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HEAVEN IS FOR REAL

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Yesterday, I took the book HEAVEN IS FOR REAL by Pastor Todd Burpo, to the nursing home and spent several hours reading the story to MIL and her roommate who is 100 years old! The book is a true story about a 4 year old boy who had a ruptured appendix and undiagnosed for 5 days. Transported to a new hospital and while in surgery, he actually died on the operating table and went to heaven. When asked about being in the hospital afterward, he told his parents that was where "the angels sang to me".
As I sat reading I kept glancing up at these two elderly ladies who were paying rapt attention to the story. They can't wait for me to come back again today and read some more!
I've read it before but it is more meaningful to me now that I am sharing. Yesterday while I was with MIL, our Pastor came in and I encouraged her to talk with him about the angels that she sees. She told him some astounding things and I was glad she could talk. What bothers me most is that she said she doesn't think she will go to heaven as she hasnt' been good enough. And her roommate has said similar things. Is this their generation talking? Not good enough to go to heaven? Our Pastor told her that all she had to do was believe and be forgiven for her sins and she would go. I joked with her that she would probably be one of his next sermons.
So I am working on the faith issue with her. There are some obstacles in the way and I need to figure out how to address them with her. I have never been much of a bible reader but I do treasure my hour with God each and every Sunday and I truly miss it when we don't go. So its a new day and new things to do. And look forward to.

  
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KASEYCOFF 11/28/2012 11:59AM

    Reading to her - and her roommate - is not only good for them - it's good for you, too. Wonderful choice of books, too, to engage their attention and get them interacting.
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LKWQUILTER 11/28/2012 11:38AM

    Continually praying for all of you Carol. (((HUGS)))

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COOP9002 11/28/2012 10:36AM

    Wonderful time of ministry with those special folks. Thanks for continuing to share our message of hope.

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FOXYBABE0714 11/28/2012 9:22AM

  I love that book, it is one of my favorites. I am 28 years old and have often found myself saying the same thing to my husband, "I am not good enough to go to heaven". I think the reason why I feel this way is because when you hear about how wonderful heaven is, and you think back to all the things that you have regret doing or not doing in your life, you wonder how you could belong in such a wonderful place. I also think about the people I have known who have passed away, and when I think about the great things they did during their lifetime, I wonder if I died tomorrow, would I have done what God sent me to do? My husband always tells me not to be so hard on myself and that I have done great things too, we can't speak for God, and we must let him decide, but until our dying day, we must always be good and love one another (very wise he is!!).

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LJCANNON 11/28/2012 9:17AM

    emoticon As you share with your MIL your own Faith will grow. I do think many in their generation believed that they had to be "Good Enough" to get to Heaven. Maybe comparing God's Love for her to Her Love for her Children would help? Did her kids have to be "Good Enough" for her to Love Them? I am thinking NOT!
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SANDYCRANE 11/28/2012 9:15AM

    Thank you for all the wonderful work you are doing at the nursing home. My mother was in a nursing home about 15 years ago with Alzheimer's. Anyway when I went to visit I was amazed at all the people that volunteered or that worked there. They all seemed like angels to me. After my mom died my sister got a job as an activity director at a nursing home, she did a lot of amazing things with the residents. My sister quilts also, I was admiring your work on your spark page. I am not much of a religious person but I would suggest that your pastor speaks to these ladies personally and pray with them to be forgiven of their sins. Keep up the good work and have a happy day.

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THE ROLLER COASTER WITH MIL

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

I didn't expect it to happen so fast, her going downhill. We had one month with her living at home and actually enjoyed every minute. Even bathtime, then for the past month, she has been in the hospital twice and the nursing home the rest of the time. Her lungs keep filling up with fluid and her left leg and ankle swell. She retains fluid as her heart can not pump it out. We know it is a matter of time but how long, only God knows. She is increasingly more and more depressed and wants to come home. Everyday when we leave she asks if she is going home with us. We would love to bring her home but don't know how we could care for her. She requires breathing treatments with a steroid during the day. She is on continual oxygen. She can't stand and walk but for a few steps. And she is a big woman so not easy to lift. We would have to be with her constantly and my husband and I both still work and need to work as we are helping both our sons financially right now.
My youngest son lost his job about 6 weeks ago and is planning to return to college in January to pursue a degree where he can teach social studies and political science. He barely made it through university with a degree in English but it isn't good enough to teach. His wife makes good money where she works but you know it is not enough. My other son and his wife and both severely underemployed and we are paying their mortgage and other things to help out. And Christmas is coming as well. Obamacare has kicked in and both are at 30 hours per week at a paltry wage and not enough to get by on.
We pray earnestly for a change in circumstance for all of them.
Yesterday I went for a massage after leaving my MIL and I went to the bathroom and just sat and cried. It is so hard to know what to do and we are trying to think of things to keep her occupied. Today I am going to take an angel picture that she had hanging over her bed and hand it over her TV in her room instead of the non descript landscape that is currently there. I also have the book HEAVEN IS REAL about the 5 year old who was very sick, actually went to heaven and remembered it all. I am going to take it and read it to her. I hope she would like that. Thankfully, my husband and I are not wealthy but we do have resources to be able to help and my business continues on. Clients still call.
Funny thing, when there is a recession or bad economy, people turn to fixing up their own homes rather than building new ones. So the Lord is taking care of us in that way.
So that is where we are, just hanging on to each day and making the best of it.

  
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R-U-JELLEN 11/28/2012 9:28AM

    Praying for you and your family. It is so difficult when you seem to be hit from all sides--health, finances, family issues, I can empathise. Our family has been through similar situations (and all at the same time). Remember to take care of yourself.
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LKWQUILTER 11/27/2012 2:59PM

    Carol, I won't lie and say it will get better cause it probably won't. We went through that last year with daddy until he finally just gave up. Prayers going up for all of you. Just take one day at a time and try to take care of yourself. You know she would not want ya'll to get sick/down during this time if she really knew what was going on. ((((HUGS))))

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EBURGITE 11/27/2012 12:20PM

    so many people i know are going thru really challenging times, financially, physically and emotionally. all we can do is cling to God, encourage one another, and keep on....we gotta get up ONE MORE time than we fall down.
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FIFIFRIZZLE 11/27/2012 12:18PM

    What a hard time you are having.
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RUNNING-TURTLE 11/27/2012 8:35AM

    Aww, your story just broke my heart. It is so hard to take care of a loved one. I'm in a similar circumstance, but not as far down the road yet with my own father. He's almost always in and out of the hospital for something, and I always wonder if he is coming out or not. We all need to stay strong. God only gives us what we can handle. Just sometimes wish it was a lighter load. Wishing you luck, and lots of prayers.

Keep your head up high.

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MIL in hospital

Monday, November 19, 2012

Yesterday we had a call from the home at noon that the doctor advised them to send MIL to the emergency room. We went and got her and took her over, its just across the street and they admitted her. Within hours she had eliminatd more than 1000 ccs of fluid from her body. I think she was drowning in it, you could hear her wheezing from across the room. We think it is only a matter of time. She will have recovered from this episode but there will be another. It was only 3 weeks ago yesterday that we were in the same situation at the hospital. Another day.

4:00 p.m. Just left her at the hospital, not good. Can't be much longer.

  
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LKWQUILTER 11/22/2012 5:03PM

    Praying for all of you Carol and so know what you are going through. Just take one day at a time. (((HUGS)))

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JINLYNN 11/21/2012 2:06AM

    My heart goes out to you. It is not easy to care for an elderly relative. One part of you wants to keep them around as long as possible, and the other part wants their suffering to be over and for them to go home to be with the Lord.
You will be in my thoughts and prayers.
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MAHGRET 11/19/2012 2:30PM

    We went through similar issues with my mom, it is so hard to control.

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FIFIFRIZZLE 11/19/2012 11:45AM

    Thank goodness, your MIL did seem so very poorly. With the edema under control she will feel so much more comfortable.


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    This must be a stressful time for you; my prayers and thoughts are with you and your family.

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MIL update, Sunday, Nov 18

Sunday, November 18, 2012

WE went to visit after church and her left leg is about 3 times normal size and she was wheezing even though she had just finished a breathing treatment. She cannot stand up as it pains her too much. She keeps saying she will be glad when she can come home and take care of herself again. But a miracle would have to happen and soon. We look at her and just think it can't be long for her in this world. If she can't be any better than this, she couldn't possible recover. We have been praying for her to go in her sleep when it is time. Just go to sleep.

  
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ANOTHER UPDATE ON MOTHER-IN-LAW

Saturday, November 17, 2012

After a good week, she has suddenly taken a downturn again. She is wheezing and they give her breathing treatmtents and her ankles and legs are very swollen with edema. We are concerned. Also, she cannot stand up or walk. I took our dachshund over to see her today and he loves her. However, he would not go to her at all. He went to her roommate and hugged and kissed her all over but would not go to my MIL. That is strange. Maybe he knows something we don't. Its tough not knowing what to do. Her mind is clear and she knows she doesn't feel well. If we brought her home, how would I lift her?

  
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KASEYCOFF 11/18/2012 2:23AM

    I know it's not much consolation, but at least she's where they can care for her, better than you would be able to on your own. You're all in my T&P...
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SAFETYSUE 11/17/2012 6:53PM

    I am sorry she took a turn for the worst and pray she will find the strength to fight. Some days I am sure are better than others, maybe they over did her physical therapy and she is exhausted. I had days like that when I was in rehab after my fall from a fire engine that left me paralyzed. COPD is so difficult with the lack of oxygen to find the strength to do anything. I had a dear friend with this and Narcolepsy and he fought for his freedom for so long, many years. Once he lost that he gave up and stopped trying to get better! I will continue to keep her in my prayers, may she find the strength to fight for her independence and this slip backwards be temporary! I admire you for your strength and goodness taking her in and caring for her.
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