Monday, May 20, 2013

day 20, something you're struggling with right now

I have accepted a blog challenge! The quest is to write every day in May. There is a new topic daily. Check out all the topics here

Day 1: Story of my life in 250 words or less.
Day 9: A moment in your day (just a photo or a photo and words)
Day 10: Most embarrassing moment
Day 11: Sell yourself in 10 words or less
Day 12: What do you miss? (a person, a thing, a place, a time of your life...)
Day 13: Issue a public apology.
Day 14: Ten things that make you really happy
Day 15: A Day in the life (include photos from throughout your typical day)
Day 16: Something difficult about your "lot in life" and how you're working to overcome it
Day 17: A favorite photo of yourself and why
Day 18: Tell a story from your childhood
Day 19: Five of your favorite blogs and what you love about them

Day 20: Get real. Share something you're struggling with right now
If you have been following this blog for awhile, you likely remember me writing about Papa. In October, life began to drastically change for Papa. At age 92, his freedoms shifted. His freedom of health and mobility decreased. This fiercely independent man became dependent. His health had declined enough that family members embarked on a new level of support. This was my first mention of it. And then I asked if any of you wanted to get involved with a random act of kindness. To my pleasant surprise, Papa received a few cards from you! Those well wishes absolutely raised his spirirts and gave him the will to fight. There were updates along the way as he got stronger and relocated to Raleigh. Since his arrival, he has had a handful of hospitalizations and removal of his gallbladder. 
This week Papa will be introduced to Hospice care. Our family is rallying as troops begin to arrive this evening. Family is traveling from Australia, Arizona, Florida & Ohio. It's painful to see a strong man begin to fade away. It hurts to see my mom lose her dad. It's troublesome to see my Gram witness her husband slip away. The part that brings peace, though, is Papa knows how much he is adored.

I am incredibly proud of my mom. She deserves recognition. She loves her dad with her whole heart. 

{image from Oct 2012}

Join me tomorrow for: A list of links to your favorite posts in your archives

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Having been through something like this with my wonderful father-in-law, I am sending prayers to you and your family. Although it can be exhausting and trying, it is a good thing to be able to share this journey with your Grandfather. He is so blessed to have you and your family rally around him. Even if he can't show it, he knows you are all there with him.

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