Dad needs your prayers again....

Monday, July 13, 2009

My Dad was taken from the Rehab Hospital back to the regular hospital yesterday, he had another heart attack, and is in ICU again.

This past Saturday my oldest Son Kris drove down to Southern NM to see my Dad at the Rehab facility. He was able to talk to Dad's doctor and found out several things that the nurses nor the doctor have even told us. Dad had an MRI earlier last week and the results were that he had a stroke at the same time as the major heart attack two weeks ago. The MRI showed that he had also had several smaller strokes and a few bigger strokes in the past. He is unable to walk at all, he has as kidney and lung infection. He also has water in his lungs so is not able to have ice or even regular water to drink, as the Dr is not sure why he has the water on the lungs unless the stroke caused his swallow reflex to stop working.

He has had over 10+ back surgeries in the past and is in constant pain so therefore he is heavily medicated just to make it through life, probably the reason the strokes were not noticed before now.

Dad has to be lifted by two nurses to a chair to then go the the bathroom. My mother recently got out of the hospital, can hardly walk and there is just NO WAY that he can come home as she cannot take care of him. Dad has memory loss, talks randomly and starts to say something about one topic then says something entirely different, and he is severely depressed.

DH and I are planning on driving down to southern NM this coming Friday and visiting him, we will only have three days and it is between 11-12 hours each way, of course we had planned to go down before we found out that he had another heart attack, now I am just praying that he is still alive. The last I heard he was possibly being taken to surgery, and have not had an update yet.

I just want the Lord's will be done in all of this, I do not want him to suffer, he really wants to go home and at this point I do not ever see that happening. My mother has a bad heart had a pacemaker inserted just this past year, she can't walk very good need to have two knee replacements, a shoulder replacement and the Doctors don't think that her lungs or heart would make it through any surgery at all. On top of all of this I have a sister who is 52 years old, severely retarded and cannot walk at all that my parents have taken care of since she was born, I can't Rose color the situation in any way. I am the only other living child so all of this is falling on my shoulders and right now I am coping but when I really think of all of the possibilities I wonder how.

If you are reading this blog be sure to keep my Dad in your prayers. Thanks to all of my Spark Friends who have supported me through all of this and also prayed. LOL ~ Janel :)
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    Can say nothing. I just pray. Be strong, It is so sad and difficult time.
    4352 days ago
    jelllibean hunny i am right here for you of course i will keep all of you in my prayers. i makes me so angry when you find things out after the fact. not that you could have done anything, but just knowing at the time not later on. my heart is yours you know i've been there, not fun. you are coping b/c God only gives you what you can handle. and you are very strong. we are all here for you. emoticon
    4353 days ago
  • MACMOM57
    Wow Janel I said a prayer right here and now. May Gods blessings be with you through all this. I know how hard it is to go through this. I'm thinking about you. Nancy
    4355 days ago
    Janel, please know that you and your family are in our thoughts and prayers.
    4356 days ago
    Thinking about you Janel and sending prayers to your entire family.
    4356 days ago
  • PEG1422
    Janel -- I am so sorry for all that is going on in your family. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your dad. I know it might not seem like it, but God is with you. We are all here when you need us. Peg emoticon
    4356 days ago
  • ANGIEB1231
    I haven't stopped praying for him and for YOU. I know how much stress this is putting on you, but the other posts are right, God will not give you more than you can handle, even if you don't believe you can handle it. With HIM, you can handle anything. I pray for peace and comfort to surround your father right now, that he is not suffering and that the Lord's presense just settles over him and removes that depression. I pray that whatever God's will is in this situation, that you arrive at just the right moment that you need to be there. I pray for YOU, for strength and courage, that the Lord will just hold you in his Hand. And I pray for your mother and sister, for a sense of peace and understanding something that is so hard for us to understand. We are here for you and will be here for you through all of this.
    4356 days ago
    Janel, they say God doesn't give anyone more than they can handle. He sure has alot of faith in you. And I know you have alot in Him. Don't give up, your and your family is in aot of peoples prayers right now. Know God has his plans that we are not suspose to question no matter how tough it gets. Best of luck to you and your family. You'll be on my prayer list.
    4356 days ago
  • KTPEE1644
    Jane i just took a few moments to read this touching note by you and i couldn't help but cry a little. I had an aunt who had a bad heart for years and was in and out of the hospital all the time, so i have a little bit of an understanding of what your going through. I know it is very hard what you are going through but the support of family and friends are what helped me get through it all. My aunt passed away a few years ago and it was the hardest thing i have had to go through. I just want you to know that i am praying for all of you. I know you are a strong person. Please keep your head up and know that god is watching over you. If you ever need to talk or vent please email me i am a great listener. Take care and remember we are all praying for you.
    4356 days ago
  • JEWELS571
    I pray that God will send his Angels to wrap thier wings aroud each of you, giving your courage and strength to come through these tough times. I pray that He will bring you peace and serenity to comfort you and to trust in His Love and above all in His plan for each of us. All things are possible through our loving Father.
    4356 days ago

    Comment edited on: 7/13/2009 4:39:56 PM
  • ANG14FAN
    Oh Janel, I am so sorry to hear all that you are going through. I pray for your family everday and will continue. I know that you are strong and you will get through this tough time. Hang in there!
    4356 days ago
  • RAIN454
    Hi, Janel
    You don't know me but I just read this and was really touched. I'm at work but I did take a few moments to say a little prayer for your family. With God, all things are possible!
    Good luck and stay strong. You will get through this!
    4356 days ago
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