Update and Photos

As implied by my last post, we arrived home Sunday night from Pensacola.  Jeanne needed to head out pretty quickly – it was pretty late – so she tried to catch me up on Mama before she left.  I will admit, my Mama looked terrible.  I was only semi-prepared for that.  Part of me was hoping that Jeanne was over-reacting, but as I looked at my feeble Mama laying there scarcely able to utter even a whisper, I realized she was not. 

Jeanne and I decided we needed to take Mama to see her doctor Monday morning, at the least to have her leg examined, but ultimately we felt that if he saw how quickly she is going down, he might be able to ask for aid for us.  I don’t remember if I mentioned Mama’s leg injury from her fall on Thanksgiving night.  Mama’s skin is so thin and fragile that when she fell Thanksgiving night she tore the hide off her shin.  It is a pretty large wound and Jeanne and I both knew we’d feel better if a doctor took a look at it.

Mama’s doctor didn’t have any openings, but his PA, Tracy, was available.  We love Tracy!  She’s seen Daddy a number of times, and each time I take one of the folks to see her, I feel as though I’ve had a therapy session myself!  This is not to take away at all from our adoration of Dr. S.  We simply feel as though Tracy is a great complement to him. 

Tracy spent about 30 or 45 minutes with us on Monday.  By the end of the appointment, she had redressed Mama’s wound, held a counseling session with me and Jeanne, and made a referral for hospice to evaluate Mama.  The hospice administrator called shortly after we got home from the doctor’s office, and we have an appointment for evaluation tomorrow (Wednesday)! 

In the meantime, care for Mama has intensified.  I have taken off work awhile because Mama can no longer walk or stand.  She is so weak that she can really do nothing on her own.  She is barely able to sit up, and her right side is much weaker than her left.  She leans to the right, her right arm just hangs most of the time, and her right leg drags badly.  It doesn’t seem to be affecting her face at all, just her limbs. 

Her weakened condition means that Jeanne and I must be her strength now.  She has a wheelchair, which is such a blessing.  The difficult part is that we must lift her from chair to wheelchair; from wheelchair to potty chair; from potty chair to bed; and so on.  Mama is not able to help at all!  She doesn’t even have enough strength in her legs to stand.  We literally have to lift her, hold her, sit her down, everything!  There are times she must be fed, although she is scarcely eating anything at all.  She now must have help when she gets up to use the bathroom at night, which means she is not getting much sleep, nor am I!  That’s the main reason I am taking off work right now – I am doggone tired!!  Jeanne is trying to catch up on her rest after her holiday shift while I was out of town, but it takes time.  If work stays slow, I can do night duty, Jeanne can come during the day and I can sleep some.  Sounds like a plan!

I know this all sounds hopeless, even morbid.  I’ll admit the circumstances are difficult and even scary!  Admidst all the sad and frightening things going on around here, though, the Lord is showing Himself strong.  I’ve been praying with Mama every night as I tuck her into bed, and not only does this calm and soothe Mama, but it encourages and strengthens my faith!  I hear His voice speaking peace to me, and I am finding myself trusting the Lord’s way for us – not without a struggle, I admit, but His peace fills my heart each night, and I can face another day!

There are also times I see a glimmer of my precious Mama peeking out of those chocolate brown eyes, and it is a joy!  She might try to talk some, and while her voice is little more than a whisper, it is still sweet to hear.

Today I took Daddy to a funeral.  His cousin passed away over the weekend.  She was 103 years old!  I guess longevity is in the genes!  Daddy enjoyed seeing some family.  There were only a few people there, but two of Daddy’s beloved cousins were amongst those few.  It seems to me that Daddy feels lonely for family his own age, so I was glad he was able to have this visit.

I should be sleeping since Mama is sleeping, so I’d better close this down.  I want to show you a few more photos from our florida visit, though.

Bill's in Florida 1
Bill spent some time alone with his camera and was able to get up close and personal with this heron!

Bill's in Florida 2
Will went out with him one day, too!

Bill's in Florida 3
My hubby loves his sunrise/sunset photo ops!

Sunday in Pensacola 2
My girls had to have a pic in their beautiful coats!

Sunday in Pensacola 3
The coats aren’t the only things that are beautiful!

Sunday in Pensacola 4
Bill and I on Sunday morning outside of Pam and Will’s church

Sunday in Pensacola 5
Too long a story to tell, but oh, we got so tickled!

Sunday in Pensacola 6 
It’s us!  Now to figure out how to blend our Glen Rose pics of us and Bo and Em with this one of us with Pam and Will!

Sunday in Pensacola 7
My Florida kids!  We sure had a wonderful visit, and they are sweet, gracious hosts!

I can’t hold my head up any longer, so it’s off to bed I go! 

God bless your day!



About Petty Bunch

The Petty Bunch is what we have called our family since Bill and I (Janina) began our family back in the early 1980s. We have gone down many roads together - homeschooling our kiddoes, enjoying the freedom of entrepreneurship many years, working at "real jobs" other years. Through it all, we have been loved with God's everlasting love, and have found that underneath are His everlasting arms! We are blessed to have been married for over 36 years, and have 3 incredible adult children, a wonderful daughter-in-law, an amazing son-in-law, and SEVEN grandchildren: four precious granddaughters, three handsome grandsons - so far. We are empty nesters, still enjoy the life of an entrepreneur and the freedom it gives us to continue enjoying our kids and now, their kids!
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4 Responses to Update and Photos

  1. redladybug18 says:

    beautiful pictures of y’all!  Maybe God give you grace and strength for today!  I can’t imagine how hard your job is!

  2. Ah, girlie.  I’m so glad that you had the time with your kids.  I know it was hard to come back to everything being in such turmoil and backward from what you had hoped, but I can see in your face and in the faces of your kids that it was still worth every minute.  Such nice pictures, Honey Chile.  Thanks for sharing them.  I’m thinking of you!

  3. Bettyeboop says:

    I hated reading how much Chloe has declined in the past two weeks.  Bless your and Gen’s hearts.  This has to be so hard, both physically and emotionally.  I anxiously await hearing what was said at your meeting today.  I loved the photos, especially the one of the five of you in your famous co-ordinated color.  Beautiful picture of all of you.  I love you, Sis.

  4. Mottsngbury says:

    Nina….prayers for all of you from me.  I know how hard this is on you & Jeanne……but what a blessing you are to your Mama & our Daddy…….  I love you all so much.  After the sadness of your post the pictures were a joy. I see the love on all your faces……..Love you!! Motts

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