skull, operation set for Monday.

That is awful. Please pray for that whole family and the doctors who will attempt to save this mother's life. Also, of course, for all those in like situations. Life is always shooting at someone.

I am working on a long series of post that hopefully will explain a little more of what I have been trying to get across, but I am very busy it may take me a while.

Further Update: My sister in law miscarried last night/this morning. Both twins were stillborn but so far she is doing well. Their daughter seems okay as well, although she is still on meds for the suspected Lyme.

And Teri has another prayer request, just as urgent as Shtove's:
Would you please add Linda to the list? She's my boyfriend's ex-girlfriend (they lived together years before we met.) She had bariatric a few months ago. She now has a brain infection and they doing surgery to remove some of the damaged areas. It does not sound good.
It certainly does not. Again, pray for the doctors and other medical staff as well as Linda and her family/friends.



Comments:
Will do.
 
Prayers are coming your way tonight.

Learner2
 
Sincere prayers for you and yours -- please be sure to take care of YOURSELF, too....
 
Done.
 
Hands clasped and fingers crossed.

Sporkfed
 
Thank you all very much.
 
They have been and will continue to be in my prayers. I will ask friends to put them on the prayer lists at a Buddhist Sangha and a catholic church. Take care of yourself MoM,you will be needed however things turn out and will need all of your strength.
 
Pardon me, but your brother seems like a real douche-bag. It is his job to suck it up and get done what needs to be done.
 
Crying with laughter, Mr. Sensitive.

No, he is not a real douche-bag - just a very worried guy with a deep sense of duty, who dearly loves his very lovable wife, doing the best he knows in a no-win situation.

He might not be wise, because after all he could just tell his sister to go over and park by the house for the hour or two he would need to get to the doctor and get his BP checked, but he sure ain't a douche-bag.
 
You and your family will remain in my prayers.
 
Mom<you BiL is doing what i have done in the past. Not taking care of himself out of a feeling of duty to others and perhaps also a feeling of helplessness. Sometimes pointing out that his duty of care will not be short lived and that without taking care of himself he will not be able to care for others as well as his sense of duty requires...we can only do what is humanly possible,leaving those things to God which are not is difficult,but part of Faith. Ouch.
 
No idea what is going on, but if you need some well crafted thoughts and hopeful prayers I can do that.
 
MOM, my sister in law got the all clear from her breast cancer treatment 3 weeks ago. She is 41 and has three beautiful young daughters. Today, she collapsed in the kitchen and smacked her head on the floor, out cold - brainscan has just revealed a tumour close to the skull, operation set for Monday.

We've kept things calm over the past seven months, but when Life takes a shot its aim is highly accurate.

I think you said something similar a couple of days ago. All the best to you and yours.
 
Oh, Shtove, I am SO SORRY.

That's excruciating. One does not even know what to say or write. Maybe it is not a secondary but one of the relatively innocuous forms.

I will definitely be praying for her and her family, including you. Thanks for letting me know.

How old are the kids?
 
"when Life takes a shot its aim is highly accurate."

That was such a true statement.
 
It may be that my dad threw a clot and had a heart attack and died, it happens; it may be that my brother had achilles tendon surgery and threw a blood clot and had a double PE and died, it happens. I just keep walking for as long as I can until bed time. I am not sitting down nor taking a long flight! It happens.
 
GYC - yup. There is no immunity. Most of us have to take our turn as the target in life's firing range, and if you get off lightly you have to be thankful.

But it hurts like hell. And it is far more difficult to cope with bad things happening to others you love than with bad things happening to yourself.

And take aspirin, in moderation.
 
Prayers headed your way, for both families. Life is so fragile.
 
MOM, thank you so much for inviting prayers.

My sister in law is doing fine and my brother has some relief at the latest news. The tumour is related to the original cancer, but the oncology team actually cheered when the CT scan showed no cancer in the rest of the body. That's the story as told by my brother, and he's feeling confident. Let it be.

The daughters are 7/10/13 - two birthdays in the past week, but celebrations a bit quiet pending operation.
 
May God our Gracious Father, draw you all closer to Himself during these difficult days. May He grant you peace, comfort and strength and may you never cease to feel His strong arms about you. In His Name I pray, amen.
 
MoM, all of us in your adjunctive family would say that, on the whole, it is a happy family. It's quite amazing, really, that we do talk some pretty hairy stuff on here, but with a good courage and good cheer. No, I am not forgetting Teri's loss of a couple of years ago. What your brother is experiencing, in the impending loss of the twins, is almost more than we can bear to hear, and know quite well how difficult it is for him.

Most of us are grownups. Some are your age. I am about ten years up on you, and, although we still remember our twenties, a lot of s--- has happened that we did not expect.

All this blather is to say, really to demonstrate, that, when we say words of encouragement, or words of sympathy, we know whereof we speak. Yes, they, you, are in our most fervent prayers. I hope that you are also taking care of yourself, too. As time and strength permit, keep us posted.

Agapei xristou

Michael
 
Shtove, I have asked my Buddhist friends to add to their prayer list. And MoM,take the time to care for yourself,I suspect the analysis is part of that,but do eat and rest well,you bring something here that is not available anywhere else.
 
Would you please add Linda to the list? She's my boyfriend's ex-girlfriend (they lived together years before we met.) She had bariatric a few months ago. She now has a brain infection and they doing surgery to remove some of the damaged areas. It does not sound good.
 
Hi MOM.

Thought I should post an update on my sister in law, since you and others were so kind about my post last month.

She had an operation to remove the brain tumour a couple of weeks ago. The surgeon was very satisfied with the result. Physically she feels fine, but her moods are extreme.

I don't quite know the technicalities of her illness, but I sense a change in outlook. Before, it was just treatment. Now, it's about managing the inevitable.
 
Hi. My sister in law passed away yesterday.

A month after the brain tumour operation she developed a persistent cough. Lung cancer diagnosed. She lasted three months, a bit more than the doctors predicted.

The passing was peaceful, in her bedroom at home. She was surrounded by her family, including her daughters.

The treatment and palliative care were provided by the UK's national health service. I was concerned that the nursing care in the last weeks might take away from the family's ability to look after its own, but the whole thing was judged beautifully.

Thank you to the people who offered prayers.
 
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