Monday, November 14, 2011

Bill's Dad

My father-in-law has been in the hospital since last week Monday.  Since I last posted about him his health has rapidly declined.  He's been diagnosed with Stage IV B Lymphoma and his Oncologist has referred us to Hospice.  We met with a Hospice nurse Saturday evening and Hospice care will begin sometime this week.

We're reeling from all of this....a month ago he was still doing his own laundry and watching his favorite game show.  Six weeks ago he was still riding an exercise bike three times a day. Three months ago he still ocassionally drove his car.  Now we're being told he probably won't make it until Christmas. 

When Bill took him to the hospital on Monday we didn't think he'd never be coming back home again.  The thought is overwhelming.  He's lived with us for just about four years ~ but I can't remember our home without him.  He's certainly made our lives better and richer.  Four generations regularly under one cool is that!  I just can't quite wrap my head around the "quickness" of all of this.

Please remember "Bud" in your prayers....pray for comfort and peace and most of all...his salvation.  Pray for Bill too. He's the one who has to make all the medical decisions now because his dad isn't able to...and it's been so hard for him.  Prayers for all of us please.  Thanks so much!


Dorthe said...

Dear Marie,
I`m so sorry for all of you,-what a sudden turn-almost unbeliavable.
I send you all warm thoughts and prayers.

Anonymous said...

My thoughts and best wishes are with you and your sweet family. Blessings from the UK. luv Lesley

Anonymous said...

my thoughts and prayers for you friends that the lord give you peace and comfort in these difficult can change in a minute..take care loves soraya

CosmoGirl Carla said...

Oh Marie, what a sad time. I will definitely keep all of you in my thoughts and prayers.

Sweet Annabelle said...

Praying for your family,


Sheila said...

Thoughts and prayers going out to you and your family Marie. I pray that his final days are peaceful.

LDH said...

Dear Marie,

I am so sorry to read this news about your father-in-law. I will be praying!

Love, Lorraine

Shelley said...

I am so sorry to hear this news dear Marie...I just want you to know...Bud will be in prayer each day ...I pray God can somehow reach him before his final breath and your family will have peace in knowing that he is with the Lord....praying for all your family.
Blessings and again ..I am very sorry.

Morena Ciambra Dreamartdolls said...

Prayers for all of you! Sweet angels stand by him and guide his way. Hugs, Morena

Scrap for Joy said...

My dear friend,
As soon as I saw the title of this post I started to cry. I know I haven't been around much these last weeks, (totally overwhelmed with orders from the craft show) but I have been reading your posts and have had Bud on my prayer list since you mentioned a while ago that he was declining. (You are in my daily prayers, too...for a variety of reasons!) I know this is so hard for all of you. I hope that Bud is free from pain and that his heart will be open and accepting of the love, strength and salvation our loving God graciously gives.
Peace be in your and Bill's hearts as you help Bud on this journey.
Love you!

MosaicMagpie said...

So many times we lose a loved one without the chance to say goodbye. So many things that we would have said, had we had the chance. Even though it is so incredibly difficult the way things are, you have been given the gift of saying goodbye. I will be praying for all of you.

Julia - "Vintage with Laces" said...

Oh dear Marie, I'm so sorry to hear that. This went really fast. I'll certainly keep you all in my thoughts.
Sending you big hugs,

Ann said...

Marie, I am so sorry to hear about your father-in-law. I will keep you all in my thoughts and prayers.

Michelle Palmer said...

Hugs and love, Dear Friend~ praying for him and all of you <3

Hopemore Studio said...

Marie, I am so sad to read this, I will be praying for Bill's dad, you, and your family.