Blog Update

A brief post to apologise for being so negligent with regards the blog and to once more implore your prayers. Dad was rushed into hospital via ambulance late on Saturday evening. Mum and I left him at about 3am and he was having a really rough time. He has been very unwell since leaving hospital last time and he is largely dependant on oxygen for most of his days and nights but even this hasn’t been sorted out properly yet. Last week he saw his specialist who said he MUST be on oxygen for at least 15 hous a day…but the people who deal with the oxygen say Dad has to wait another month till his next oxygen appointment and then it will be sorted. As you can imagine, in the meantime Dad suffers terribly. He is being incredibly brave (as is Mum).

He is on lots of medication and has some oxygen at home, but not the quantities he needs, and of course, those damned chest infections keep slamming his body just about every soon as his antibiotics and steroids finish he needs to go back on them.

In fact some of the tests Dad has had prove that there is only one antibiotic that now works on him and he has had a years worth of other antibiotics that have done naff all, interpersed from time to time with the one antibiotic that does actually work (though the docs who prescribed it didn’t know at the time).

As regular readers will be aware, Dad has asbestosis plaque on his lung(s), he has only 40% of his lungs working at any time and now he has blood clots (old and new) in his lungs, he suffers form C.O.P.D chronic bonchitis (the type that never goes)/emphysema. In addition to this they have now discovered that the right side of his heart is weak as it has been trying to do the job of supporting his inefficient lungs for so long and some of the blood clots are right next to right side of his heart which adds further complications.

We will be visiting Dad later on today. Since Saturday evening we had been visiting him in the A & E department as there are no beds available on the chest ward at the hospital where Dad needs to be assesed, so once again, he is being shuffled around from one ward to another while he awaits being placed on the very ward where the medics actually specialise in his health problems!

It is very frustrating.

Anyway, just wanted to let you all know how things are with Dad as so many of you have expressed concern whether here on the blog, via email or elsewhere on the internet.

Thanks so much for that.

In other news, Wondergirl is doing really well with her commute to and from Uni, clocking well over 400 miles a week of driving, bless her. She has made new friends and is embracing uni life in so far as she can when she lives so distant from it.

In still other news Blunderboy and i have not managed to work out our differences. Haven’t seen him now for months and don’t know when i will again. However, i have written to him a couple of times just to let him know i love him and miss him and of course, to say that he is always welcome to visit or to come for tea. He has chosen not to respond and instead has sought to effectively cease contact.

In better news he did actually phone my mum last week to see if he could visit. (whether it was because i wrote in my last letter that i was surprised he had not contacted his grandparents, or whether he would have done anyway i don’t know). He did visit my parents for a couple of hours last week. I wasn’t there. The main thing is that i know he is well and that he is alright and as long as i know that, then i try not to be overly anxious about the situation between us. (Easier said than done).

Rightio, think that’s about everything i have to say at this time…apart from that i am a bit torn about the blog….a couple of times i have thought about deleting it but i have resisted the temptation. I suppose i feel that i ought to blog more regularly, but then if i am not having a good day or family need me etc, i don’t feel like blogging. Sometimes i think there is something i would like to post about, but then it slips my mind or life takes over….as it is does…but i do think i shall blog again more frequently, when life settles down.

How can i put this…i just don’t feel that i can ‘do deep’. I don’t want to blog frippery, but i just do not have the mental headspace for ‘deep’ posts of any sort. I may however, get back into blogging about my more creative side and what i’m getting up to when i do have the energy or time to let fly creatively. Maybe that might be of interest to some who pass this way? What say you?

Please know that i remember you all at Mass and think about you often and I am very thankful for your kind words, encouragement and your support for me and mine.

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16 Responses to Blog Update

  1. Rita says:

    Please do not delete this blog!

    You are doing “deep” because you are a strong and powerful witness to the Faith, and I for one click onto this blog every day to pray for you and your family.

    I’m finding my husband’s COPD/emphysema as scary as hell at the moment, I have some inkling of what you are going through.

    Assure your Mum and Dad or our prayers,

    God Bless

  2. Valerie says:

    Oh Deb- I know all about the temptation about deleting the blog – I went through that several times when things were so overwhelming for me. Now I am glad I didn’t – and even though I am not posting regularly as I want to, I know I will get back to it eventually, and I do want to keep a record of my thoughts over the past several years what with all that has happened. I can’t do “deep”, either, but right now, who cares? I don’t mind if you don’t do “deep”, but I do want to know that I will always have some sort of connection with you via the blososphere – you’ve become a wonderful part of my life, even though we don’t communicate as often as we’d like. I’m so sorry about your dad and your son. You must believe me when I say – your son WILL come back around. I know this because I am living proof of this. Take care, and as always, you are in my prayers. Love, Val

  3. Mary Lou says:

    Oh, how glad I was to see your post! I have been so worried about your dear dad and mom, and you as well. And I am so sorry to know that your dad has not recuperated like we all had hoped. We will all continue to hold him along with you and your family in our thoughts and prayers. God bless you and yours!

  4. Adrienne says:

    Prayers for your Dad…

    Post when you fell like it and don’t worry about the rest…

  5. Adrienne says:

    Uhhhh – “when you feel like it 😉

  6. John says:

    Deb, whatever you decide to do about your blog just know that blog or no blog you have made many friends who feel close to you – you and all your family are cared about and prayed for constantly!

    +JMJ+ John

  7. Angela M. says:

    I hope you leave the blog up – lots of good stuff here. Just post when you can or want to – any regular reader will understand what you’ve been going through. And last, but not least, prayes ascend for your Dad!

  8. Mimi says:

    Prayers my dear, and huge hugs.

  9. Cathy says:

    Praying for all of you!!!!

  10. Angela M. says:

    Thanks for fixing my comment Deb.

  11. Suzanne says:

    Dear Deb,
    As many have said, blog or no blog, we’ve made some sincere good times and friends while “journal writing” too, I think we could say, about many things. We are all fond of writing, or we would not be here..maybe it is a bit of a gift for some of us and we needed it, wanted it, and maybe even God wanted us to use it. I find that life has pulled several of us in different directions with some ups and yes, downs, lately..for me, that means I must take a look within to see where God maybe wants me to be. Lately, I think He’s say He wants more “action” from me..or let’s say, He’d like that and that although its been nice and good to do this, in some ways..and I’ve said it before, I’ve put it before Him, others, and its gone over moderation many times. Having said that..not everyone who is on the blogs or FB or even email, has done that yet, but I have and I know it and I don’t sense that for me, its a good thing as much today as then. So, as you’ve noticed, I don’t blog much but I do think I FB too much and play bit too many of the Pathwords! Ha! Well, my mom..mum was really into the crosswords..I saw that..did I somehow pick up on it too much? Yeah, probably! Ha!
    Well, not trying to make light of anyone’s situation, but just want you to know, that I too may not be around much, but I’ll always pray for folks and that includes you all. As I’ve said, your family has been an inspiration of hope to me for all peoples, what with your mum and dad’s conversion and all. I needed to see that and I now need to act on it..we convert everyday to God in some way..hopefully! Do what you truly feel and believe God is calling and touching your spirit to do everyday after your prayers…and that is what I too, will try to do. We can’t really lose Him that way and we let Him be our Guide..He’ll take care of everything. May the peace of Jesus and Mary in Heaven be with us all.

  12. Owen says:

    What John said is essentially what I was going to say. There’s also e-mail, any time, any time at all. Brotherly love in Christ from the land of “Only in Canader eh?”

  13. Prayers for all in your family! And I’d also like to echo what John said. Peace and all good.

  14. Esther says:

    Praying for your dear dad, Deb.

  15. Therese says:

    so sorry to read about your dad Deb. Also hope you leave your blog up even if you don’t update it often. Will be praying for you and your family, especially your day.

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