A Mixed Day

May 16, 2009 at 5:31 am Leave a comment

Our day began with Patty, the Hospice Nurse, announcing that she has to be gone for one week…and asking me to manage without any help from Hospice.  Stunned, I told her, “Dan only has a short time.  I do not want to take responsibility for his medical care.  I’d really like to have an RN come daily.”  Then I remembered that Amber, who just completed her nursing training will be here with her mother, Natasha, next Wednesday.  Amber has asked to be Dan’s nurse while here.  Hospice will send an RN through Wednesday, then Amber will take over until Patty returns.  Problem solved!  Isn’t God good.

But, only the Hospice nurse can arrange for the medicines Dan needs.  So, I had to drop everything and take inventory of his meds.  I wound up being tied up nearly all morning with the nurse…while our son and wife from North Carolina sat waiting to visit with us.  But the afternoon went much better.  Tonight, all 9 of us watched a Mayberry comedy DVD, laughed together, enjoyed being family with Dan present…for a few more days.   

Dan’s pain medication is controlling his pain better. He sleeps a lot, but supposedly his body will adjust to the meds in a few days.  Then he will be more alert.  We are taking one day at a time, and being grateful for the time we have with Dan.  We cannot really imagine that he is going, that one day soon we cannot sit and talk with him, that I won’t hear his beautiful bass voice singing beside me ever again on this earth.  We have made beautiful music together since we met in our mid-teens.  But I can imagine that he will be at peace, free of suffering in his new home in Heaven. That’s what we have been living for. 

Paul expresses our feelings, our beliefs in I Corinithians 15:55 – 57, “Where, O death, is your victory?  Where, O death is our sting?”  The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law.  But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.”  We live in Christ; we sleep; we awaken in Heaven never to die again.  That is worth living for! — Anne and Dan

 

Precious Memories - Anne and Rya, National Artist, new Christian friend in Russia

Precious Memories - Anne and Rya, National Artist, new Christian friend in Russia

 

Blessed memories - Dan led many discussion groups in Volgograd, Russia

Blessed memories - Dan led many discussion groups in Volgograd, Russia

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