Tuesday, July 21, 2009

A Quick Hello...

Good morning from rainy NWA (that stands for Northwest Arkansas in case you're not from The Natural State and need some clarification). The internet connection here has been spotty at best, but it seems to be working right now, so I wanted to pop in and say hello.

I'm sipping coffee this morning and looking out at the rain falling on Beaver Lake. It's lovely. Today is one of those dark, stormy mornings that just begs you to sleep in.

There's not much rest for the weary around here though. My dad is getting 3 different intravenous medications which he takes at SEVEN times throughout the course of the day. That means lots of clock-watching and alarm-setting for me. I've become quite the pro at hooking his meds and tubing up, and I've been wondering if I should apply for nursing school when I return to Colorado. I think I would like the science part of it all, but I'm not a big fan of guts and blood. Not to mention math. So...on second thought...maybe I'll just stick to being a stay-at-home-mom.

Speaking of being a mom...

I miss my kids. A lot.

They're in South Arkansas with their grandparents this week. We'll reunite on Friday just in time to drive back to Colorado and meet up with their dad for our family vacation in Durango. They're having a lot of fun--despite one vomiting episode (on Mimi's brand new carpet) and their swimming plans getting rained out. 

I miss John a lot too. He and Jack-the-beagle are home in CO keeping each other company. And yeah, I miss the ole beagle too. 

I feel like our family is so splintered right now. I'm thankful it's temporary.

So...

On tap for today is a visit to the oncologist. I've been to that clinic with my dad a few times now and honestly, it is THE most depressing place on earth. It's hard to see so many sick people come in and out. 

Ugh.

Anyway, I'm hanging in there. I know that it's important and good that I'm here.

Thanks so much for all of your sweet responses and prayers on my last post. I'm feeling your prayers!

20 comments:

Lauren Kelly said...

Thinking of you today Mere and just wanted you to know that!

Lindsay said...

Hi Mer... Good to hear from you. You and yours have been in my thoughts and prayers all along. Glad you'll be reunited on Friday.

Kelly @ Love Well said...

I pray every time you come to mind. May God give you strength and even joy today.

Elizabeth said...

I've been thinking about ya! You all got the storm that went through here last night. I'm praying for peace and strength for you today.

stephanie@{Olive Tree} said...

Thinking of you and praying this week!

Carpoolqueen said...

I am so stinkin' inspired by how you are cowgirling up and facing this with and for your dad. I know it's not by either of your choice, but it's a picture of how we step up for the ones we love.

Jennifer said...

Thanks for the update, Meredith! I've been checking your blog. I am praying your time with your dad is really special in spite of the reason you're there. I know it must mean so much to him to have you with him. I will continue to lift you and all of your family up in prayer.

Timbo said...

So glad to hear you're hanging in there. My grandfather dealt with pancreatic cancer at the end of his life. I hate it with you. Thanks for being real in the other post. I'm proud of you Meredith and how God is using you even through this. I pray your reunion with the family is sweeter than even you hope. And praying for your dad too of course.

Kellie said...

Yay for coffee and a quick hello!

So proud of your nursing skillz. I am with you, I'd love being a nurse if it wasn't for "guts and blood", only I need to add the word mucus...cuz I'm not a fan.

Praying for you daily and hoping that you will feel encouraged each day until you and your family are all together in one lovely spot!

Cathy said...

Still praying, Mer!

God will bless you for being faithful and honoring your father. Thanks for the updates...and being honest and open about it all. You're an amazing woman!

Jacquie said...

Still thinking about you here in NCA (that's North Central Arkansas. Ha!) and say a prayer for you every time I see a Tweet! Take care of yourself.

Betsy said...

I've been thinking about you so much and praying for you! I almost facebooked you today to check on you since you hadn't blogged in a while. I know this is so draining emotionally right now. You are doing such a wonderful job. You will always be glad you did this for your dad.

Hoping the time goes by quickly this week! Love and hugs!

Jeanie said...

I've been thinking about you and praying for your Dad especially. I'm glad you blogged...I've been checking to see if you've left an update on your situation. Hope the rest of your time in AR goes by quickly. You are such a WONDERFUL daughter and woman for doing this sacrificial thing for your Dad. You've really layed a burden on my heart to be more sacrificial in the things I do.

Stephanie's Mommy Brain said...

On a completely random note - do you know what AR was before "The Natural State?" :)

Becca~TimeWellSpent said...

Continuing to pray for you and your dad. I know he is being blessed just by having you there!

His Girl said...

you know I'm prayin' friend. so proud of you.

The Harper Family said...

Wish I could drive the couple hours to see you and give you a great big hug!! I am keeping you and your Dad in my prayers!!

Robin said...

Praying for you and your dad.

Amber said...

Thinking of you, Mer. And praying for you, your dad, and John and the kids.

Oh...and if you need a nursing school partner, remember...I'm right there with ya!!

Lisa said...

Thinking of you Mer and keeping you in my prayers. I went through all of this with my dad who had esophageal cancer. If you ever want to talk/email, I am happy to listen and share.

Hang in there and cherish this time for the gift that it is -- even though it might not feel like it.