Prayer Requests 5-24-18

It’s Thursday, so don’t forget to pray for Jo, her students, and the people of PNG.

Anyone else?

Psalm 105:1-7

Give praise to the Lord, proclaim his name;
    make known among the nations what he has done.
Sing to him, sing praise to him;
    tell of all his wonderful acts.
Glory in his holy name;
    let the hearts of those who seek the Lord rejoice.
Look to the Lord and his strength;
    seek his face always.

Remember the wonders he has done,
    his miracles, and the judgments he pronounced,
you his servants, the descendants of Abraham,
    his chosen ones, the children of Jacob.
He is the Lord our God;
    his judgments are in all the earth.

21 thoughts on “Prayer Requests 5-24-18

  1. Graduating from HS can be an emotional trauma if you don’t have college or some other fixed situation in your future.
    I was suddenly in the world with no future. Then Bobby Murray talked me into joining the Air Force.
    So? I know how they feel.

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  2. My sadness is growing as I get closer to saying goodbye to the one piano student I have (besides my daughter). She is a senior and will leave for college in August. I am wondering if God is bringing me to the end of teaching piano to those outside my family; for whatever reason, the few inquiries I’ve gotten about lessons in the last year have not resulted in gaining any new students.

    We need prayers here. I am sad about a lot of things, and with my husband’s hip problems, there are a lot of days that he says it’s as bad as it’s ever been. He isn’t approved to take any leave time for reasons I don’t understand. HR (in a different place hours away from where he works) says he has to get a doctor’s note. But the only doctor he saw was early on after all this started, and she didn’t help at all, and now refuses to sign the paperwork because she doesn’t know what has come about since hubby started seeking out other practitioners. So he asked his current caregiver, a PT, to sign it, and he won’t because he, too, says the paperwork needs to be filled out by an MD. So hubby is left with no one who will provide the information HR wants, and HR won’t approve leave time because the papers aren’t filled out.

    Hubby has left messages with HR explaining the predicament, but they don’t ever get back to him.

    He can hardly move again. He is afraid he’s going to end up in a nursing facility early, unable to work. And here I am, basically without a job.

    I can’t tell you how bleak it is here. But you people are probably sick of hearing about this, so it is the last time I’ll post about health and depression issues in our family. Just please pray, OK?

    Thank you.

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  3. And now for some good news: my niece made it to Bali safely. My sister-in-law wrote late last night:

    After 29 1/2 hours of traveling (24 1/2 hours in the air) H arrived in Bali. R [my brother] and I each talked to her and she sounded so happy and wide awake! Later she & I video chatted through Facebook and she showed me the house & yard and I talked to the kids. R & R [the kids] have a soccer game today and H is going with. A [kids’ mom] said H could stay home and nap but H isn’t tired as she is so excited to be in Bali!

    H is excited as this weekend they are going to a temple where the monkeys like to hang out. Also for my elephant loving girl they are going to an elephant sanctuary.

    And H wrote this on FB, which SIL also shared:

    I’ve made it to Bali! I am absolutely in love with this new place to call home! I’m slowly getting all settled in but I can’t thank my new family enough for being so welcoming ❤

    [My note: there were pictures of a welcome sign the kids had made for H — 13 white sheets of paper with one letter on each — W E L C O M E H …, hung on a few lines of string slung across the back of three wicker chairs at a table. It was so cute!]

    Thanks for praying for H. I think she's going to have a wonderful experience there the next few years, and I'm so glad she'll be a nanny for this lovely Christian family.

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  4. Praying, 6 arrows. Is there some way he can see another doctor? Was there a specific diagnosis or are more tests needed to determine what’s wrong? I may have missed posts that had some of that information already.

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  5. Kim, I don’t know — maybe. So far, though, everyone’s been uncooperative in fulfilling his requests.

    DJ, our neighbor recommended he see a Doctor of Osteopathy she knows, but it’s at least a three-month wait because that doc is on maternity leave, she’s out of network (which would be even more expensive), and I don’t know if a DO would qualify as an MD in the eyes of HR anyway.

    He had an X-ray (ordered by the MD) that was reported as showing mild or moderate arthritis, I don’t remember which, but he can feel his pain episodes coming on like a charley horse, which is more like a muscle issue than bone, IMO.

    Another practitioner (or maybe the same one, it’s all blurring together in my mind, everything that’s been said over the last almost two months now) said there was an “impingement.”

    Other practitioners simply don’t know — they just do whatever they do, and it doesn’t work.

    It’s been recommended he get an MRI, but we can’t afford it, and the medical system that is our “preferred provider” he absolutely hates — capital H Hates. We’ve had such a run-around with so many people in that system over the years with various family members. We’ve paid off all our previous medical bills with them, and he just wants to be done with them for good.

    Someone said he should get a hip replacement. Well, if we can’t even afford an MRI, how would we ever afford surgery?

    He is so angry and so stressed about all of this, and understandably so, and while he’s not taking out his anger on me, he gets irritated when anyone, including me, asks him questions, so there is a lot I don’t really understand about what he’s going through.

    About all I can do is pray anymore.

    Thank you for joining me in those prayers.

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  6. Will pray for you, six and him.

    The doctors cannot tell what is going on without an MRI. X-rays can only show the bones. 😦

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  7. 6 Arrows – Many (most?) hospitals will work out a payment plan with you, and even cut a percentage off the bill.

    Praying for God to intervene and bring you all the help you need.

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  8. Thanks, Kathaleena. You’re right, and I’ve tried to convince him that he should get an MRI to know what’s really going on. There are a couple of places, both several hours away from where we are, that we were told do MRIs for only a thousand dollars. That amount we could swing (if the emergency money we’re siphoning away with all his appointments lately — too much for our regular medical budget to handle — hasn’t been totally whittled away). But he doesn’t want to go get an MRI from one of those cheap places because if they find something wrong that takes treatment rather than time to make right, we’d be back to having to get treatment from that evil “preferred provider” system in our area. He’s convinced that they wouldn’t recognize an MRI from somewhere they’re not affiliated with, and would order him to get an MRI from their system before they’d treat him. Their MRIs are very expensive, even before being added to the cost of the first, possibly rejected MRI. (One of our daughters had an MRI through the local system eight years ago, and, without it being either the most or least expensive of the MRIs they do, it was already $4,500 at that time. I wouldn’t be surprised if it were $10,000 by now, and that would eat up what’s left in our emergency fund, never mind if he couldn’t work anymore on top of all that.)

    Thank you for praying.

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  9. Thank you, Kizzie. I would hope this system we’ve dealt with before has improved in their customer service dealings since the last time we’ve been there.

    On another note, while I was driving to town to run errands this afternoon, there was something I said above that came to mind. Something I’m afraid I gave a wrong impression about. (Sorry to end that sentence with a preposition.)

    Anyway… this:

    “But you people are probably sick of hearing about this, so it is the last time I’ll post about health and depression issues in our family.”

    I don’t mean that to sound like *I’m* sick of hearing about people’s health or depression issues, or that I think people should keep quiet about it, because others here will or maybe already are sick of hearing that.

    It’s my own personal neuroses that get me thinking that I wear out my welcome with people, and that you must all be so tired of hearing from me. It’s not a feeling I have about anyone else, just myself.

    Emotional pain does things like that to me. I am trying to take every thought captive, but too many times still, I feel like I’m nothing if not a worthless POS who is unpleasant to have around.

    I would appreciate prayers for that, because I know it’s a deception, but has been hard for me to shake most of my life, that I can remember.

    Thank you, all.

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  10. Oh, 6, I understand. I often feel useless, just taking up space. And I have been holding back sharing about more feelings of grief I’ve been dealing with, not wanting to sound like I’m seeking sympathy or attention or something. But, like you, I don’t judge others the same way I judge myself in those matters.

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  11. Speaking of ending a sentence with a preposition, my “Grammar Nazi” friends say that that is not even a real grammar rule. 🙂

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  12. Someday perhaps I’ll take a road trip and drive to the HR department, specifically to say this is the sort of nonsense up with which I will not put. 😉

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  13. Kizzie, 7:52, thanks for your understanding. And, FTR, you don’t sound like you’re looking for sympathy or attention. If I may, I’ll encourage you not to hold back sharing more of your feelings of grief. I don’t know what you’re going through, but I think it’s probably healthier, when you think, “Should I share this or not?”, to simply express your thoughts to others. Holding back can be paralyzing, and releasing those feelings with others can give your listeners a window into your soul. You never know how much a certain expression can help someone who may experience in the future what you already have.

    For people like me who have never lost a person they’ve lived with, there is mystery surrounding what it must be like to lose a spouse or parent or child. For those who have experienced loss, talking it out helps take some of the unknown away for those of us who haven’t been through that yet. I think it could very well help someone in the future when it is his / her time to experience the death of a loved one for the first time.

    Keep talking, {{{Kizzie}}}.

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  14. Thank you, 6. (Oops. I accidentally first typed “8”. I guess I’m adding a pair of twins to your family. 🙂 )

    Just this morning, again weeping and pouring out my heart to God, wondering why Hubby had to die so soon, why I am alone to finish out what could be many more years of my life, I asked Him to use what I am going through to help someone. Somehow I know that this grief is not without purpose.

    Btw, when I say I am “alone”, I know that I am not really alone. But I am alone in the sense that Hubby and I were one flesh, living out our life (notice that is singular, not plural) together, and now I have to go on living that life without him. My identity was not all wrapped up in being “Hubby’s Wife,” but being “Hubby’s Wife” certainly was a huge part of who I am/was.

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  15. The patient continues to recover at home. She will be off a couple of weeks. Then she;’ll work from home for a few more before returning.

    Today she had a little more pain, but the swelling is down some and she’s been walking and icing too. Tomorrow maybe we can try a shower and short walk. 🙂

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  16. Praying for you 6arrows…please remember we are your friends here….it is ok to let us know how to pray for you and your mister. I do pray ya’ll can get the answers needed for relief of his pain and for some respite from the stresses of it all….
    AJ you and Cheryl are in our prayers as well….trusting the healing with progress with no complications!

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  17. Thanks for all the prayers and encouragement today, friends.

    AJ, I’m glad Cheryl will get to work from home for a bit before returning. Praying for her continued healing and progress.

    Kizzie, to type “8” wouldn’t have been so wrong. The Lord blessed this mom with eight babies. I didn’t get to hold or raise two of them, but they’re in heaven where I believe we will meet some day, and that is a blessing beyond measure.

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