ComiKate wrote:Spent 4 days at my parents, December 24-27. Happy and a bit sad as well. My dad's leukemia is getting worse and he's not doing too well. The 27th he even had to the hospital to get some ermergency blood platelets. Coming Monday some further examinations. All in all not too great, it does not bode well. I fear this might have been our last Christmas together as a (complete) family. :cry:I pray I am very wrong about that.
The update is, that my father has been hospitalized since 2nd January, with severe belly pains. He hasn't left the hospital since, and is still in pain in spite of all pain killers. They suspect it may be a blather infection (cystitis) or pyelitis, but they still don't know for certain what's causing it - which has me worried. In his condition, with his leukemia, he's hardly got any immune system left so any infection is dangerous.
He hardly eats because that causes extra pain, so he's weakening fast. Nor does he drink enough because that leads to painful blather issues, so now he's dehydrated. They're finally giving him some fluids intravenously, since Monday. I really don't have much confidence in this hospital and its doctors, but my parents refuse to go elsewhere. Very frustrating.
My mother is very fierce when it comes to defending my father's needs in hospital, but once back home alone, she's very sad and often bordering on panicky. She told me she felt like having a sneak preview of being a widow and experiences a lot of stress. And I live too far away to visit her or my father regularly, although we Facetime a lot (Facetime is like Apple's Skype).
All in all, I now worry about both of my parents and for the first time in years it affects my sleep (of which I get less and less).
Long story short, please pray for my father, that God may save him from his current affliction and grant him many more years of (relative) health, like king Hezekiah did and got 15 years extra by the grace of God (2Kings 20:1-6).
And please pray for my mother, that she may feel how God is her comforter and strength, the soft place on which she can fall, the shepherd who guides her and stays with her even as she walks through the valley of the shadow of death.
Both of them are Christians, by the way.
And please pray for me, for I don't want to lose my dad. I just can't.