Wednesday, August 11, 2010
Asking For Prayers
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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