Prayer Requests 1-30-20

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

Anyone else?

Psalm 150

Praise the Lord.

   Praise God in his sanctuary;
    praise him in his mighty heavens.
Praise him for his acts of power;
    praise him for his surpassing greatness.
Praise him with the sounding of the trumpet,
    praise him with the harp and lyre,
praise him with timbrel and dancing,
    praise him with the strings and pipe,
praise him with the clash of cymbals,
    praise him with resounding cymbals.

Let everything that has breath praise the Lord.

   Praise the Lord.

26 thoughts on “Prayer Requests 1-30-20

  1. Found out from a neighbor who lives in the apartment house next door, a little further up the lane, that on Monday, right before Nightingale got home, she saw X slowly driving down the lane (which he is not supposed to do), seeming to be looking to see if Nightingale’s car was home. (She could see him tilting his head a bit, to look around a tree that would block his view of our driveway from there.) Then he saw her looking at him, and backed up the lane again. Right after that is when Nightingale arrived and had to beep at him to get out of the lane.

    That has me wondering what he was up to, and what he would have done if he hadn’t been noticed. Would he have come to the door? Was he looking for her or was he wanting to talk to me? What was in his mind to make him do that? Coming to the house would have been a violation of the protective order.

    Not sure if he meant any of us any harm, but please pray for protection for Nightingale especially, but also for Boy and me, “just in case”.

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  2. Praying for your protection, Kizzie.

    Catching up on yesterday’s prayer thread about schizophrenia, I had a schizophrenic near relative. None of her three children or three grandchildren, all adults now, have shown any signs. So while there may be a genetic component, I wouldn’t worry too much about the Boy.

    It does seem to be a common and chronic thing for a schizophrenic to be fine for a long time, maybe years. Then either through paranoia about the meds or a wishful belief that they don’t need them any more, they stop taking them, and after a few weeks or months they go off the rails again. My relative went through probably 5-10 cycles over the course of her life, and never was permanently stable. Her husband always had to be watchful.

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  3. Please pray for my friend Jenn (the lady with the severe health problems). She had been scheduled since late last year to have a 10-hour surgery today, which was supposed to fix what went wrong in the long surgery last May, as well as other things.

    Instead, she is in the ICU. Before going in, she wrote on Facebook:

    “. . .complications with my blood .. had blood transfusions .. having issues with blood pressure dropping and heart rate too high.. and fever is about 100.0..they want scans and to see what is going on..pain is horrible. . .”

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  4. I prayed for him for a while last night. It’s troubling to see/hear of a young man disintegrating in this way. And how hard for his mother to see her son such a mess. It’s almost like he’s sabotaging himself.

    I’ll continue to pray that truth will be revealed.

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  5. Forgot to mention this earlier. . .Yesterday I had sent Chickadee an email with the latest news on X. At the end, I asked if it were possible for us to get together more often.

    She replied that “leaving the house a lot is very stressful and anxiety-inducing,” no matter what she may be doing. This is after at least three years of therapy and medication. She is worse off then when it began.

    My heart aches for my younger daughter. It is bad enough that she has those issues, but then she is also in the apartment for much of her time with YA, who “can’t work” due to her asthma and a thyroid problem. (Due to the other activities that I see YA participate in, I highly doubt she cannot work.)

    Meanwhile, my older daughter, my Nightingale, has a great deal of stress in her own life, and sometimes feels PTSD-type symptoms related to X. (The neighbor who saw X on our lane also saw Nightingale when she drove down the lane, and remarked to me that she looked scared.)

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  6. I found it disturbing, too, when I read the day of the court hearing that X showed up, not there, but on your lane later.

    I know you said she contacted both her and his lawyers, Kizzie. Did either follow up with her?

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  7. I don’t know, 6. She doesn’t always tell me everything. Not because she’s hiding it, just that she doesn’t think to. I will ask her, though.

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  8. I agree with Kevin about those with schizophrenia. Our relative has gotten much, much better as he has aged. He is quite independent for the most part and even teaches bible study. It took many episodes for him to realize he absolutely needed his medication. No one else in the family has had any issues with the disease.

    I would certainly have a plan for dealing with this young man showing up where he should not be.

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  9. I sent an email to the administrator at Carol’s facility last night, she’s been going to sleep very early and says she feels sleepy all day. Beyond that, she doesn’t sound like herself to me, I suspect either the potassium drop has occurred again or it could be related to her congestive heart failure, something she’s had for some time and is medicated for. It also could be a bit of depression, she’s not able to get out of that place anymore and I know that must take a mental toll on her. They have an outdoor patio spot in back with tables and umbrellas but there is a long concrete ramp to access it from the back door and Carol said it’s too difficult for her to navigate with the pain she has in her legs (which also are weaker). They have (they say) no wheelchair large enough for her there (seems to me it’s their responsibility to have something like that on hand).

    Anyway, I didn’t mention most of all that to the administrator, only that she isn’t sounding like herself, very low energy and sleeping too much so I think it’s time a doctor take a closer look at her. They did blood draws for all the residents about 2 weeks ago but Carol said she’s not heard any results.

    The administrator is usually good about following up when I write, they never answer due to hippa I guess, but Carol will mention to me within days that more attention is being paid to her.

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  10. I’ll broach the subject of how we can get Carol outside more often later, in my next email. 🙂 I really do think it’s important for her to get fresh air most every day, even if it’s just for 30 minutes.

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  11. On the positive front, though, the MS Lutheran pastor in her area is proving to be very faithful in visiting her every three weeks. They sing hymns, discuss different topics and he gives her communion. I’m so grateful, her old church was trying but they were no longer anywhere close geographically to her (and she’s been gone from that congregation for a number of years now, has never met the new pastor). I so wish she could somehow get to church, but that seems too complicated for now, anyway. So the pastoral visits are the next best thing.

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  12. Yes, I had previously read that schizophrenia lessens as people age.

    But Nightingale says there are several residents in the nursing home who are schizophrenic, and many of them are very paranoid or whatnot. Some are often talking to the voices in their heads as if they are people who are right there with them. I don’t know if the schizophrenia is exacerbated by dementia or what. It is heartbreaking when the person is afraid of the voices.

    She told me about one man who was afraid to take his meds. She described to me how she talked him through it, in a sweet, gentle way, and he trusted her and took the pills. Others will refuse. I don’t know how they deal with them.

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  13. Kathaleena – You are right about that.

    *******
    Here’s another prayer request: I just took a long while to craft and edit and re-edit an email to Chickadee about some of my concerns about our relationship. In a nutshell, it is me being gently honest about how I have been feeling, and asking if she feels the same. (Absolutely no mention of the McKs.) It is personal and heart-felt, but also written very carefully. There is some humor in it, as well as a reminder that no matter what, I love her more than she will ever know.

    My feeling as I wrote it was that it was time to share those feelings and thoughts with her. At this point, I think it was written correctly, in a way that will touch her heart. But even so, I have not sent it yet. I am saving it in my drafts folder, and will sleep on it. I am praying that tomorrow as I look at it again, I will know in my heart if I should click send or not. Please pray for wisdom, Thank you.

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  14. Carol’s psychologist at the facility called, left a voicemail — he said he met with her today(?) and that she doesn’t appear to be depressed, he’s checking her meds and she is on a new antibiotic that ends tomorrow (so that could be causing tiredness maybe?). I didn’t recognize the # so I’d not picked up but I called him back (and left him a voicemail this time, lol) — just thanked him for checking on her and I mentioned my question about possible potassium levels or a physical cause for the tiredness. I didn’t mention depression in my email last night, just that I seemed to notice some changes in her energy level and she’s told me how extra tired and sleepy she is every day now for the past 1-2 weeks.

    But doctor said she cleared me for him to talk to, so that’s good — and now I have his #.

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  15. A woman at my church was just telling me how she makes it a point to visit a friend once a week. The woman was told by a worker there (whom she knew) that the woman she visited was very blessed to have her come so often, since the workers take care of people visited better than those who have no one. The woman was surprised anyone would admit that. It is good to know that. Good workers will not let it make a difference in their care, but those who don’t care will be kept on there toes.

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  16. Kevin, thanks for reminding me of that, she has frequent UTIs as well.

    She’s also having problems now with oozing wounds on her legs. They’re on top of that but it’s what has put her on the latest round of new antibiotics, which may be the other potential culprit in her tiredness — I also worry that she’s had to take so many antibiotics for so long that she’s developing a resistance.

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