Prayer Requests 9-28-20

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Psalm 52

Why do you boast of evil, you mighty hero?
    Why do you boast all day long,
    you who are a disgrace in the eyes of God?
You who practice deceit,
    your tongue plots destruction;
    it is like a sharpened razor.
You love evil rather than good,
    falsehood rather than speaking the truth.
You love every harmful word,
    you deceitful tongue!

Surely God will bring you down to everlasting ruin:
    He will snatch you up and pluck you from your tent;
    he will uproot you from the land of the living.
The righteous will see and fear;
    they will laugh at you, saying,
“Here now is the man
    who did not make God his stronghold
   but trusted in his great wealth
    and grew strong by destroying others!”

But I am like an olive tree
    flourishing in the house of God;
   I trust in God’s unfailing love
    for ever and ever.
For what you have done I will always praise you
    in the presence of your faithful people.
   And I will hope in your name,
    for your name is good.

9 thoughts on “Prayer Requests 9-28-20

  1. East Coast sister, BIL, and nieces drive back home today and tomorrow after being here in the Midwest for the wedding this past weekend. Prayers for their safe travels appreciated.

    Prayers for my nephew (one of their sons). He’s in the Navy and has been battling congestion and breathing problems and other health challenges for several months now. He tested negative for covid and has not had a fever, but ended up in the emergency room Saturday night.

    That news was very hard for my sister to hear, as she learned it while she was staying with Dad during the wedding. Dad had a terrible evening, sister reported, asking every five minutes or so for hours where Mom was. (She had gone to the wedding.) After a while, starting around dusk, he got very agitated and his line of questioning turned to suspicion. It was no longer, “When is Ma coming back?” or “Who’s bringing her back?” but “Who took her?”

    Sister answered that another sister was bringing her back, and that BIL had taken her to the wedding. She used BIL’s name to answer his question, and Dad said, “Who’s __________?” He didn’t recognize the name of his son-in-law.

    After a while, my sister couldn’t take it anymore, especially after she got news of my nephew’s being at the ER. She had to walk out of the room where Dad was and sit by herself for a while so her building emotions wouldn’t agitate Dad more.

    Sis and I spoke on the phone for close to two hours yesterday. She had a lot of processing to do after all that the night before. She could use prayers, my nephew could use them, my parents… (Mom has shown increasing agitation over the weekend, too. Among other things, she’s suspicious that next-door SIL and niece are stealing some of her mail. She’s just not in a good position to be taking care of Dad anymore for a variety of reasons, but stubbornly refuses to admit there’s any problem with her caregiving ability.)

    The list goes on. Things are a mess and going downhill fast. Thank you for praying.

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  2. What a difficult situation, Six! 😦

    I am sure we are all praying for Michelle and that sad situation for so many others, too.

    Praying Kim’s repairs will not be too bad and will get done quickly.

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  3. Cheryl, Mom seems to like the care provider — I don’t know if the woman is a doctor or nurse practitioner or what — that she’s been seeing for a couple years or so. The problem is that Mom gets angry if we bring up something to the medical person that we haven’t first addressed with her. But addressing a problem with Mom first goes nowhere, as she gets angry and defensive, saying “I’m not losing it; I’m not a child; you’re being so negative.” Etc.

    I suppose we should simply take the anger without being afraid of it or automatically taking the path of least resistance. She’s behaving like a child at times, but it’s hard to deal with a resistant parent like you would with a stubborn kid who has little concept of his/her best interests / safety precautions, etc.

    There are five of us siblings, too, plus some spouses who weigh in with their opinions occasionally, so not everyone has the same perspective on who we should talk to when. And the one sibling who works in the medical field, whose word Mom trusts, is frustratingly silent or tight on words in just about all our email conversations. She frequently has little or nothing to add to our conversations and says hardly anything to Mom. She, like Mom, seems to want to sweep everything under the rug. The rest of us have, individually, tried at least a few times to start those difficult conversations with Mom, but the one sibling who Mom would probably be most likely to listen to avoids discussions like that like the plague.

    We siblings did all think, though, when we started to notice Dad’s decline a number of years ago, that Mom would be able to take care of him. She is nearly 11 years younger. However, dementia runs in her family — both of her siblings and her mother were afflicted. Her dad might have been eventually, too, who knows, if he hadn’t died at age 74.

    I think Mom is still convinced that her and Dad’s age difference makes it perfectly fine for her to take care of him. She either isn’t aware of her own serious decline, or she’s trying hard to rationalize it as something not that big a deal.

    We will probably revisit this soon. My brother and sister-in-law had a lot to think about recently with the wedding of their older daughter approaching, but now that that is past, and given the new developments with both Mom and Dad this week, we’re probably going to discuss the next step soon. Whatever that may be.

    Thank you for the prayers for wisdom.

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  4. Six Arrows, are any of you listed as people the doctor can talk to? If not, that’s likely the first step. (My brother could not get his late wife’s medical records because she hadn’t happened to put his name on some form. He was livid: she was my wife, she’s dead and has no more need for privacy, and my children have a right to their medical history. I don’t know if it worked, but it was enough for me to make sure that people who “need to know” are allowed access to that information.) I’d be inclined to talk to the doctor when she is not in the room; maybe even send a letter, if you can.

    My husband had to intervene to get his father’s drivers license taken away–or, rather, to tell the doctor in the hospital that his father was still driving (which shocked her) and have her tell him he couldn’t drive anymore. Since he later began to believe it was just the nurse’s aide who said he couldn’t drive, Mom had his primary care physician type a letter saying he couldn’t drive anymore, and when he started saying that the aide said he couldn’t drive and she has no authority or expertise (or whatever he said about the aide), she could then pull out the letter and he’d accept that. But my husband talked to the hospital doctor in private, not in front of his father, to alert her to information she needed to know.

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