Friday, March 06, 2009

Another Day

Sweet friends, I am so tired, but I know so many of you are waiting to hear the latest news concerning my Dad.

Since sharing the last update, my Dad has unfortunately taken a turn for the worse. We just barely arrived home from the hospital on Thursday night with hearts feeling somewhat encouraged, before a call came informing us that Dad again had become aggressive due to his reaction to the medication erroneously administrated by the hospital. It is so sad to see my Daddy in restraints. In all my life, this is the first time I have known him to be angry. My Daddy is the most gentle man you would ever meet. He has amazing patience. This is so out of character for my Dad.

Today, while other family members were nervous to venture into his room, the Lord gave me courage to go in...stand by his bed...kiss him and tell him of my love. After the Lord gave me the strength to take this step, both my sisters and my Mom were able to go into Dad's room and see him resting peacefully.

Physically Dad is still struggling with complications and concerns after the surgery completed on Tuesday. Today discussion was swirling that he will need another operation.

Dad is in need of sleep and rest. He basically hasn't eaten since Tuesday and is not on intravenous. The nurses tell us that they are keeping him hydrated.

I think the hardest thing today was going into Dad's room and loving on him the best I could and for the first time in my life not feeling his strong arms embrace me and hold me tight.

Tonight I'm falling into my Father's arms.

Thank you all for your e-mails, comments and phone calls. Your prayers are sustaining all of us at this time. I'm sorry I am not able to visit each of you personally, but exhaustion steals my thoughts and family needs consume my time. Please continue to pray.

14 comments:

Beth E. said...

I am continuing to pray, knowing that the Heavenly Father is holding YOUR father in the palm of His hand.

Praying for a restful night of sleep for you, your dad, and the rest of your family. I'm also praying that the effects of the morphine will leave your dad's body, and he will be more like himself.

Blessings...
Beth E.

Marilyn in Mississippi said...

Dear sweet poor tired Joy! I am just so sad that things are not much better yet. I was so hoping to get here and read that all was well. I have had you and your family on my mind so often since this happened. I pray God will touch your Dad with a special healing touch tonight and cleanse all those toxic meds out of his system! And I pray He will give you a blessed and sweet peaceful sleep tonight.

Thanks for letting us hear how things are. I know you can't write each of us and we don't want you to waste your energy by trying to! Rest!

God bless you my Friend!

Marilyn

Judy Dearing said...

Precious Joy - I like so many of your sisters in Christ continue to keep your father, you, and your family in my thoughts and prayers. Thank you for the update.

Tracy said...

Hi Joy,
I haven't been by for a few days, so I just read your last few posts and learned about your Daddy. What love you have for him and how hard this must have been for you to see! Know that I immediately stopped and lifted a prayer on his behalf...that the effects of the morphine will diminish and that he (and the rest of you) will get some much-needed rest.

Blessings,
Tracy

Yolanda said...

I am praying sweet Sister...allow us to be your Aaron and Hur's.

Lovingly,
Yolanda

Sheryl said...

Oh my sister, I am praying, praying, praying.

Father, please give his rest today. Help the doctors what is best for him. Help the family rest in YOUR arms and know that YOU are totally in control.

Blessins

elaine @ peace for the journey said...

Thanks for the update, friend.

peace~elaine

alittleilife said...

Still praying for you, Joy...

Julie said...

Though details are different, I understand....

I will pray for you, my friend...

Much love,
Julie

Catherine said...

Praying for your Dad and your family many times each day Joybells. So sorry you're having to see the medications do this to a man who is so gentle and kind. Praying that he does not remember the anger and hurt that the medications are causing. It's not your dad, it's the meds in him.

So thankful that God gave you and the rest of your family His courage to go in and love on your dad. To be there physically when it's so hard to see him as he is.

Love you friend. Praying for you. Here for you always.

Cathy xoxo

Sita said...

I hurt with you..
Upholding you in prayer,
Sita

hkudla said...

Oh my friend,
I love you and am praying for you!
I pray that you would get a good night's rest and that you and your family can rest in His arms.
God bless you,
Heather

Amy L Brooke said...

I am continuing to pray for you and your family. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

Nicole said...

I will pray for you and your family. Just want you to know that I believe your heart is real. You are seeking truth at all costs! I admire that, and hope that I am doing the same. I do believe I am, but I know that my heart can be deceptive. Reveal to me my heart, Lord Jesus.

Love,
Nicole