Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Got that nap...and other things

Well, I got my nap today! I had a medical procedure (yes a dreaded one) and I said the only thing I want is to be really asleep. Do what you will, but only if i don't know about it and am happily asleep! They got the message! I had a wonderful, deep sleep there and came home with strict orders to rest...gotta love that too, a day of rest with a note from the doctor. And a good report.
This sweet birthday boy is my fatherinlaw on his 80th birthday. He was diagnosed on his birthday with lung cancer.
My own daddy died 6 months after Russell and I were married and papa has been both a father and a great friend. We have traveled many places with both inlaws and had the best of times. He 's funny and has his own definite sense of humor. He has been through radiation and chemo this year and was blessed to have very few side effects and has had a pretty good year. Just in the past month or so, he's been on oxygen to help with his breathing, but you just wouldn't know he was so sick! Today the doctor told him that his cancer was growing and that if there was something he wanted to do, to do it now. Papa told him that we planned to go to North Carolina for Thanksgiving and he suggested we go now...now. So, we are frantically changing schedules around and trying to get ready and leave Friday morning. We'll stay a few days and just see how he does.
So many of you are such prayer warriors that I ask you to add papa to your prayer lists. God has been so merciful through this journey and has walked with us all the way. The day we got the diagnosis, I told him that only one person knew how long he would live and it was not the doctors. I still feel the same way. I think his days are written and only our heavenly Father knows the time he will leave us to go to heaven. We want to make whatever time he has here on earth with us to be like they have been in the past, fun! So pray we have a good trip. Russell's sister is going to try to meet us there, so we will be traveling in two directions. We ask for traveling mercies.
I just want to share this small example of his humor (and of course I hope you "get" it). I called one day to talk to my MIL and papa said "She's playing bridge, she spends about half her life playing"...he hesitated and then said this..."Now if I want her to know I said that, I'll tell her!"


Ang baylis said...

First of all, I am glad you got a good report on your procedure!

Now... I will pray for your Papa! I am so glad he has blessed you since your own father passed away! He must be an awesome man!

I am happy you are able to drop everything and go to North Carolina! I will definitely keep you all in my prayers... especially for everything going smoothly for you all! Cherish this time with him! You will not regret it later!

He does have a good sense of humor! I loved his comment! Haha!

Take good care and take lots of pictures!
Much love tonight!
Angie xoxo

Cheri said...

Oh a nap. I'd like one of those too!
Thank you for stopping by and visiting my blog. I love visitors. I love them even more when tehy comment!

Enjoy your time in NC - make the memories you'll treasure for the rest of your days!

Tonja said...

I'm sorry your FIL is sick, but so happy that you all are going to get away together. When my Granny (who lived in N.C., by the way) began really failing. I took my video camera and interviewed her. She answered questions about when she was young and just married, and raising her children. Then others in the family got in on it, and we all sat around asking her about her life. And I have it all on tape. Maybe you could do something like that when you are together. Or at least use a voice recorder, if you don't have access to a video camera. I knew that I would remember my Granny...but I wanted my boys to remember her, too.
Hope all goes well. I echo what angie said...make lots of pics and be sure you get a pic of everyone.
I'll be praying for you all. May God bless you with safety and good health while you are away.