Tuesday, August 12, 2008
Today mom is 80. 80 in 08 of 08. Pretty cool that.
Today is also mom and dad's 56th anniversary. Dad fixed a t-bone steak, some of Keri's potatoes, and asparagus for mom, that's what she asked for. She ate a few bites of everything.
While she was eating Keri's potatoes she said, "Keri has become quite a lady and I'm so proud of her." HIGH praise from a member of the generation who believed to praise kids was to spoil them.
That's the good news of the day.
Here's the hard news: After dinner, we transferred mom to a hospital bed. She will not be getting up and down out of it anymore. This move broke my dad's heart. He said these (the bed and the catheter) were not the gifts he wished to give her on this day. A very difficult bend in the road for both of them.
However, moving her in and out of bed/wheelchair/chair has become very painful and is taking too much toll on dad. He would never admit that - - - but I'll admit it for him. So, we are hopeful this change will help mom be comfortable.
Thank you all for your words of prayer, empathy, support, and encouragement. They mean a lot to us.
Posted by Keetha Broyles at 8:26 PM
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I am continually in prayer for your mother, your father, and of course everyone in your family. I know these last moments are hard, but the example your father is setting in his unfailing love for your mother is touching and so beautiful. Thank you for sharing this journey, and it is my greatest prayer that your mother will soon reside in our eternal home - well, happy, and waiting for the rest of you.
I have you and your family on my mind and in my prayers. Wish I could ship some of the empathy up to you! ;) Just know there are those of us that know how difficult this time is for you and are keeping you and yours close to our hearts.
Thank you for these supportive words.
Originally I did not plan to share these updates - - - - I didn't want to drag all of you through this with us.
But then when I just couldn't keep the "I'm pretty alive for a dead woman" story to myself, I thought it is only fair if I keep you updated rather regularly since now you all care so much.
Not really any change today since we got the bed yesterday. If anything she is sleeping more and is quite comfortable - - - which the comfort part was our goal in getting the bed.
Both of your parents are incredible! I so admire your daddy for taking care of your mama the way he has. When my husband's father was dying, I remember how very hard each day was, seeing the one you love so go slowly away. My FIL ate breakfast (a little) the day he died. I'm praying your mama slips quietly into the arms of Jesus!
Still thinking of you and your parents, Keetha. Praying for God's sovereign will and timing.
This made me cry. For lots of reasons. It really means a lot that she said that. I needed to hear (read) it today.
I knew you'd want to know it - - - that's why I put it in here.
Thank you for these updates! Continuing to pray...
You are inour prayers - May God bless during these difficult days.
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