Saturday, October 25, 2008

It's been a hard week--Life has so many ups and downs

I haven't blogged about it for quite a while but if you remember back in the spring I talked about my Dad's battle with leukemia and his chemotherapy. Well, the whole summer and fall he has been in and out of the hospital with many infections and complications. He has grown extremely weak and this week the Doctor's met with us to say that there was nothing more we could do and that he would not be getting any better. It is extremely hard news to hear but we really all knew that it was coming. His desire now is to be at home so we plan to take him home this week and do hospice care.
I feel extremely blessed that we were able to have the 50th Wedding Anniversary Party for him and my Mom this August. Right at that time he was feeling the best he had in a while and he was able to enjoy the day and visit with all the people that came. My sister made an awesome video of my parent's lives together that started when they were babies. It was so fun to go through all the old pictures and basically remember our whole lives with Mom and Dad and then share it with everyone at the party. We had seen him sick for so long that it was so nice to see him how he used to be and doing all the things he used to do--really remembering the man he really was.
We also had our family picture taken that weekend and it turned out so great--it is such a blessing that we all have that now and it means more than anything.
I will be taking some time off to be with my Dad and help my Mom take care of him.
I will be thinking of all you friends with new children or still waiting and will be anxious to check back up on you when I can.

13 comments:

Kelly and Sne said...

I am so sorry to hear about this turn for the worst. At least he'll be able to come home and be with his family. All the best.

Allison said...

Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family!

~Allison

Aaron & Julie said...

Mary,

Please know that my thoughts & prayers are with you, your dad & your mom. My heart goes out to you right now.

Hugs,
Julie

JaneMM said...

Mary,

My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
Jane

Katie said...

You and your family are in my prayers, I am glad you are able to take time to spend with your father and family- enjoy each other and your time together!

Karen said...

Oh Mary, I'm so sorry. What a roller coaster ride this year has been for you. Know that you're in my thoughts and prayers.

Karen

lisa said...

Please let me know how you are doing. I have you and your family in my prayers.....

Miss you!

Lisa

John & Jenny Morgan said...

I'm so sorry.

Thinking of you,
Jenny

qmiller said...

Mary: Wishing you and yours a time of peace and healing as a family. Thinking of you--
Quaintance

Alysa said...

I'm so sorry, Mary. It is so incredibly hard to go through these things. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Take care of yourself too.

Lori said...

Mary,
I have read your post several times and always want to comment but have not been able to find the right words. I have walked the path you are on and understand the myriad of thoughts and emotions you are going through. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.

Lori

Harmondk2 said...

..Mary..thank you for your kind words on our site... Knowing that our adoption family is supporting us to over come our pain truly helps us.....

This is also why I'm here...to support you during difficult times. Your family will remain our prayers.

Thinking of you - Kari and Danny

Karen said...

Just wanted to let you know that I was thinking about you and see how you were doing.