Prayer Requests – 9

Please share any prayer requests you may have for friends or loved ones here….

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  1. Buzzybee says:

    Dear Treepers,
    Update on a previous request for my dad/family. Dad was in hospital this past week. My how daily hospital visits can deplete one’s energy! Dad’s heart failure is worse with pulmonary artery narrowing. No cure. I may have him a week, a month, or a year, depending on his self-care. He has not been close to the Lord for years. Prayers needed for his soul. My stepmom makes it difficult for me. I think she’s in early stage alzheimers/dementia of some kind. She did not pass the memory test from the visiting nurse. She has a bad attitude, maybe due to memory problems and fears, especially toward me. She seems to resent my wanting time with my dad. I’ve tried being kind (making mini-gardens for her, listening when she’s worried, etc.) but sometimes she’s just plain rude! I’m already emotionally fatigued and afraid she’ll push me over the edge. My dad understands as we’ve talked (some good conversations). When he goes, I won’t have him around to help me if my stepmom is rude. I already dread the upcoming death/funeral, arrangements, etc. She’s executor of his estate (with cognitive issues). Yikes! Thankfully he has a will so inheritance should not be an issue. I have one stepsister who is trustworthy, but currently I think she’s in denial and she’s incredibly busy. Likely she can handle her mother though when the time comes. The other stepsister is not trustworthy. Trying to help Dad track his meds, encourage him and stepmom, etc. is taking its toll on me. I already feel almost depleted and still have the whole end of life thing to go with him. I don’t know how you all stay upright with some of the problems I’ve read on here. I know God sustains us, and He loves us, and I know in the world we have tribulations. However today I feel like a rag doll lying in the rain. There are times this past month where I’ve thought I might lose both my dad and my country in one fell swoop! aaaarrrgghh I suspect my stress will improve after the election. I’d appreciate prayers for my stamina; physically and emotionally. And wisdom coping with my stepmom. I’d like her daughters to step up to the plate with a bit more contact and accepting reality. Step-family issues have never been easy, but preparing to lose Dad makes it even harder, especially if stepmom has the memory issues I believe she has. Sorry this is so long. Just had to spill some of the pressure.

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    • justfactsplz says:

      Oh, magnificent Bee I feel for you. Taking care of very ill loved ones does zap you of your energy. Between Gary and G. I have spent a lot of time at the hospital in the past few months. I will pray for you. You must make sure you eat right and get enough rest. Also try to make time for yourself, this is a must to keep you from folding.

      Relations with steps seem to be a problem with many people. The only problems Gary and I have ever had have involved his grown children. Whenever he is sick or in the hospital they really give me a bad time. I used to take it but I learned recently to stick up for myself and come right back at them.

      With dementia there is often personality fluctuations and it sounds like your stepmother is having issues with that. It’s not something she can control which makes it harder. Her children need to get involved with what’s going on with her and if she can function well enough to live at home.

      I will be praying for all of these hardships. You don’t need all of this at a time like this. I will pray that your dad will be comfortable and that he will turn back to the Lord. I just lost my mom a year ago thanksgiving weekend so I know what you will be facing. I hope you have other family members that can support you through all of this. Hugs.

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      • Buzzybee says:

        Thank you so much dear Justfactsplz. Your kindness and caring made my eyes water. Amazing how God answers prayers sometimes before we even ask. Dad called me today and is finally allowing me to help him more (he was Mr. Independent 6 months ago). Helping him actually does me worlds of good emotionally even though it’s harder physically. We discuss things when we’re together and that’s just awesome, like a sunbreak thru rainclouds. I’ll follow your advice and eat healthy, guard my sleep, and some personal time. At first I felt guilty for personal time, but now I see that what benefits me also benefits those I care for. So glad to hear you learned to stick up for yourself. These are not easy lessons. I’m so thankful God is working. One stepsister is stopping by after work today and the other will be over on Thursday. I suspect they’ve been thinking about reality after the first dose of it. They treat me ok when I talk to them; it’s mainly my stepmom who is a challenge. BUT Dad understands what’s happening and we talk it through. For that I am grateful. What caught me off guard was experiencing some of the grief process this early. I haven’t lost Dad yet, but I know I will in the near future. I’ve always known that, but maybe it just hit me harder when his heart got worse. Thank you for praying for his spiritual need as that’s foremost on my mind now. Perhaps God will allow me to set an example of faith that can shine some light for Dad.

        Unfortunately I’m estranged from my sister, who is caring for my mother who has Alzheimer’s. They both live 4 hours from me. I’ve gotten counselling for that situation so won’t go into it more. I do get support from my husband and only daughter. And I have some close friends who are supportive. This prayer thread is a refuge unlike any other support I’ve seen or had though. I’m grateful for it and for the caring you all obviously share here. Some days I want to climb onto a cloud and float away over a rainbow somewhere. This Prayer Refuge is the next best thing.

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        • justfactsplz says:

          There are great and caring friends on this prayer thread. I am so glad I found it.

          It’s not at all selfish to take time for yourself. I learned that the hard way. When Gary was in the hospital for two months I became very tired. One day I fell asleep driving on the interstate. Luckily I did not wreck and woke up in another lane. After that I made myself sleep and took alternate days visiting him with his kids. That helped a lot. Hang in there and keep us posted.

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          • Buzzybee says:

            Whoa. Sleeping on the interstate is not a healthy habit. 😉 Thanks much. Yes, I’ll keep this prayer thread updated through to the end.

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            • John Doe says:

              Prayers for you, Bee, every single night. I’ll always remember because I’ll put you right after the beautiful Trump family. Losing your parents is so difficult. My initial thought was that I was now an orphan. But the lovely truth is, I gained two loving guardian angels who I speak to and with 100x’s more now. They love you. They always will. Take special grace from this time with your dad. Cherish it between the tears. You will remember it for the rest of your life. God bless you, Bee. And your beautifully dysfunctional family. Aren’t all families? Love and remember the good times. Love.

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              • buzzybee says:

                John Doe, thank you so very much. I appreciate your message. I am indeed cherishing some special memories with my Dad. And yes, you’re right, all families are dysfunctional. We all need Jesus. 🙂

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    • ZurichMike says:

      3 Sirach comes to mind:

      12 My child, take care of your father when he grows old; give him no cause for worry as long as he lives. 13 Be sympathetic even if his mind fails him; don’t look down on him just because you are strong and healthy. 14 The Lord will not forget the kindness you show to your father; it will help you make up for your sins. 15 When you are in trouble, the Lord will remember your kindness and will help you; your sins will melt away like frost in warm sunshine.

      Fortitude and the strength of the angels to support you in your time of need.

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    • Sha says:

      Buzzybee I’ll be praying for you and your family and for God to send some help your way in helping you with your step mom. I’m sorry to hear about your Dad …… I’ll be praying for him to find his way back to the lord and for him to know how much God and you love him.

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    • angie says:

      My prayers are with you all, Bee.

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    • wodiej says:

      I’m sorry about your Dad and the issues with your stepmom. My Dad is 84 and lives many states away from me. We have always been very close and I know when it’s his time, I will be heartbroken. I pray for you my friend to have strength and courage and to remember you will see him again after he has left this world. I know it’s small consolation.

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  2. ZurichMike says:

    My dad is on liquid morphine for pain. He is failing, but at home and my mom is doing her best with the assistance of visiting hospice nurses to care for him. Today, All Saints Day, I went to Mass in the local church here in Switzerland. The collect today was for the local hospice association — I just about lost it then.

    Also (and this will be understood especialy by “old school” Catholics) — the church bells toll for ten minutes up to the start of Mass, and then during the consecration — it’s very beautiful — ringing out the Mystery of the Eucharist even for those not in church.

    Pray for a my dad, please. And do me a favor if your dad is still around — give him a call today . . . just because . . .

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  3. buzzybee says:

    Dear Treepers, just want to share a poem that came to mind today.

    I know not by what methods rare
    But this I know, God answers prayer.
    I know not if the blessing sought
    Will come in just the guise I thought
    I leave my prayer to Him alone
    Whose will is wiser than my own.

    I’ve had it for years. Forgot who the author is. It may be from an old Guideposts publication I used to subscribe to years ago.

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  4. Condor says:

    I have a friend with leukemia that has returned. He has kids, including a 17 year-old. Please keep “Greg” in your prayers.

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  5. Buzzybee says:

    Dear Treepers,
    Thank you all so much for the prayers and moral support with my dad. We finished 2 doctor appts this week. Dad has made progress and I have hope to have him around into next Spring, maybe even into summer. Some of that depends on his self-care and some depends on how weak his heart is. I know I could lose him before May. But for now I’ll get to have him for Thanksgiving and that has long been a plea. My next plea is to have him thru the New Year and opportunities to build special memories this holiday season. He’s doing well this week. I am grateful to God and thankful for many things today. Next heart doc appointment in about 2 weeks. Today is a port in the storm.

    ZurichMike, you & your dad remain in my thoughts and prayers this week.

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  6. justfactsplz says:

    I have several different areas that I need prayer on. This has been a nonstop whirlwind week of doctors’ appointments. I am exhausted. I have no energy since the three week upper respiratory infection that got all three of us. When I went to get my defibrillator checked I was informed that my unit is among those whose batteries are failing. I also have my left hip replacement which is failing after eight years and now it has been recalled as defective. I had to go to Gainesville to Shand’s Hospital last Friday about my legs. The left one has permanent damage from the bloodclots and the right one has vein deficient performance also. I will have to wear prescription compression stockings every day. I go back in three weeks and have tests to see if they can fix the valves in my veins. I am in so much pain I can barely walk and have bad swelling in the bad leg.

    Gary is more confused and forgetful since he was sick so he needs prayer also.

    The next request is far more serious than my problems. It is about G. I have been running her around for all kinds of medical tests also. She has an aneurism above her right collarbone. I took her to a specialist an hour away and he said he had never seen one this large or in this area of the body. So he sent her to Shands and that is where we were all day, seeing the professor and head vascular surgeon. He too has never seen anything quite like it in size and placement. If it is left alone it will break away and kill her. She will have to have major surgery. The doctor has to bring in the head cardio surgeon at Shands along with himself. It will be a two team surgery. They are going to do the carotid arteries at the same time and possibly even heart bypass surgery. It will be open chest surgery. The problem is the two doctors have to put their heads together to see what to do and how to fix this in surgery. It hasn’t been done before. It will involve plastics and grafting. It will probably be in a couple of weeks before everything is a go. The doctor told me this has nothing to do with her brain problems. We are waiting results of a brain scan this week. The doctor in Ormond Beach and in Gainesville said this aneurism was caused by a severe blood infection or poisoning. I’m thinking about the black mold and filthy conditions in her home for so many years.

    We will need prayer support to get through this with G. Gary and I already had a pretty full plate with our own health problems. I will need God’s strength to get through this.

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    • Buzzybee says:

      Dearest JFP, I can’t stay on my computer long due to neck-aches, but want you to know my heart goes out to you and you’ll be in my prayers this weekend. Keep us updated on your condition when you can. I’ll also pray for Gary, that God will keep him mentally stable for as long as possible. You have your hands full. Any infection does sap our strength, and pain also makes us weary and fatigued. Please get extra sleep when you can, even if it’s a catnap on a waiting room couch. I will pray for God to touch your body and help you to relax, rest, and be calm even in the midst of all the turmoil. I have read of types of procedures where there are specialists who work on veins, so I think its’ something that can be resolved. There are some types of radiologists who are MDs who do this type of work. I’ll pray about that. I’ll also pray about G’s situation and ask God to put his loving hand on her and on all you must cope with. I think you have a valid point about the black mold, etc. that G. had lived in. It sounds like you may be overextended. i pray that God will create places of respite for you. May God bless you and keep you in HIs loving care.

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      • justfactsplz says:

        Thank you BuzzyBee. It was a special radiologist who worked on removing blood clots from my leg, put two stents in my abdomen, and placed the IVC filter which now can’t be removed. I am under the care of a vascular surgical group at Shands Hospital, the same group that will be doing G.’s surgery.

        Today, I rested because my legs wouldn’t go any more. And tomorrow I will be able to rest and go out to eat with Gary for our 18th wedding anniversary. That will be a good thing.

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        • buzzybee says:

          Dear JFP, I am glad you are getting some rest. It sounds like you have a great medical team. Prayers continuing, and HAPPY ANNIVERSARY! I pray you enjoy your meal out and experience a happy and restful time with your husband.

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    • ZurichMike says:

      You have so much on your plate. Massive prayers to Archangel Raphael the Healer for some help and to amplify your prayers to Him.

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    • angie says:

      Praying for Gary, G. and you, dear JFP.

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    • Sha says:

      JFP-I’ll have all three of you on my mind and in my prayers until you tell me all is well with all of you. Lady you never stop amazing me with the way you take care of others and get around with the health problems you have . Your heart is so big and kind……. Happy Anniversary to you and Gary , may you have many,many more. 🙂

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      • justfactsplz says:

        Thanks, Sha. I mainly don’t know how I will be able to walk around Shands that much. I won’t be able to stay up there with her because of taking care of Gary and the pets here at home. Shands is about 2 1/2 hours from here.

        How is the new job going?

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        • Sha says:

          It’s going really well. I still don’t know were my store will be located at. I’m going to be a manager over a furniture store. I’m still in my training store right now. I was told I have to get a couple of months of hands on training now I have finished all my test and book work. Everything will be fine with G…… she will have the nurses looking after her and you can call her to check on her. Get your self strait.

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  7. Alleycats says:

    My dear Treepers, I don’t usually ask for things but I need help with prayers please. My psoriatic arthritis has taken a turn for the worse, stopped responding to treatment. Having the worst flare of my life, been in the hospital wracked with pain and I’m so miserable, I’m ashamed to admit it.

    I’ve always been the strong one, working hard, being the doer, the fixer. I’m not used to being fully dependent on others, I feel like a burden. I miss the life I had, and if I can’t get it back I don’t know what I’ll do. I’m so sad. Please help me pray for strength and relief.

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    • buzzybee says:

      Dear Brave Alleycats, I’d be sad too if I were in your shoes. It’s ok to miss what we had and grieve our losses. In spite of our pains, God is our Creator and you are of value because He created you and loves you. He made you unique. Our value is not in our physical abilities, but in the fact that we are God’s children. I will pray God to grant you relief from both your physical pain and emotional pain, and ask that His loving presence will comfort, protect, and encourage you. Suffering is not easy to understand, especially when we are in the midst of it. May God place his hand of comfort and healing upon you. Keep us posted as you are able.

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    • ZurichMike says:

      Hang in there, Alleycats. We are on prayer detail for you. Keep the faith.

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    • angie says:

      Hugs and prayers, Alleycats.

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    • justfactsplz says:

      Alleycats, I pray God will strengthen you and ease your pain clearing up this painful condition. I can relate to how you are feeling, feeling like you are a burden. Nothing could be farther from the truth. When we need help our loved ones are happy to do it and do not consider us burdens. I became disabled at age 58. I was always a hard worker and doer. I have found through God’s guidance other ways to be useful and at the same time serve him. Do not despair, you have not and will not lose your worth.

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    • Sha says:

      Alleycats I’ll be praying for you to get better and to know you don’t always have to be the fixer to have great value in your family. You can still guide them ….. even when you aren’t feeling well. Snap out of that sadness and remember were Wolverines here, we get down but we never get out ! ((hugs)) 🙂

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  8. ZurichMike says:

    My father is now bedridden and his morphine dosage has doubled. We are not sure he will make it to Thanksgiving. Please keep him in your prayers, and also add a special prayer for my mother — his wife of 61 years — and for my sister, to whom the burden of support falls because of her proximity to them.

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    • justfactsplz says:

      Mike, you have my continued prayers for you and your family. I was going to ask you about your mother, who would look out for her. I am glad you have a sister that can be there for her. During these days your Dad will be half in this world and half in heaven so to speak until he is escorted fully into heaven. During this time God will help those of you who must let him go and he will help you. Your dad will be going to a better place where he will not longer suffer physical pain and have a new body that will live forever where all of you will be reunited one day. Much love and hugs to you.

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    • Sha says:

      I haven’t stop praying for all of you………

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  9. J.A. Hixon says:

    The latest news about my nephew Rick: he’s still in the hospital 2 weeks after surgery for colon cancer. They found no further cancer in his colon. Still, he is unable to eat and is still fed through a tube. Because there has been no improvement, the doctors may do more surgery. And his and my nieces dog ate a bottles full of nsaids pain relievers today ( the dog was treated by a vet and now under a vets care.)
    Please pray for Rick, his wife, daughters, and the dog.
    My grandniece is suffering from depression. She had an abusive childhood and now feels suicidal. Many thanks for praying for them!

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    • angie says:

      JA, you have a full plate, I am praying for all of your intentions and for you as well.

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    • buzzybee says:

      Lifting you all up in prayers.

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    • justfactsplz says:

      J.A. Hixon, I pray for Rick that he will improve and strengthen and be back home with his family soon. I pray that the dog will heal completely and be back home with the family soon. I say a special pray for your grandniece. One of my daughters suffered from depression. She was badly abused and nearly killed by her first husband. The key is to get counseling but not just any counseling. The key is a Christian counselor who specializes in domestic violence. May God have mercy on them all and fill them with His peace.

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    • Sha says:

      J.A. Hixon I’ll be praying for the doctors to find out whats going on with Rick and to be able to help him. I’ll say a big thank you to God for them not finding any cancer in his colon, we will claim that victory in Gods name. I’ll have all of them Rick, his wife and daughters your grandniece and the families poor dog in my prayers.

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  10. angie says:

    Hi everyone, fabulous news and not so fabulous news-
    First for the fabulous- our baby granddaughter, G., is 99% coming home on Monday! R asked me to thank-you all for your prayers. G is in the 10% of babies born with her condition to suffer no ill effects from being without oxygen and cardio pulmonary hypertension. God is good!

    For the not so fabulous- E, our son, texted me the other night that he and wait for it- his wife (drug addict like him)- OY – were going to rehab yesterday. The facility booked their flights and everything. He was supposed to call me last evening after they arrived. Well, I never received a phone call. Texted him today asking if all went well and he texted back, “yeah” and that he would call me in about an hour. That was 8 hours ago. The hardest for me in all of this is maintaining hope. I get my hopes up that he will do the right thing and then my hope is dashed to bits. For a few weeks every night right before I went to sleep, I’d say, “I’m going to kill myself.” Last night, for the first time in a while, I said, ” I’m not going to kill myself. There are things I want to do before I die.” That’s progress anyway. Have a call in to my therapist for a session.

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    • buzzybee says:

      Angie, lifting you up in prayers. I pray your therapy session goes well and meets your immediate need.

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    • justfactsplz says:

      Angie, I am so happy to hear about baby G. Baby G. needs her grandma around, you remember that. The Devil is putting these thoughts of suicide in your mind. In the name of Jesus Christ I command him to leave you and not return. Keep pleading the blood of Jesus ask for God’s protection. Just as Satan is a bad angel there are God’s good angels looking after you. You hang in there, you hear? Hugs.

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    • angie says:

      Thank-you, Bee for you prayer! Hugs
      Thanks too, jfp. I’m listening and will keep pleading. Hugs to you too!
      I really am doing better than I had been for the last few weeks. Life just got to be too much. Also, I was angry at God but I’ve worked through it. When I told T that I was done with my faith, he told me that I wasn’t- I was just angry at God and that’s was okay because God understands that I am imperfect. That was when I began to turn the corner. I’ve always been sort of a perfectionist and when I felt my faith wasn’t perfect, then I must abandon it. T helped me to see that wasn’t necessary. He’s one of my blessings asare all of you!
      Will always pray for my treepers.

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    • Sha says:

      Angie You made me cry when you told me that G was going to be just fine (( hugs and kisses to that sweet little baby )). God is Great ! He can move those mountains like only he can do . It’s not your time to go my friend……… You won our friendship and our hearts from sharing your life with us . Share your heart with God , hand him those heart aches. None of us are perfect…… there isn’t a day that goes by that I don’t know that I should be better than what I am but I look at it like this God loves me just the way I am flaws and all . He loves you to , just the way you are. 🙂

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  11. justfactsplz says:

    God brings people in and out of our lives for a reason. I now know the real reason God brought G. into our lives. It wasn’t just to take her in and help her even though that was important as she has no family whatsoever. It was to lead G. to God’s saving grace.

    G. has had a lot of questions about why God lets bad things happen to good people and little babies. I have told her God allows it and that Satan is the one who causes these things but he will be defeated totally one day. I have told her about Heaven. Today I realized she had not been saved and asked Jesus to forgive her sins. She said she believed in God and Jesus but just didn’t understand. I lay out the simple plan of salvation to her. She is thinking it over. Please pray that she will make this decision so that she will go to Heaven when she does die whenever that is. For Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth, and the light. No man cometh to the Father but by me”.

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  12. Alleycats says:

    Thank you buzzybee, Zurich Mike, Justfactsplz, Angie, and everyone else who may be on prayer detail.
    I’m trying to keep the faith and fight the frustration. Part of it is the sudden onset – I was going along, managing my disease pretty well, had recently gotten a promotion I’ve worked very very hard to get, and out of the blue – Kabamm! I feel like I’ve been shot down. Going from vibrant to bedridden is a shock. I pray a lot throughout the day, and I know God listens, it’s just hard to cope right now.
    Thanks again for letting me vent. I love my place in this Treehouse, and while I don’t personally know ANY of you – I love you nonetheless. Yes, this is truly a Refuge.

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  13. Buzzybee says:

    Dear Treepers, I’m burdened again for my dad tonight. While we are all adjusting to the fact that his heart condition is terminal, he’s embracing the reality of his wife (my stepmom) of 40 years likely having some form of dementia/Alzheimer’s – as yet undiagnosed. But her symptoms are unmistakable. She did fail the memory test a visiting nurse gave her a few weeks ago. I don’t know what it takes for her to get an appointment for an evaluation and diagnosis. Dad confides in me as he needs a place to vent, which is fine. But my heart breaks for him in this situation. Stepmom is becoming more of a challenge for him. I’m trying to find ways to encourage him/give him moral support. My prayer request is for either a caregiver or visiting nurse or someone besides me to come alongside him to help him keep up his morale. I fear my stepmom will wear him out, which he cannot afford. It’s like an 87 year old man with a terminal heart illness having to care for a 9 year old child (sometimes younger). I’m trying not to worry about him, but it’s hard. Would appreciate prayers as the Lord leads. Thank you, dear Treepers.

    P.S. His physical condition is much improved. Even though he’s on oxygen 24/7, he’s moving around better now than he was 2 weeks ago. I pray he sleeps well and doesn’t get discouraged. Discouragement takes the wind out of our sails. I want to find ways to keep it at bay for anyone who is discouraged. May God ever help us in our tribulations and trials.

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    • Sha says:

      Buzzybee Your in a really tough situation…………….. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

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      • buzzybee says:

        Thank you, Sha. Stepmom in the hospital tonight. Possible dehydration or ate something that didn’t agree, or some other problem. Still need diagnosis. Hard on Dad, but he is hanging in there. I’ll take him over to hospital in the morning to visit and see what’s happening. This may be the catalyst that gets other family more involved and facilitates getting a caregiver. Dad is open to whatever help he needs, thankfully. Had a good talk with my stepsister tonight. Not sure anymore how to pray about this now except to ask God to grant me wisdom and keep me strong and healthy. Fighting a sinus infection as I write this, but have meds to address it. The stress is my biggest challenge at the moment. Thank you for the prayer covering. I appreciate it very much.

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        • Sha says:

          buzzybee I think getting her and your dad some home health care would be a great idea. I hope you feel better soon.

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          • Buzzybee says:

            Thanks, Sha. We are finally in discussion about that. Last night, Stepmom went to hospital (which adds to family stress, etc.). Taking Dad to hospital this morning to see how she’s doing. He is worried so we’re going to look into home healthcare or whatever we need to do. He’s already mentioned maybe selling the house and moving to foster care or something, but I think he’s still independent enough to stay home if they have caregivers to help. Prayers for God’s guidance in making these decisions from anyone in the treehouse who feels led to pray would be most appreciated. I’m in the car a lot lately, so I also try to pray for others here while I’m on the road.

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  14. Alleycats says:

    I am praying for everyone on this thread. You are so brave! Reading way back in this thread made me realize, how much so many of you have been through and continue to go through.
    I’m so humbled.
    Your prayers and God’s love have helped me. After 6 days bedridden, I was able to sit up in a chair for about 45 minutes without passing out. Slept for 4 hrs afterward, but it is an accomplishment just the same
    ZurichMike, I’m so sorry for your dad. I lost my precious mother in law, who was a mother to me early this year. I pray that God eases your dad’s suffering and when it’s time, His Angels carry your dad gently into the loving arms of our Lord.
    Justfactsplz, I pray for you to have relief and help with your family members. God will be with you all during your surgeries and procedures. The strength of your faith, and bare-knuckled determination, while you do all the things you do is awe-inspiring.
    Buzzybee, I pray for your dad too. How awesome that he’s had improvement. As for your stepmom, have you reached out to local Alzheimer groups? Or to your local church? When my mom in law was going through hers before she passed this year, hubby and I just had to point blank ask church members if we could get a list of volunteers who could give her as little as an hour, or more if able. Perhaps the same could be done for your dad?

    Dear God, please bless and keep everyone in this magnificent Treehouse. Please ease the suffering and uncertainty of so many families here. Help us to find peace in chaos and give us strength to keep going when things seem impossible, and not succumb to discouragement.
    I know your infinite wisdom is bigger than all of us combined. Thank you for loving us enough to offer eternal salvation, and most of all – HOPE…
    In the name of Jesus Christ, I pray,
    Amen.

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    • Buzzybee says:

      Wonderful prayers! Thank you, Alleycats. It does help to know we are not alone. So glad you’ve made some progress, even if it’s just a little bit. I pray that tomorrow and the next day and the next you can make even more progress. I agree with you in prayer…..
      Yes, Dear God, please bless and keep everyone in this wonderful Treehouse. Please keep them in your loving care, ease their suffering, and comfort the families of those who are in the hospital and those who are ill. Please grant us Your peace that passes all understanding and strengthen us to keep going when our circumstances seem impossible to cope with. I ask that You protect each one of us from being overwhelmed with discouragement and send us Your comfort. Thank you that You love us so much that You sent Your son, Jesus, to pay the penalty for our sins, that we may have eternal life with You. Thank you for the HOPE that you bring to us. In Jesus precious name I pray, Amen.

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  15. MTeresa says:

    Our Heavenly Father, Your children come to you today to ask for healing and peace throughout our country so that we may return to being One Nation Under God. Guide us to be leaders in Your Kingdom, spreading Your love and salvation to all. Forgive us our sins and deliver us from evil. Lord, we ask for a blanket of protection over all our troops and law enforcement who serve to defend and protect us. Bless our representatives with the strength and wisdom they need to achieve the path You have chosen for us.

    Please place Your Guardian Angels of Protection around Donald Trump as he seeks to lead America back to You.

    Grant us patience, Lord, as the evil ones try to anger us and cause us to fall.

    Spread blessings over Israel and Netanyahu.

    We humbly ask that You please comfort those who are grieving and in pain.
    Thank you Father, for Your Love and the gift of Life.

    In Jesus name, we pray. Amen

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  16. I PRAY THAT ALL THE VOTER FRAUD GETS EXPOSED TODAY & THAT DONALD TRUMP WINS!!! EVERYONE NEEDS TO SAVE AMERICA BY VOTING DONALD TRUMP FOR PRESIDENT!!!

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  17. Alleycats says:

    Good morning all. Just wanted to give an update and more thanks for the prayers and kind thoughts. I’m out of bed and able to walk short distances with assistance. Still wobbly, but the excruciating pain is finally gone and at least I’m upright!
    I couldn’t stay up to watch returns last night, so I said my prayers and went to sleep confident. When I woke this morning, Hubby was waiting for me with the biggest grin. He couldn’t wait to tell me that we won, as he knew that would make me smile.

    We’ll be following up with the docs Thursday and I really hope for good news. My spirit is renewed for the fight and I have God to thank first, but I have you all to thank too! When I first reached out, I was at such a low point, wallowing in my own sadness. You all don’t even know me and yet, reached out with love and hope and prayers (- and a little nudge – thanks Sha -) without any hesitation. I hope everyone here has a good day today, Lord knows you deserve it.
    Love to all,
    Alleycats

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    • Sha says:

      Don’t you know you can’t keep a good women down. 😄

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    • justfactsplz says:

      Alleycats I pray that God will ease your pain, that the doctor can help, and that you will feel better every day. Hang in there.

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      • Alleycats says:

        I am, thank you so much. You hang in there too. I’m still praying for you as well.
        I’ll let you know what the Dr. says today.

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        • Sha says:

          Alleycat How are you doing ?

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          • Alleycats says:

            Finally out of bed, but still can’t get through a full day w/o a nap. All-over pain is much relieved, Thank God!, but tests indicated new problems with heart and lungs. For now, I’m on mass doses of steroids to help me breathe. Now I need to add a cardiologist to the mix. Waiting for the hospital to call me to schedule a chemical stress test, they say that will give them a clearer direction.

            I’m trying not to be scared and stressed, and just be grateful for every minute of every day. I have given it over to God because I know he doesn’t want me to suffer, but does want me to take control of my life and health. I need to stop living for everyone else and live for me. It’s still hard for me to be out of work and not earning my keep, though. Baby steps, right?

            On a happy note – my wonderful hubby gave me an early Christmas present. He had been secretly working with Virgil Goode to secure tickets to the inauguration for us and we have a room booked near Quantico. He said “if we have to roll you in on a stretcher, you will see in person, President Trump swear his oath on the Bible. You can spend the rest of your life teaching the grandbabies about the history you lived.” He also bought me a beautiful custom-made cane to help me get around, lol. He’s so awesome.

            So, I have some goals to look forward to which gives me great motivation. Being in the Treehouse has been a blessing in so many ways I didn’t understand before. This last year and a half has been one hell of a journey… Thank you for checking in on me. I add you all to my prayers every day. I’ll continue to let you know as things develop.
            Love to all.

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            • Sha says:

              I’ll focus my prayers on your lungs and heart…….. I’m still praying for that full recovery in Jesus name ! I’ll claim your victory over your pain and say Thank You to God for that blessing. Your strong Alleycats fight your fight knowing that we will be right here with you praying for you. Congrats on the tickets I wish I could go but I’ve been pulling some 13 hour shifts lately(4 hours of driving a day) so see having some time off of work isn’t always bad . I’ll be poping in every chance I get to check on you . 🙂

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              • Alleycats says:

                Thank you darling. I go early Thurs morning for my nuclear scans, and whatever is revealed, I’m ready for it. In spite of everything that’s taken place, good things have come of this as well and for that, I am thankful. I’m done feeling sorry for myself, most any obstacle has a work-around of some sort. Letting people help me for a change (historically very very difficult for me to do) has been good for me too. Ever since I suddenly fell ill, the entire world seems very different to me…
                Thanks again for your prayers. They work.

                ZurichMike has been on my mind a lot these last few days. I hope he’s doing ok with his father’s illness. Pray for him too, will you?

                Love to all in this beautiful beautiful tree. There is peace to be found here.
                Alleycats

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                • Sha says:

                  Alleycat I responded to you a couple of days ago but it didn’t post. I’m sorry I’m just getting back to you. I have been pulling some long hours lately so I haven’t had my computer and the older I get that little cheap phone of mine hurts my eyes and is hard to see what your posting when you try to type on it. I’m praying everything went really well with your appointment. We all get down some times that just means were human . I have my moments (Were I get sad ) believe me there not pretty ……….. I have had ZM and everyone else here in my prayers and on my mind thats why I had to stop in the first chance I had.

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                  • Alleycats says:

                    It’s ok, Sha. The cardiologist office called late Friday. Scans showed my heart is functioning well, but my lungs are not. At least my pain is much much better, thank God. Next move is to see my primary doc next week to go through everything that has happened and all the tests over the last 3 weeks. We’ll explore the extent of lung damage and go from there.

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                  • Sha says:

                    Alleycat Well celebrate each victory you have, Thank You God for Alleycats heart being well . Watch over her and guide those doctors to find out what is going on with her lungs so we can celebrate her FULL RECOVERY Amen ! 🙂

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                • ZurichMike says:

                  I am checking in. Dad is in the “active stage” of dying now. I am so heartbroken. But he is in such pain.

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            • justfactsplz says:

              I pray your tests went well. When you are a doer and hard worker it’s hard to adjust to becoming disabled. In a 21/2 year span I had a spinal fusion, lost a kidney to cancer, a hip replacement, and died of sudden cardiac death, was shocked back to life, and given a defibrillator. At age 58 I was declared disabled. There is life after. Every day is a gift from God. I can’t do all of the things I used to do but there is a lot I can still do. You will find your path for you and you alone. Hugs and prayers.

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  18. buzzybee says:

    Dear Fellow Treepers,
    Quick update on my dad and stepmom. Things have taken a turn. Stepmom is still in hospital. Has a stomach tumor and developed pneumonia 2 days ago. Today we discussed pulling her off of life support as it does not look like she will recover. This was a surprise to all our family. Stepsisters have been awesome thru all of this. Thankful for that. Family seems to be pulling together, but we are all starting the grieving process. I’m especially heartbroken for my dad and it’s so hard to see him cry, but I know he has to process his grief. I don’t know how we’ll all get thru the holidays, but I’m determined not to leave my dad alone. I’ve been to hospital daily. JFP, all these trips reminded me of all you’ve been through. I’m exhausted and sad, but not as stressed as before. Likely we will look for foster care for Dad, and he is open to that. i don’t know when the Lord will take stepmom home to heaven. prayers that she won’t suffer at the end. pneumonia makes it hard for her to breathe. hospital gives her good care. She’s in ICU. Got to rest now. Hugs to everyone all around.

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    • justfactsplz says:

      You sure have a full plate right now. I pray you get a chance to catch your breath and rest up. Seeking care for your dad is an excellent idea. I took care of my mom as long as I could. She became legally blind and ended up in a wheel chair. Having had back surgery I couldn’t lift her. She lives the last four years of her life in a nursing home that gave her excellent care and she made friends there. She was close enough that I could visit her often. Prayers for your whole family, especially for your dad dealing with a bad heart and a broken heart at the same time. We are here for you.

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    • Sha says:

      I am so sorry to hear about your step mom. Lots of prayers are being sent your way for your family right now . ((hugs)).

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    • Alleycats says:

      Oh Buzzy, I’m so sorry for your stepmom, and for your father. I will pray to God to ease her suffering and receive her gently into His loving arms, and I will pray for God to give your father and you, strength to get through the process. I’m very glad your family is able to pull together for this. {{{Hugs}}} to you and hope your family can have a Happy Thanksgiving, in spite of the pain you are all feeling.

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  19. Buzzybee says:

    Dear Alleycats, Sha, JFP, Thank you so much for the support and prayers. Stepmom passed into heaven yesterday. I am grieving for my dad. He will be with us for Thanksgiving. Funeral is the Monday after Thanksgiving. Tough week, but God has provided times of sharing memories and smiles. Stepmom did go peacefully so God has answered those prayers. Stepsisters taking care of arrangements, etc. I’m exhausted. Have to care for dad almost daily although he’s able to cook for himself, etc. Biggest challenge is his loneliness. Foster care will help that, but he may need to stay put for the holidays. Therefore my greatest need/prayer request is for a companion to visit him once or twice a week. Someone for him to watch an old western with so I can get a break. I love him, but I can’t move into his house and still maintain my own w/ hubby, etc. Need wisdom as to where and when to move him. Home health comes in, but they don’t really provide companionship like he needs. They do provide the checking on, medical needs, etc. I guess nothing can really replace his spouse, and he has to spend SOME time alone, but I don’t want him alone for long periods. Funeral will be a challenge emotionally. Thanksgiving will be with my daughter, her husband, and some very good friends (a blessing!). And of course my dad, who plans to bring his special mince pie. Good for him to do some things he likes to do. It’s so hard to see him go thru this. Need God’s comfort as only He can give. Thank you dear Treepers.

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  20. Alleycats says:

    Buzzybee, I’m so very sorry for your loss, and for your father’s suffering with the loss. Thanks be to God for allowing her to pass peacefully into Heaven. I pray that God eases your burden and opens a path for assistance for your father.

    With that said, once your mind is able to focus on it, almost every community has a Local Area Agency on Aging. They are a great resource for finding help with what particular needs any elderly person may have and are usually listed in your phone book under “community services”. Another great organization is Volunteers of America. They are a faith-based organization dedicated to matching folks with volunteers in your area. They have a network for elderly needs from simply visiting the house-bound and lonely to full-on home care The web address is http://www.voa.org Check with your local community college too. Many young people have plenty of time and energy willing to donate to elders in need and are often organized on campus for that purpose. I feel certain your father possesses a wealth of knowledge and living history worthy of sharing with young people as well, which could help his mind stay sharp.

    If you or your father belong to or visit a church, don’t be shy about asking for volunteers to come visit for an hour or two, take him for a ride, go to the store, etc. We were surprised by the number of people in our church who had no idea my mom-in-law was even to the point of needing help until we made a request in church one day. They rose to the occasion and helped us help her, up until she passed peacefully exactly as she wanted – in her own bed looking out over her flower garden.
    I hope this helps, I want so much to give back to you and everyone who has helped me lately. You all made me feel so much better – mentally and physically – by just sharing and reminding me I’m not alone.
    God Bless you and your whole family. Try to get yourself some rest wherever you can. Easier said than done, I know, but please try just the same. Please let us know how things go as you’re able. {{{{{Hugs}}}}}

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    • buzzybee says:

      Alleycats, thank you so so much! Your prayers and caring mean a lot. It’s great to have a refuge to run to when we feel down. God provides the shelter of His wings when we need to take cover. I think that’s what I need to do for a few days. Taking Dad on errands tomorrow, and will get some of my own tasks done too. I’m learning to incorporate my own errands along with his, which helps. I’ll keep the treehouse updated as I can.

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      • justfactsplz says:

        Busybee, I am glad that your stepmother is no longer suffering. I lost my mother last year two days after Thanksgiving though they thought she would pass on Thanksgiving. I was the only one here to make her final arrangements so that kept me busy and my mind occupied for a few days. Your dad doesn’t have that so he may be feeling the full head on impact of her loss. He may have mixed emotions too being relieved that he doesn’t have to worry about her when he is gone. Keeping him occupied is a good thing.

        Alleycats had some great ideas where you can get some help. My mother was under Hospice care towards the end. After her death they were very helpful also checking to see how I was doing along with my minister who helped me so much.

        I don’t know how expensive they are but there are caregivers who will live in your home or you live in theirs. I don’t know if that is something to consider for your dad.

        I will be praying and thinking of you and hope you have a blessed Thanksgiving. Hugs.

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    • justfactsplz says:

      Alleycats, those are great ideas you gave busybee. I hope you are doing better and that your pain is more manageable now. Prayers for you too.

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      • Alleycats says:

        Thank you. My body may be getting down but my mind goes non stop. I’m so glad I can be of help in any way. Mostly I just drew on our experience with my mom in law.

        Unfortunately, I had another setback yesterday, wound up back at the hospital. This time BP went off the charts then chest pain came back with more breathing difficulties. Since my scans were for 8am, they admitted me, treated the immediate problems, monitored me all night until scans were done. We just got home an hour ago. Cardiologist and rheumatologist will read them, I should hear from one or both tomorrow. I feel better now, probably due to being loaded on meds, but hey – whatever works, right?
        I just keep praying all throughout the day and refuse to stew constantly in sadness. We are going to figure this out. Hubby has been a God-send, doing little things that make everyday life easier for me. We’ve grown even closer than I thought we already were… I showed him our Treehouse and why it means so much to me to be connected here, even if I only lurk to laugh at the daily antics in the President Trump threads/comments. There is a purpose to being in this Tree, I know it in my heart.
        Take care of yourselves, I’ll continue to keep you updated as I go along.
        Love to all.

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        • justfactsplz says:

          The tree has been a God send for me too helping when my hubby was on a ventilator for almost two months and at death’s door. We will continue to pray for you and keep us posted when you are able but don’t stress about it. We are here for you.

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        • ZurichMike says:

          Working my way through the thread. My prayers to Archangel Raphael the Healer for his protection and comfort.

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  21. Buzzybee says:

    Dear JFP, Alleycats and other Treepers, Thank you so much for your compassion and caring when you all have so much of your own problems to cope with. You all are amazing! Alleycats, prayers for your heart, BP, meds, and wisdom for doctors. please keep us posted as you are able on your progress. JFP, you amaze me. Let me know how things are with G and Gary when you can. Big hugs to all of you!
    Dad seems to be processing his loss okay, although I hate leaving him at night. The good news is we are closer and talk things over. He will stay put for the holidays, and I will pace myself to be with him about 4 days per week for part of the day, mostly for company, errands, and maybe spruce up at his house. I’ve learned that my worry about him is my problem, so asking God for peace as well as wisdom. Heart doc appointment on Mon. and we’ll discuss Hospice evaluation to see what his level of need for caregiving is. I believe part of my weariness is just going thru the grieving process. I learned when I lost my mom in law that grief can be exhausting!
    My dear daughter has a few days off and she’ll take her Grandpa to the store tomorrow. She is like a rainbow on a rainy day. I’m thankful for her and other wonderful people that God has brought into my life. I’m also thankful for this treehouse refuge. When I want to hibernate, I can come here. Reading some of the Psalms helps too.
    Blessings and more hugs to you, dear Treepers.

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  22. kim says:

    I am one of those people that just carries on no matter what. I don’t ask for help, I just do what needs to be done. But I am asking now for prayers for my husband Jim. Life has snowballed for me this year. My Father passed away after a long summer of decline, my sister passed away 6 weeks later from cancer and now my lifetime best friend is diagnosed with colon cancer and , maybe because I am sick myself (30 plus visits to the hospital with no immune system due to meds for rheumatoid arthritis) I am feeling rather pessimistic. Please pray for both of us.

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    • Ad rem says:

      Prayers are on their way kim……

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    • Sha says:

      I’ll start praying for you and your family Kim.

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    • justfactsplz says:

      Kim, I will pray right now for you and your husband. Father God, I lift up Kim to you right now that you would sustain her, strengthen her, and heal her failing immune system and the pain of rheumatoid arthritis. I pray that You will be with Jim and guide the physicians as they map out a plan for Jim’s cancer. I pray that you would comfort them both and hold them in Your loving arms. In Jesus name I pray, Amen.

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    • buzzybee says:

      Dear Kim, you and Jim are precious to God. Dear Heavenly Father, I ask that You would wrap Your loving arms around Jim and Kim, bring healing to Jim’s body and bring him victory over this illness I pray. I ask that you would bring healing for Kim and defeat the enemy of sickness that has been causing her so much pain. Precious Jesus I ask that You would bring encouragement and hope to Kim. Let Your loving hands be upon her and upon her husband for healing, hope, and victory over all illness. Please bring a sense of Your Presence to Kim in a way that comforts her. Thank you, dear Heavenly Father for hearing our prayers and caring so much about us that the hairs of our heads are all numbered. Amen.

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    • Alleycats says:

      Prayers ascend for you, Kim. I know very well the struggles of painful autoimmune disease, (I have PA) and trying to do for family as well. I pray for strength for you and Jim, wisdom for your doctors, and for God’s grace to lessen your burdens. Please never feel shy about asking anyone here for help or prayers. Vent your frustrations to us too, we’ll listen…
      Love to all.

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    • ZurichMike says:

      Good heavens, that’s a lot for one person to endure. You may count on my prayers.

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  23. justfactsplz says:

    Just an update on our situation with G. It has been trying dealing with her angry moods and all of the appointments and errands for her. Yesterday she went into another rage over a missing house key that wasn’t missing at all. She started shaking her finger at me, yelling and cursing. I told her not to yell at me and Gary slammed the “missing” key on the table in front of her. I am trying the best I can because I do realize G may not survive her surgery.

    G has pre op tests on Nov. 28th at Shands. That is 2 1/2 hours away. Then on Dec. 6 I go there to get the CT scan on my legs and follow up with my vascular doctor to see if they can operate on the veins in my legs. G also has a CT scan there that day. On Dec. 7 is G’s surgery. God knows I have been having a hard time physically so he sent G’s other friend of 40 years and she has volunteered to take G. all three days. That is a God send as my legs will not hold up.

    My artificial hip is failing badly and the other one is very bad. I am in so much pain I can’t sleep at night and walk again with a cane or walker. I fear I will break one and fall before I can get them fixed. Gary wants me to go ahead and call my surgeon and make an appointment. He says G. will just have to go to rehab after her surgery if I am having surgery or recuperating. G wants me to wait. I feel bad but there is no way I can walk around Shands and ride that long all of those days. I need God’s answer for me.

    Last night it dawned on me that one of G’s problem is she is having demonic activity and the Holy Spirit confirmed that to me. That explains the hoarding, filthiness, anger, and hatred. She really hates people and blames them for everything that has ever happened to her. One good thing is G. did tell me she asked Jesus into her heart. If so there will be evidence soon I would think.

    Gary is doing pretty good. I see him progressing ever so slightly but for the most part he is good. He has been busy outside of the new place. Lucky for him so he don’t witness a lot of G’s complaining and outbursts. Prayers will be appreciated. Love to all.

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    • buzzybee says:

      Prayers for you, dear JFP. I think your husband has a valid point, and it won’t hurt G to be in rehab. Demonic attack may be possible, but sometimes with a mental disorder it can seem like a spiritual attack that in fact may be rooted in a mental or emotional disorder. You can certainly ask God to separate G from her history and from anything sinful in her history that has a hold on her. If G has asked Jesus into her heart, then she should be willing to pray with you and be willing to repent of any sinful behavior she holds onto. You can ask God to remove anything around her that is displeasing to Him. You can also ask God to fill your home with His loving Presence and the work of His Holy Spirit. I will pray for you and G and Gary. So glad Gary is doing good right now. Prayers being lifted up for you and your situation as I sign off for now. Hugs…

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      • justfactsplz says:

        Thank you dear busybee. I pray that you will be able to get some much needed rest real soon. You have so much on your plate too.

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        Thank you dear busybee. I pray that you will get much needed rest very soon and that more help will be forthcoming for your dad.

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      • Alleycats says:

        JFP, I’m so sorry you are in such pain. I think your husband has a valid point, with regard to G going into rehab. She might be lashing out due to fear now that her surgery is imminent; fear that she might die and not know the Kingdom of God. Perhaps they can treat her mental state as well as her physical, which may allow her to make better decisions for herself. Like Buzzybee said, if she makes room for Jesus in her heart, He will certainly fill it. You did your Christian duty to bring G to Him, it’s up to her to do the hard work now. I’m so glad to hear your husband is doing better. I pray God takes away your pain, and that He guides your surgeons in their work to fix your hips. Hang in there.
        {{{HUGS}}} !!!
        Love to all.

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        • justfactsplz says:

          Thank you Aslleycats. I have put off having more surgeries until now things are so bad I will have to if I want to still get around.

          How are you feeling and how did your tests turn out? If you told us I must have missed it. Praying for you and all the dear ones here.

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          • Alleycats says:

            Hello, sweet JFP. I so hope you are able to get your surgeries and have amazing success with it. You have a willpower I admire, and even draw a little inspiration from. I prayed for your recovery and relief from the burdens you are carrying.

            I finally heard from my primary doc this morning, it took a while for all the blood tests, scans, and reports to be read and compiled. The good news is my heart is ok. The not-so-good news is my lungs, I have advanced COPD with Bullous Disease. In a nutshell, autoimmune disorders like mine sometimes cause the lungs to “perceive” irritations in the smallest air sacs which triggers hyper-growth of scar tissue. The surface-area capable of carrying oxygen then diminishes as a result. That’s what triggered the flare of my PA, hence the ridiculous joint pain and temporary disability. That part is finally under control, and my all-over pain is gone, thank God.

            Further study to determine the pace of the disease-process is what will be next. I go back Dec.1 to start on that road. From what I understand, there are treatments, and I just have to wait and see. I’m a fighter and a survivor – hence my nickname. I frequently joke that I’m a raggedy ol’ alleycat with about 4 lives led, lots of scars, and a half-torn ear to mark it… Whatever comes, I’ll handle it. On a good note, I went back to work today for a half day. It was a little rough, but felt really good to be out of the house and exercising my brain once again.

            Thank you so much for thinking of me. I had not known so much acceptance for me-being-me, and love from people, until I wandered into this tree a year and a half ago. I am blessed, I am thankful, and I love the branches I share with everyone here.
            Love to all, and special blessings for a Happy Thanksgiving to everyone here.
            Alleycats.

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            • justfactsplz says:

              I am happy to hear your physical pain is getting better. I have a daughter and sister who have both RA, lupus, and fibromyalgia. I have the fibro so between my family and me I understand chronic pain.

              I hate to hear about the COPD. I had never heard of the Bullous Disease. I pray you respond to treatment for it.

              I didn’t realize you had been at the tree this long. I came here four years ago. I just stumbled in when I was researching something and it gave me a link to here. It truly is a last refuge for many of us in so many ways. You have a great Thanksgiving too.

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              • LBB says:

                The posts regarding fibromyalgia prompted me to share this. I had this starting around 1995. It is very debilitating. Starts with various symptoms. Supreme fatigue and joint pain is what plagued me most. For me it progressed in about 4 or 5 years I was getting near wits end (was still working) and foresaw maybe even bedridden soon. Medicines & therapies didn’t seem to help. I know God was able to , believe in christian healers, and the newspaper had an ad that Barbara O’Malley ( in 2000) was coming to a facility near me in Illinois. I was healed that night as I lay in bed. Warmth & pulsating sensation through my body. At first a bit scary, then just embraced it and took in all in. Within 3 mos. you would never known I had anything.

                I have a close girlfriend who was told 3 years ago she had 6 mos. to live because of mesothelioma. Everyone was praying for her, but 6 of us laid our hands on her and just bared our souls to God. Doctor tells her she shouldn’t be here , that she a miracle. She says she envisions little Pac Man’s eating up the cancer cells after chemo. Maybe that is how God spoke to her. Sounds like it can’t hurt to me. Her last scan is stable. No more treatments , come back in 6 months. Praise God.

                I share these because they are options everyone doesn’t always consider.

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                • justfactsplz says:

                  LLB, I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia in 1999. I do believe in healing. God has saved my life twice, once from kidney cancer and once when I suffered sudden cardiac death and flat lined. I don’t know why I still have fibro because I do have faith. I do know that because of it God has given me a special compassion for people who are hurting. When the pain gets bad and I pray he does make it better.

                  My grandmother had terminal cancer. She went to see Oral Roberts and she was healed while standing in line to go up on stage. She lived another 40 years.

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            • LBB says:

              Alleycats,
              My mom was diagnosed with COPD about 5 yrs ago. She is just using 2 different inhalers right now, but made all the difference in the world. She is in much better shape than 10 yrs ago when she could barely walk to my streetside mailbox.
              I will pray you will be put in good hands and also be given a recourse to get relief and improvement in your life. Please keep us updated for specific needs.
              LBB

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              • Alleycats says:

                Thank you very much. That’s encouraging to know! I feel better than I did 3 weeks ago; am also using 2 inhalers for the time being, and I’ve made it through full-days at work Mon. and Tues. – big accomplishment. I’m hopeful for my dr. visit on Thurs. He’ll be ordering breathing-function tests to see where I am in the staging process. Chest CT in hospital is what picked up on the copd and bullae.
                Thanks to all for prayers and as always –
                Love to all in this beautiful tree.

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        • Buzzybee says:

          I echo the love and hugs to all. Prayers continuing as the Lord places His leading on my heart.

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          • Alleycats says:

            Good morning Buzzybee. How are you holding up?
            Prayers for strength go out to you and your father today as you lay your stepmother to rest. Lots and lots of {{{HUGS}}} for you today.
            Love to all.

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            • Buzzybee says:

              Thank you dear Alleycats. It was a tough day today, but we got through it. Can’t believe how wearying this all is. Feels like I’m trying to walk while wearing cement shoes… each step so heavy. Prayers and support greatly appreciated.

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    • ZurichMike says:

      You may count on my prayers for the entire family. A special prayer to the Holy Family to protect yours. A special prayer to Archangel Michael to defend G and drive her demons back to hell where they belong.

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    • Sha says:

      JFP Have your surgery and do what ever it is that you need to do to take care of you with out feeling guilty. As women we have a habit of thinking we must always put our selves last and everyone else first. I’m still praying for all of you and for you to find some help finding out whats going on with G.

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      • justfactsplz says:

        I know I have to do this for everyone’s sake. I am not able to take care of G. the shape she is in or could be in after the surgery. I have to be better myself for Gary and me. Then maybe I can help G. more. I think she will need rehab for awhile after the surgery if she makes it through it. My stepchildren’s grandfather recently died from surgery similar to this. Little particles from the aneurism broke off and went to his brain. Something has happened to G. to make her worse. She has always been a very unhappy angry person though.

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        • Sha says:

          My mom is like that. She always seems so unhappy and mad all the time no matter what.

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          • justfactsplz says:

            If you are an optimist it can really be unnerving. Life is to short to wallow in misery. God expects us to live in love and light. When bad things happen you just have to have faith that God will see you through it. G holds grudges against people for decades and decades. It’s not healthy.

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            • LBB says:

              JFP,
              I have been praying for things in your life too. You have been through so much in the last few months. You have great strength and faith. I agree with others that G may get a different kind of help if she stays in aftercare, if survives the surgery. Would G be willing to tell you what she asked of God to bring Jesus into her heart. Sometimes physically saying with lips or typing in words is needed.
              Continued prayers for all your upcoming needs. I will try to visit more often . Even though I don’t always post in the prayer room, I am reading and praying for all requests and ask God to watch over all who post here .
              LBB

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              • justfactsplz says:

                Thank you so much for your prayers. G had her pre op visit Monday. She will be on a ventilator and in intensive care after the surgery for a few days. She is refusing to go to rehab afterwards even though I told her that Gary and I can’t lift her if she gets down. I was hoping she would go so I could get my hip fixed. I have to get it fixed and soon unless God gives me new parts in place of the failing artificial hip. My body rejecting the hip is making me feel sick all over.

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                • buzzybee says:

                  Dear JFP, this sounds like an impossible situation. You’ve already been thru so much. I am keeping you in my prayers especially thru this week as the Lord impresses your needs upon my heart. May God bless you and keep you in the protection of His loving care.

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                  • justfactsplz says:

                    Thank you. I really need prayers for my artificial hip that my body is rejecting. I have a cat scan at Shands the day before G’s surgery. She gets her cat scan that same day. I can’t sleep because of the pain. Moving the leg, sitting, standing, laying, it all is very painful.

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                  • buzzybee says:

                    So truly sorry for the pain you’re in. Prayers going up for you…

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  24. ZurichMike says:

    The hospice nurse confirmed today that my father is transitioning to “active dying”. Given his condition, it will be a relief from agonizing pain for him to slip away, but just hearing those two words has wrecked me. My heart is truly aching right now and I have been weeping so much. I had to see my once robust and life-filled father suffer like this, and for my mom and siblings to have to witness his decline in health.
    Sacred Heart of Jesus, pray for us.
    Immaculate Heart of Mary, pray for us.

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    • Alleycats says:

      ZurichMike, I prayed to God for and end to your father’s suffering, and for Him to take your emotional burden. It is so hard to watch someone you love leave this earth; truly the harshest test of our faith, in my opinion. From what I see, your faith in God is strong and you know you will be with your father again in the Kingdom of Heaven. He will be made strong and vibrant once as he is united with merciful God. That in no way diminishes yours and your family’s pain and grief right now, and for that I am so very sorry. I wish I could say something to make you feel better. Please just know that we are all here praying daily. Lots and lots of {{{HUGS}}} for you.
      Love to all.

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    • sundance says:

      There is no external pain as consuming as the internal pain of this loss.

      There are no worthy words which can dissuade that pain.

      But we can pray for comfort.

      And we can also stand quietly, right here – beside you, with love, without limit.

      And so we shall.

      Steadfast.

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    • Sha says:

      ZM ((hugs)) It’s hard to see some one you love suffer . It’s times like these that I wish I had the right words to ease your pain but I know words aren’t enough……….. so I’ll just pray for you all.

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    • justfactsplz says:

      I am crying for you as I write this because I care so much about your pain in this impending loss. It was a year ago this week when I was in your position with my mother. I thought I couldn’t get through it but through God’s grace I did. He was there with me as I watched her take her last breath and through the days and weeks after that. He is with me now this week as it has been tough. It is my prayer that He will be with you like that and strengthen you while you need to be strong and then to comfort you when you must cry and grieve. You are so close to Him that I know you will feel His presence standing right beside you. I will continue to pray for you and your family as you walk this path.

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    • Ad rem says:

      Please accept my loving and gentle prayers for you and your family Mike. If only I had the words to ease your pain…….

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      • ZurichMike says:

        Thank you so much. I slept a few hours and am just kind of staggering around waiting for “that call”.

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        • justfactsplz says:

          I am just checking in on you Mike. I pray that you will be able to get more rest than you have so far. Please don’t wear yourself down waiting for “that call”. It may not come real soon. Sometimes these things take awhile longer. The human will is very strong and can hang on when you wonder how they can. When your dad is ready and the Father is ready to receive him, the angels will bring him to his everlasting home where he will suffer no more. I ask God to strengthen and comfort you in your grief. Even though we can’t be by your side know we are with you in the Spirit.

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    • WeeWeed says:

      Prayers for all you, Mike. Let us know if we can help in any way.

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    • Patriot1783 says:

      I’m sorry Zurich Mike, please take comfort that your father is in good hands and being given every form of comfort from the hospice workers and surrounded by love both here on earth and from those family members waiting to greet him.
      Love and strength.

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    • Menagerie says:

      Mike, as you well know from your upbringing, and from your own faith journey, your father joins his suffering to Christ’s, and there is value and reason for it. I am so deeply sorry for the pain it causes you, and your mother and siblings as you wait and pray with your father. You pray with words, he prays with his very life and sufferings, and our compassionate Lord is with him every moment.

      As you know, my prayers are with you all my friend. I think often of you, and pray frequently.

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    • lovely says:

      Prayers for you and yours Mike. I have no words, just love and prayers.

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      • ZurichMike says:

        Thank you, lovely. It’s a sad, frustrating waiting period.

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        • lovely says:

          I imagine your dad has totally surrendered his soul to Christ and is now only waiting for his body to let it go. He is surrounded by love from all sides, both heaven and earth.

          Do you know that Christ told a saint (I believe The Little Flower) that of all of Mary’s names, Jesus most loved “Sorrowful Heart of Mary” because it was the name that she earned, every other title was totally graced to her.

          So your weeping is in good company.

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    • zephyrbreeze says:

      I’m so sorry to hear this. I’m praying for your heart, and comfort for your family. I pray there are no other complications. Love will see you through.

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      • ZurichMike says:

        Thank you. We are waiting. — a fee days more us what we are told.

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        • Alleycats says:

          Dear ZurichMike, I couldn’t think of good enough words to help encourage you so I’m sharing the words I say to myself when I get afraid or worried-sick. I hope it helps in some way.
          The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.
          He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: He leadeth me beside the still waters.
          He restoreth my soul: He leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for His name’s sake.
          Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.
          Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.
          Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever.
          Amen.
          Hugs to you, ZM.
          Love to all.

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  25. CatherinesMom says:

    Dearest Treepers,

    After always coming here in the morning to prayer for and with you on some very serious concerns, I feel a bit sheepish to ask for this prayer.

    But my 8 year old shih-tzu, Bart is lost. At noon today, he escaped my car while I went into gas station. He crossed a major state highway and despite many motorists stopping to conjole him to come to them-he moved on. I was able to follow his snow prints, but they literally just stopped. He is lost in a very wild part of a forest. It is snowing outside heavily, it’s not too cold, only 32F. After searching for him until dusk, I worry about him and his safety. And our ability to find him.

    So please consider praying with me to St. Francis and St. Anthony and any other prayers you wish to share for his safe return home.

    Thank you.

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    • justfactsplz says:

      Oh, CatherinesMom, I am so sorry your beloved pet Bart is missing. I have a big animal family and they are just that, members of the family. I know your are worried sick for his safe return. I pray that God will protect Bart and bring him safely back to you.

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  26. CatherinesMom says:

    Thank you justfactsplz and all Treepers for your prayers. They have been answered!! Bart was truly lost. A family that lived on the old logging road kept searching for him after I left, unbeknownst to me. In dark, cold and blizzard like conditions they searched for Bart. Found him. Due to weather I won’t be able to drive tonight to retrieve him. Weather permitting he will be home tomorrow morning. Currently he is being given a warm bath.

    To think of the generosity of this family to go out in this weather of heavy snowfall, winds, while dark with no moon and just look for him touched my heart. But to find him took some guts, fortitude. They are just as happy to have found him for us-they took the loss of Bart to heart. I will be forever grateful to them. And to each of you that assisted with your prayers.

    Many blessings to each of you. May the Sacred Heart of Jesus and Immaculate Heart of Mary surround and comfort each of you. Hugs to all.

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    • justfactsplz says:

      Praise God for caring about everything that affects us. God is truly great. I am so tickled that Bart has been found. I prayed again before I checked back here. Over decades I have found dogs and returned many to their rightful owners. A few the owners could not be found and I would end up keeping them. I know how I would feel to lose a dog. I recently lost a cat in a move and not knowing what happened to her was heartbreaking. So happy for you and may God bless those good Samaritans.

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    • Sha says:

      Thats really good news.

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  27. Alleycats says:

    Good morning beloved Treepers. I hope everyone here was able to have a good Thanksgiving. I had a good day myself for which I am eternally grateful, especially now….

    ZurichMike, I thought about you many times yesterday while my family was gathered. God has surely wrapped you in His arms and lifted the shock that was so much turmoil for you.
    I pray He continues to hold you and help you and your family grieve your pain and loss. Take care.
    Love to all.

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  28. zephyrbreeze says:

    Everyone’s problems are so BIG. All my children are happy and healthy.

    My phone is lost, again. Somewhere in the house. Again. I’ve prayed. I need more. I’m getting a migraine.

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    • justfactsplz says:

      I once lost a sewing needle in a shag carpet and worried my toddlers might get a hold of it. I prayed and prayed. I finally asked the Holy Spirit to show it to me and there it shined bright right before my eyes. Praying you find your lost phone and God will take away your migraine. God cares about all of our requests, both big and small.

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  29. ZurichMike says:

    Dear Treepers,

    At 9 pm Sunday evening, my father passed away quietly and peacefully at home. He was 88 years old. He and my mother (age 85) were married 61 years. They have 5 children and 9 grandchildren. Two of my three brothers, a sister-in-law, my sister, brother-in-law, and her two children were with my mother at the time. It is especially difficult for my sister, to whom the largest burden of support fell (she lived closest to them, and she was especially close to my father, as the only daughter of five children and youngest child can be!).

    Although expected after his rapid decline in health after his cancer spread so quickly in October, it is still a shock. Thank you to all of you for your prayers and messages of support during the past year. My partner and I will be flying over for the funeral which will probably take place in the middle of the coming week.

    May I ask you in your Sunday devotions — at church or at home or wherever you might be — to please keep my father and my family in your prayers.

    Thank you.
    ZurichMike

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    • justfactsplz says:

      I know your father is in heaven with all of it’s Glory. He is no longer suffering and has a new body. You will join him there one day. I pray for your mother and the rest of the family as they make preparations for his funeral and for comfort. I pray for you and your partner for safe travel and that God will start the process of healing your broken heart. I pray that God will lead your partner in how to best “be there” for you and your needs during this difficult time.

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      • ZurichMike says:

        Thank you so much. The most amazing and awesome (truly “awe”) part of this journey has been the strength my family has shown through faith, and hearing from unlikely people how much my father meant to them personally. Very touching. He had a wonderful life.

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        • Alleycats says:

          ZurichMike, I’m so sorry for your loss. I pray that God carries you and your entire family through your grief so that you emerge stronger and closer. Take comfort in the knowledge that your father is free from pain and sorrow, and that he will now be in Heaven watching over your family who loved him, fought for him, and cared for him until the end of his time on this earth. I know it won’t be easy, but God will get you through it.
          Prayers for a safe trip.
          Love, Alleycats.

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    • stella says:

      Dear Mike, you will be in my thoughts especially this week, and in prayer.

      Losing a parent is one of the most difficult times. He will always be with you in your thoughts, and I am sure he is now truly at rest, and gone to be with the Father in Heaven.

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    • Menagerie says:

      Eternal rest grant unto him, oh Lord, and may perpetual light shine upon him. May the soul of your faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace.

      I will remember him especially when I recite my Divine Mercy chaplet today Mike. My prayers are with you and your family. As do so many Catholics, I practice extra devotions in November and I will include your father.

      I am deeply sorry for your loss. May God comfor you and yours in this time.

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      • ZurichMike says:

        Thank you, Menagerie. We kiddingly call our mother “Super Catholic” because of her ardent devotion and understanding of the liturgical year. My father’s passing on the last day of Ordinary Time ends one liturgical year. I know my mother will take this personal reminder at the start of the new liturgical year this first Sunday of Advent to find new strength.

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        • amwick says:

          Dear Mr. Mike,
          I am lighting a candle for your father. I am so very sorry for your loss. Some people would say that at 88 he had a full life,,, my heart is whispering that, no matter how old, he was you dad… it doesn’t matter. I am sorry for the pain that I am sure you feel… What I know is that you will be comforted by your faith, as will the rest of your family. Bless and keep you all.

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    • Ad rem says:

      Much love and prayerful thoughts going out to you and your family Mike. The intelligent and soulful man you are today is a credit to the kind of man your father must have been. I’m hoping you and your partner have a safe journey this coming week, and know that you’ll find comfort and blessings seeing your entire family once again. ❤

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    • lovely says:

      Mike, I had a very beautiful priest who once said that the problem with many people is that they think we are either called to live always in the glory of the resurrection or in agony at the foot of the cross. The truth is we are called at most times to live somewhere in the middle.

      Right now you are at the foot of the cross. I know that there is little comfort in this time other than the promise of faith, hope and love. Love that was, is and always shall be.

      Take comfort that your dad is no longer at the foot of the cross, or in the relative comfort of the middle, but he is basking in the glory of the resurrection. The journey is hard but the reward is great.

      May God comfort you and yours, let your partner be strong, that is why God gives us companions to lighten our load when we are too near the cross to bear our own weight.

      Much love.

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    • Sha says:

      ZM I’m sorry to hear about your father . I haven’t stop praying for or thinking about your family since the last time I was here. ((hugs)) and safe travels to you and your partner .

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    • buzzybee says:

      ZM, so sorry for your loss. Wishing you safe travel. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. We just went thru the funeral today for my stepmom, so I understand what you’ll be facing. However it is a comfort to be with family at this time. Even though we were all sad today, we all were also closer today.

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    • LBB says:

      ZM,
      I visit our prayer room here to pray for all those who post. Many were praying with you through your painful journey and I am now just finding out of your Dad’s passing. You have shared your family and your feelings with us and we feel the loss when a loved one is no longer here in body with us.
      Each family member’s relationship to another is different and I pray God help comfort each of you in his individual way. Added prayers to your sister, Daddy’s little girl, which brings tears to me even after 20 yrs because it is a special relationship.
      I will keep your family in prayer and light a candle in my home for your Dad & others who have passed since the last time I read here.
      LBB

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    • Cetera says:

      Hey ZM, just wanted you to know that I’ve been praying for you and your dad and your whole family. I don’t make it to the Tree House very frequently much these days, but I pray for you (each of you here, really) as often as I can and remember.

      May the promise of Christmas bring you and your family hope, peace, and love.

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      • ZurichMike says:

        Thank you, Cetera. We just returned from the wake and funeral — it was sad, but also a wonderful send-off for a great man.

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  30. Sha says:

    Well I’m at the motel down from were I have been working for over 3weeks and I pull up to my room to find a bunch of drinking men in front of the stair case were I had to go up stair’s. I felt weird about it so I went and ask for another room but they didn’t have any.I have been pulling long hours driving over 4hour a day plus 10 or more hours on top of that so I decided to try to stay but I’m not to sure I made a good decision. I went past them and since one was staring right in my face I said hello and then went on past. I hope I have a car tomorrow….,.I don’t scare easily so I don’t know why I’m felling weird about this.Please say a little prayer for safety for me.

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    • Buzzybee says:

      Praying for your safety, Sha. please keep us posted on how you’re doing.

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    • justfactsplz says:

      I just said a prayer for God to surround you with His protection and get you in and out of your car and room safely. I also prayed that your car would be okay. You need a little something in your pocket that I bought yesterday for protection.

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    • Sha says:

      Thank you buzzybee and jfp . I must not have been the only one who felt weird about passing through those guys because when I got to the room tonight the was a truck backed in the spot were they had set up there table and cooler. There also was a police car in the parking lot parked. I sure hope this is my last week here it has really drained me. Prayers and ((hugs)) to all.

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      • Buzzybee says:

        Sha, I’m so glad to know you are safe and that police protection was apparently sent or at least a police presence to keep an eye on things. Let us know when you’re safely home again. May the Lord God surround you with His protective shield and keep you in His loving care. I pray also that you’re able to get some good restful sleep. And soon.

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        • LBB says:

          Buzzybee,
          I know it has been a couple of weeks since my last visit here. My candle on Sunday will also be in remembrance of your Mother-in -law. I hope each week finds you stronger. Your presence here has been warm & caring. Besides , I have a fondness for bees and their roles and how supposedly they shouldn’t be able to fly. Defying the odds. My husband prefers to call me Little Brown Bear, but on occasion he calls me Little Bumble Bee, so LBB works for both. We got a few great bees here so I use the former.

          LBB

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          • LBB says:

            Sorry for reference to MIL . Will be in remembrance of your Step Mom.

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            • Buzzybee says:

              Thank you, LBB. I very much appreciate the remembrance. Perhaps my dad and I can light a candle for her as well. And actually, this gives me an idea. On each Sunday in December I can light a candle in remembrance of all of those loved ones who have passed. I did lose my mother in law in August of 2012 and I still miss her. Remembering people who have been blessings in our lives is a positive way of coping with loss. And I am thankful for the support and love of those around me still. And I have to agree… bees are awesome! We hope to attract some Mason Bees to our garden next year.

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      • LBB says:

        Sha,
        It’s always good to get word from you what is going on . I will pray you have continued safety so you can put your focus on your new job , in a new field, while in a new environment. Glad you only have one more week there.
        I do pray for requested posted and for God to watch over the CTH community in need.

        You are great prayer warrior.

        LBB

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  31. buzzybee says:

    I have a feeling there are many more prayer warriors sitting around this treehouse than what meets the eye. 😉 CTH is truly a blessing to me!

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    • Alleycats says:

      I hope you’re doing ok, and your father too. I prayed for him to have strength for the funeral.

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      • Buzzybee says:

        Thank you, Alleycats. Today was another tough day as it would have been Dad’s 40th wedding anniversary with my stepmom. Of all days it had to be TODAY for him to get the death certificate. We spent part of the evening with him. He did get through the funeral though and was resting when we left him tonight. Thanks for checking on me.

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    • Sha says:

      If you only knew ! 🙂 There are silent angels all over this tree house. When I first came here years ago I thought only the people posting were here. I had no idea you could just read and not post. There are some truly amazing people here. I hope your father is doing well .

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      • buzzybee says:

        Thanks so much, Sha. Dad has had a pretty tough time, but he is now over the worst two hurdles this week. He actually did get out a few Christmas decorations and put his electric candles in the front window. This speaks volumes because my stepmom loved to decorate for Christmas and I thought it would be too hard for him. I’m pleased to see that he’s getting out some things to brighten his house through Christmas. We will of course have him with us for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day; under our wings so to speak.

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        • Alleycats says:

          Buzzybee, Perhaps our prayers are being answered by your father honoring your stepmom through Christmas-decorating in her place. I’ll take it as a good sign.
          Please make sure you’re taking care of yourself too. Continued prayers for everyone.

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          • Buzzybee says:

            Thanks, Alleycats. I feel better tonight than I did a few days ago. Tomorrow is a caregivers meeting where I hope to find out about resources to get a visiting companion and housekeeper for Dad. One of my stepsisters will take him to the store. God is working.

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        • justfactsplz says:

          It is encouraging that your dad was able to put out a few Christmas decorations. I hope that things have settled down a bit for you so you can get some much needed rest. I hope the joy in the meaning of Christmas surrounds you and your family this holiday season.

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          • Alleycats says:

            How are you doing, jfp? Will you be getting your hip surgery any time soon?

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            • justfactsplz says:

              I go to Shands with G on Tuesday and we both get ct scans. Her surgery is Wednesday. Mine won’t be soon I’m afraid.

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              • Alleycats says:

                I will pray for you both. I hope G is going to get some much needed rehab and/or therapy afterward. Hopefully you can use that time to heal yourself some. Goodness knows you need it. May God be with you both during this time.
                Love and {{hugs}} to you, sweet lady.

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                • justfactsplz says:

                  Well G is flat out refusing to go to rehab. Gary says if Shand’s says she needs it she’s going. I have told her it would be hard on Gary and me if she was in very bad shape but she is only thinking of herself and calls the two rehabs she spent a few days in prisons. She pitched such a fit those times they let her leave and come home. I would like to get my surgery and be halfway recovered before she came home but that is not likely to happen. My hematologist needs three weeks notice on my surgery to get my blood levels right.

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              • Sha says:

                I am praying everything goes well for both of you. I pray G gets through her surgery and you are able to get yours soon . 🙂

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          • buzzybee says:

            After losing some loved ones over these past few years, and seeing Dad age the way he is, the reality of WHY we celebrate Christmas has struck me in ways it never has before. I cannot explain it, except to say that while before I knew that the meaning of Christmas is all about God sending His son to provide us with salvation, I now see it even more as God’s provision for His people due to His great love for mankind. Therefore this year I see our Christmas lights as a reflection of God’s love and a symbol of Christ as the light of the world. Before, it was just a celebration of God’s love. Now the celebration has more meaning for me. I pray my dad looks at it in a new way as well. I told him that I hoped he’d go to heaven where his wife is already and will be waiting for him. I am hoping he is talking to God; but I really do not know as I can’t see into his heart, and I don’t know if he prays at all. I’m still not seeing the fruit, so I appreciate continued prayers. I will keep you in my prayers tomorrow as well.

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            • justfactsplz says:

              Just keep praying for your dad’s salvation. I have had relatives that came to Christ later in life and sometimes it’s harder to see the fruit in them. I will claim him for Christ also.

              Thanks for the prayers for tomorrow. I have had a stomach virus for two days and hope it is gone by morning.

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              • Buzzybee says:

                Oh, dear, dear, dear… you did not need a virus on top of everything else.
                Dear wonderful Jesus, please lay Your healing hands upon JFP, and grant her a respite from all of these problems. I ask that Your love, and peace, and protection would surround her and free her from this tangled web of illnesses. Let Your Holy Spirit minister to her heart and cover her with Your shield and protect her today and thru this week especially. I ask for Your hands to be upon the doctors’ hands as they care for her. In Your precious holy name I pray. Amen!

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              • Sha says:

                I hope you are over the virus and everything went well with your test.

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        • Sha says:

          Buzzybee I’m glad you dad is trying to put out the Christmas decorations. It might remind him that we always carry the ones we love in our hearts weather they are with us are not . Take care of him and let him know he is in our prayers.

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  32. buzzybee says:

    And, dear Sha, I hope you’re safely back home again. Or at least far away from the ‘weird’ zone.

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    • Sha says:

      I’m going to be stuck in the weird zone for a couple of weeks but I did pick me up a taser.😄

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      • buzzybee says:

        I hope you never have to use it or even be tempted to use it or even wonder if you might have to use it. Will continue to pray for your safety.

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        • Sha says:

          I feel the same way. I hope I never have to use it either. I wish I could check into another motel but they have direct bill with the company on this one and a few more issues as to why I can’t stay some were else. I have gotten them to put me up front at the front of the building which seems to be better so far. Thank You for your concern and for your prayers. I hope you find the right person to help you with your dad I know that’s really important to you right now with everything that has happened.

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      • justfactsplz says:

        Good. Still praying for your protection. May God’s angels go before you.

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        • Sha says:

          Thank You for the prayers. I think being at this store to help out has been a learning experience but I look forward to having my own soon I hope.

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          • justfactsplz says:

            Will you have to move when you get your own store? I hope it will be close to your home so you will be close to your loved ones.

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            • Sha says:

              I told them I didn’t want to relocate .It’s suppose to be close to my home but they had a bunch of damaged stores when the storm hit so they have frozen opening the new ones until they get the older ones back up and reopen.

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  33. EricV says:

    I have a request: My wife is suffering from a bad case of depression. She is seeing a counselor for this but God is the true healer. Ask Him to heal her. Thank you.

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    • WeeWeed says:

      Prayers for your dear wife, and for you, too, Eric.

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    • Alleycats says:

      Prayers ascending for your wife and for you as well. Depression is very difficult for both the patient and for their family members to cope with. May God give you both strength and patience to get through this.

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    • EricV says:

      Thank you. It’s very difficult to watch someone you love in pain and the feeling of helplessness is itself painful. I wish depression were a physical thing so I could throw down on it! I’d make it regret the day it even looked at my wife. But i know with God all things are possible and that He is still King of Kings and the sovereign Lord

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      • Sha says:

        You are right about God all things are possible with him. I can tell you love your wife very much . You can help her by praying for her and by being there for her.prayers are being sent up for both of you until you tell me all is well.

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        • EricV says:

          Thank you Sha. Been praying for her for months and will continue! God set me free from depression in the past 2 years and I want so badly for her to be free from it so we can join together looking forward to a better future.

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          • Sha says:

            Has she been check to see if its something she can’t help like a chemical or hormone in balance ? With us ladies some times we can go through crying spells and depression and don’t even know why.

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            • EricV says:

              She’s been to her doctor and didn’t find anything physiological. And this has been going on for over a year now. She has started taking some medication per her doctor and counselor’s advice , at least for the time being. I don’t like the thought of her taking that stuff, but it may be necessary for a while.

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              • Sha says:

                Eric I don’t know whats going on in your life right now as well as your wife’s so the only thing I can do is tell you what happened to me and hope it helps the two of you in some way.I have went through depression bad depression a couple of times. Once to the point I didn’t want to live and once were I was crying and sad all the time and didn’t know why. The one were I didn’t want to live came from letting bad things that have happened in my life steal my joy. I had to learn to live in the moment and find joy in the little things and be grateful and thankful for all the things I have and not the things I didn’t . I had to let the past and all that pain go because it was stealing my life and my joy. The other was a hormone problems which with the right meds was easy to fix. Find what makes your wife happy a good cup of coffee, a beautiful sun rise or just being with you. Help her find her joy in the positive things in life,surround her with good things and good people.(don’t let her isolate her self) If it’s her hormones tell her to read up on whats going on with her and how she fells there are all kind’s of supplements to help her get her body in check and she will feel like a new women. I’ll be praying for her to find her Joy again. God Bless !

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                • EricV says:

                  Hi Sha,
                  The medication has had an immediate effect. She’s more energetic and asked me the other day why she felt so sad for so long. We truly have a good life and been thoroughly blessed. She’s still going to the counselor too. I am hoping that she will allow God to heal her. He never intended for us to carry all our burdens. Just His. : )

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                  • Sha says:

                    Thats great news EricV ! I am so glad she is feeling better. God help me so I know he can help her . 🙂

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                  • Buzzybee says:

                    Dear EricV, I can attest from my own experience that sometimes God uses counselors and even medications to help us. God does use physical means in our physical world. As humans at times we are tempted to limit our thinking about how God should heal, but God is sovereign and can heal whatever way He wishes. I’m tired this morning so hope this is coming across ok. If your wife is seeing a counselor, that’s a good sign that she is pursuing solutions leading toward healing. Seeing counselors doesn’t mean that God isn’t working. God uses others, both professionals and also lay people, to help us in our daily lives. A good counselor can help us open our eyes to see God’s leading toward healing. Years ago, I saw a counselor, and also pursued medications for hormonal problems and migraines. I can honestly say that God healed me in so many various ways. People also prayed for me. So God used a combination of prayer, counselors, and medication to heal me and help me grow.

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      • buzzybee says:

        Prayers going up for both you and your wife, EricV.

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    • Sha says:

      Eric I will start praying for your wife right now.

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    • justfactsplz says:

      Eric I just prayed for your wife and told Depression to leave her in Jesus mighty name. Believe in her healing and deliverance from this debilitating disorder. Where two or more are gathered in Jesus name there is he also. You are right, God is the true healer.

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    • EricV says:

      I am very grateful for all your prayers. May the Lord grant you all another jewel for your crown! : )

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  34. Katherine McCoun says:

    Just checking email and saw my husband sending out an email to his fellow workers…from our personal email. Odd. Opened it and saw he was telling everyone goodbye and it had been nice working with them as he was laid off this morning. Deep breathe. Prayers please.

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    • Katherine McCoun says:

      He came home 5 minutes after I read the emails, as I was posting the above. 20 people laid off at one time in one room together. All from same floor but different departments. More from other floors. Didn’t even have paperwork ready for anyone. Seems like a last minute panic decision as 4th quarter is ending. Real surprise

      I am calmer now. I am not used to unemployment insurance but at least income will still come in and he had already started sending out emails for jobs even before he came home. Will be fine. We aren’t loosing a loved one or experiencing tragedy. And on the bright side, we moved from a bad area out to the country while he had that job! Glad we did that when we did.

      And it’s a chance to pull together. My 10 yr old immediately went and got his savings and brought it to me to “help out”! I told him yo hang onto it a little longer but it was so sweet!

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      • Katherine McCoun says:

        Panicking again. I thought unemployment was based on a percentage of what one’s wages were at the job that one had just lost. Nope. TN max is $275 a week. Thankfully, we had a higher income but now trying to figure out how that will work if a job doesn’t happen very quickly. FYI – no matter how much one pays into unemployment “insurance” it is capped low and is not reflective of individual wages/salary past a certain amount.

        My son heard us talking about the amount we pay in per pay check and now what we would be receiving and he got visibly angry and asked us if we bought this policy from X insurance company like our other policies. No, I explained, this is not actually insurance but a government program so I guess we shouldn’t be surprised. He then said, But Mr. Trump was supposed to fix all of this! Sweet boy, thinks President Elect Trump can make everything perfect and that he practically walks on water.

        God is our source and a new job will happen quickly. Please join me in prayer for that and our family peace in the midst of a financial storm.

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        • justfactsplz says:

          Katherine, you, your husband, and son are in my prayers. I don’t know why so many companies choose to do this right at the Holidays but they do. It stinks. I pray a new job opens up real soon and I pray for your finances.

          My husband broke his neck and back at work when he was 48 years old and became disabled. I managed to work until I was 57 and became disabled. Two of those low fixed incomes was a real blow. But God has always been there and helped us to make it. We had to give up a lot of things and learn new ways to save on spending and we manage. Just keep your faith and God will take care of your needs. The job market is now more promising than it was a month ago. Keep us posted.

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        • buzzybee says:

          Prayers going up for you, Katherine. Keep teaching your son about the realities of life; it sounds like he’s a bright boy who can quickly figure some things out. My husband was out of work for several months many years ago and I still remember how I felt and how anxious I was. I can sympathize. I will pray for God to make it clear to both you and your husband how to proceed in making ends meet while searching for a new job. Keep us posted.

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    • Sha says:

      Katherine I will have you both in my prayers because I have been were you are and it hasn’t been that long ago. Sometimes God shuts a door to open a better one for you. God Bless.

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    • EricV says:

      Where are you in TN? And what does your husband do?

      I’ve been where he’s at. God is still good and is not surprised by any of this. He will provide for your family. Praying for a new, better job for him.

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      • Katherine McCoun says:

        Job was for a company in Franklin TN. We are south of the Nashville but looking for jobs in Nashville, Brentwood, Franklin, etc. Huntsville is an option but hoping to work in TN as no state income tax. Strong science/medical background, IT career, former programer, EMBA from Vandy, analyst, healthcare IT product owner/management. Looking for same or slightly more in financial analytics of product or … open to various and will program or other job as needed. During the early 2000 in RTP (NC) when IT contracts were scarce he had no problem delivering pizza, taking whatever job was necessary! He was up an at ’em this am and has 2 initial interviews set for tomorrow.

        Thanks for all the prayers. We have all adjusted and moving forward. Glad to be together, our boy is well, we live in the country, our country is doing great and her future looks good, thankful this isn’t a health crisis and that we have not lost a loved one. Have lost both of my parents and have ongoing health issues so we know what a real crisis is like. Money/job crisis is the least of the major life issues! Over all, it will be ok, MUCH to be thankful for and we will be alright as it will all work out one way or the other.

        Appreciate you all “listening” and encouraging.

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        • EricV says:

          Katherine,
          I’m in TN just across the border from AL and work as a developer in Huntsville and live in the country too! Love seeing deer and the Milky Way. We had a stray cow for a couple months as well.LOL. If you’re interesting in Huntsville send me an email and I can start checking around with my network(small one) here.

          I think in the coming year, a lot of businesses are going to expand and new ones start. This may be a great opportunity for your husband. I am praying that the Lord’s answer be more than you expected.

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  35. justfactsplz says:

    It has been a very long, trying, and tiring day going to Shands and back. The doctor was very unhappy about how swollen both of my legs were. The Cat Scan was on my abdomen so they could see how the two stents and IVC filter are and they are fine. He believes I have blood clots again, this time in both legs. The filter and the Coumadin should protect my life from them but they are quite painful. He thinks I have post thrombotic syndrome with permanent damage to the left leg. I have to return up there and have a special test on my legs to see if they can do surgery to fix the valves in the veins that have been damaged. He said I need to get to an orthopedic surgeon about the hip rejection.

    G. had complications on the table during her Cat Scan. Her heart rate and blood pressure was going extremely high to extremely low. They put her in recovery to stabilize her and then released her. I don’t know why they just didn’t admit her since her surgery is early in the morning. G. got a motel room for the night and her other friend she has had for forty years is staying with her and will be at the hospital for G’s surgery. Gary had to bring me home. G. will be on a ventilator and in ICU for a few days and won’t know anyone is there. I can rest at home a bit and concentrate on praying for her. She seemed very unhinged mentally today with all that was going on. I will keep you posted and thank you for your prayers. I love you all.

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    • buzzybee says:

      Prayers continuing for you, JFP, and sending you hugs long distance. May God continue to walk you thru this hard time and keep you in His loving care.

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    • Sha says:

      I’m praying you get the help you need and I’m glad someone else has stepped in to help with G you needed the help. I’ll be praying for you. Love you to , take care of your self . ((hugs))

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      • buzzybee says:

        Well, God has answered one of my prayers! Dad’s neighbor across the street who is a blessing and prays for us has a daughter (and a cute 1 year old baby) who needs some extra money and will do some housekeeping for my dad weekly for a reasonable fee. Hurray! Dad sounded encouraged this morning and not so depressed. Today is a better day. I’m thankful as yesterday was not at all good. I feel better about making it through Christmas. Prayers continuing for other needs voiced here.

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  36. justfactsplz says:

    G’s surgery went well. They said most of these type of aneurism are from previous blood poisoning but in her case it was genetic. The surgery was successful. The doctor said she would be on a ventilator for 4 or 5 days but when she got to ICU she was off of the ventilator. This is very good news.

    Please also pray for Gary’s daughter S. She had surgery Monday. She had a total hysterectomy due to endometriosis. Her surgery was also successful and she is already home recuperating.

    I haven’t heard yet when my test on my legs will be at Shands.

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    • buzzybee says:

      Thanks for the update. Hope you and Gary are getting some good rest and feeling better each day, even if it’s just a little bit better.

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      • justfactsplz says:

        We are trying. They are moving G out of intensive care tonight so she is doing well. I did get my appointment with my leg orthopedic surgeon for Jan. 10th.

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        • buzzybee says:

          So glad you got the appointment that you need. Also glad to know that G is doing well. Prayers continue for you to have rest and comfort and hope.

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          • justfactsplz says:

            Thank you. Gary and I are trying to rest up before G comes home which will be soon I believe. It has been so peaceful here. I got over the virus I had last week and now Gary is sick in bed with it. Hopefully everyone will be well for the holidays. Watched some Christmas movies tonight. It was the first time I sat in my recliner for any length of time since we moved here. It felt good.

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        • Alleycats says:

          I pray for you guys every day. Hoping you can get relief for your legs and your hip issues. I’ve also prayed very hard that G comes out of this surgery and hospital stay with renewed spirit and lets go of her anger.

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    • Sha says:

      I’ll be praying for Gary’s daughter and I am glad G ‘s surgery was a success and that she is doing well. I’m still praying for all of you .

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      • justfactsplz says:

        Thanks. They moved G. out of intensive care last night. They removed some of the tubes today. She is coming along real well. Gary’s daughter is home and recuperating fine.

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  37. Buzzybee says:

    A prayer poem for the Treehouse — by Buzzybee
    Have Your way, Lord
    When trials I face
    Cover me fully
    With heavenly grace

    When troubles assail me
    And tears start to flow
    Cover me still
    With Your Heavenly Glow

    Bring help to sustain me
    Through each difficult day
    Cover me softly
    In Your own gentle way

    Let now Your comfort
    And love gently fall
    Cover me always
    With peace overall

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    • Sha says:

      Thats beautiful ! 🙂

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    • justfactsplz says:

      That is a lovely poem. You are very talented.

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      • buzzybee says:

        I wrote it when I lost my mother in law (who was dear to me) 4 years ago. I hope it blesses others who are seeking God’s answers in prayer. It dawned on me when I was grieving my loss that God knows our needs and His comfort cannot compare to any other. On the other hand, it also occurred to me that we have very real physical needs, which is why the poem requests of God to ‘bring help to sustain me’.

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        • justfactsplz says:

          That part really spoke to me.

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          • Buzzybee says:

            Oh good. Sometimes I ponder on the whys of suffering (myself and others) and look at God with questioning eyes. But then I remember that He has numbered the hairs of our heads. Sometimes I have to meditate that if God cares enough to number my hairs, then He cares about all of our other physical issues also. When Lazarus died and the sisters were weeping, Jesus wept when he saw loved ones weeping. His heart went out to them in their grief. Yes, I think oftentimes God cares more about our suffering than we can even imagine. I don’t always know why He doesn’t wave His magic wand and heal your legs or my migraines or instantly heal other problems presented on this thread. But I trust Him and know that He does care beyond what I can imagine. So He is the One to Whom I go in asking for help to ‘sustain me’. Then I leave the method of help up to Him. That’s when life can become an adventure with God; the God Who has our best interests at heart and Who has numbered the hairs on our heads, and Who dresses the lilies of the field.

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            • justfactsplz says:

              He does care and He does sustain us in our sufferings. I think of the sparrows that He cares for. After my sudden cardiac death I saw things differently. Nature and it’s beauty was so vivid to me. I had never paid a lot of attention before. Every leaf I studied. God brought birds of every kind and color for me to see in my yard. I really enjoyed their beauty and song. Whenever I get down, sick, or hurting God brings a special bird up close and personal to me to remind me how He saved me and how important I am to Him. We tend to take everyday things for granted. If we slow down the Holy Spirit talks to us and we can hear Him.

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              • Buzzybee says:

                YES, indeed! Interesting you mentioned seeing nature as I was just thinking about that; how I have bulbs underground, even when the weather is stormy, and how they are preparing for their ‘resurrection’ in the Spring. We had snow recently, so we fed the birds. There are always various kinds that visit our feeders. And we have the added fun of our local squirrel (although we’ll have to protect the birds’ seeds from his greediness).

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  38. canadacan says:

    Prayers sent for Everybody

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  39. MaryK says:

    I went to bed the night of November 29 and woke up deaf in my left ear. It was diagnosed on December 6 as Sudden Hearing Loss. Prognosis is not good. I am currently taking steroids but have no improvement. Am experiencing a constant loud buzzing in my ear that is slowly driving me nuts. Please, I need any and all prayers coming my way. Thank you all.

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  40. MaryK says:

    I appreciate it. Thank you.

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  41. Concerned Virginian says:

    This isn’t about illness but a different type of affliction that I ask for prayers about.
    My son and daughter-in-law are signing their Divorce papers this week. I can’t tell you how sad this is. They tried for over 2 years to find a way for their marriage, which started so well, to work out—counseling, giving another go at living together during their separation, you name it—nothing helped. At least there are no children involved.
    They are parting as friends and we love both of them very much. I hope their wounds heal given time and they eventually find marital happiness with new spouses.

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    • buzzybee says:

      Oh dear, Oh dear… how so very sad. A counselor told me once that if couples put the same energy into their marriages that they put into separating as friends, they could save their marriage. I could recommend a book, but don’t wish to overstep my bounds. My mother went thru 5 marriages. My dad stayed married (remarriage) to my stepmom for 40 years until he was recently widowed. I’ve been married for 38 years and almost separated from my spouse once many years ago. I have a niece who is going thru her second divorce. She won’t deal honestly with her own neediness and set proper boundaries. She discovered the hard way that a new spouse didn’t solve her internal issues. I will pray for these two; to heal, and also to be willing to be honest with themselves and God before they try new relationships.

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    • Sha says:

      Prayers for your son and for your daughter in law are being sent up.

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    • justfactsplz says:

      This is always a sad thing for all involved. Have they tried to ask God to heal and bless their marriage? It sounds like they tried everything else. There is life after divorce and God can lead them to the right person. Things are very tough on families this day in age.

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    • Concerned Virginian says:

      Thank you all so very much.
      I told my son, the next time you marry, make sure it’s a religious ceremony—this one that is dissolving this week was a civil ceremony only. I said that a religious marriage ceremony takes a “civil contract” and turns it into a “commitment before God”.
      I can say that my son began to go to church during his separation. He understood what I told him.

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      • buzzybee says:

        Hurray! I pray he continues to seek God through all of these changes and growth in his young life. I will go out on a limb and recommend one book (slightly different than the one I’d had in mind earlier) as I believe it’s right in line with what you’re saying about a commitment before God. The title is ‘Covenant Marriage’ by Gary Chapman. I hope he makes some good friends in church who will minister to him and help him grow in his faith.

        Dear wonderful Jesus, Immanuel, Counselor, and our precious Savior; I pray for this young hurting couple and ask that Your will and purposes would be accomplished in their lives. I ask that the hurts they’ve endured would serve to be lessons that will help each of them to become wiser in the area of relationships. Thank you, dear God, that You are all about relationship and our need for that begins with our relationship with You. I pray that Your holy hand would be upon this young man and that You would help him to heal, and motivate him to continue to seek after You. I lift this whole situation up to Your heavenly throne and ask that You would do a good work in the lives of this young couple and their families also. Thank you dear God that You care so much about each one of us that you’ve sent us Your son to be our Savior and have sent Your Holy Spirit as Comforter. I ask that You would comfort this young couple in their affliction and draw each of them to Yourself that Your purpose for each of them would be accomplished according to Your will. In Jesus mighty name I pray. Amen.

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  42. Alleycats says:

    Hey Treeper friends, just wanted to give an update. Went to my primary doc on Dec. 1, he had me do a 6 minute walk test. Based on that, he ordered pulmonary function tests at the hospital, had those done this past Wednesday. I don’t think I did well, as I needed oxygen and a nebulizer treatment afterward. Even though I’m back at work full days, I no longer have much energy or stamina, I come home every day and have to take a nap or I can’t get through the rest of my day. That optimism I was riding on has gotten a little dashed, I have to admit… I’ll be seeing the Pulmonologist on Tuesday and I pray he gives me good news. I’ll let you know what he says.

    I haven’t forgotten about you guys – even if I’m not signed-in , or signed in and just reading, my prayers get said for everyone here on a daily basis.
    Love to all,
    Alleycats

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    • Sha says:

      I’m still praying for a full recovery ! Keep your head up and you eye on the prize. Your fights not over yet and your not alone anymore you have all of us praying for you. You still have a lot of fight left in you .((hugs)).

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    • buzzybee says:

      Thanks, Alleycats for continued prayers. I think you have courage. If I had the pulmonary problems you’ve described I’m sure I couldn’t be working. And I’d need more than just a nap at the end of a work day. I hope you can be encouraged as I think you’re doing wonderfully well to work all day and need only one nap. I can’t think of anyone I know who would have much energy or stamina under the conditions you’ve described. So, may I offer an advisory I learned from a counselor years ago? She used to say; “be gentle with yourself.” I had to learn not to be so hard on myself. Nothing wrong with a good, refreshing nap. I’ve even seen young high-schoolers in need of naps (which they didn’t always get, so they became overtired). Take heart, dear Alleycats. You’re making wonderful strides and I think it’s awesome you’re working full days. I’d be begging for just part time if I had the physical problems you’ve mentioned. Did you know that Winston Churchill took short 5 minute naps (I read somewhere)? And Jesus Himself napped in the fishing boat. So you’re in good company! May God bless you and keep you in His loving care as you continue this journey. Will look forward to your update from the pulmonologist.

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    • justfactsplz says:

      More prayers are being sent up for you Alleycats. The fact that you are working full days is a testament to your fortitude. You deserve the naps. I pray God will heal you completely. Much love and hugs sent your way.

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  43. Alleycats says:

    Dear Sha, Buzzybee, and JFP,
    Thank you so much for your encouragement. I sometimes feel like I ride a roller coaster; one day I’m up and loving everything, the next day I’m in the bottom, feeling like I’m jerked around unexpected curves. I think I’m just nervous and scared about all the “unknowns”. I like facts, I can deal with facts. And you are right, Buzzy – I’ve always pushed myself very hard and still do.

    God IS with me, I know this. I just have to find a way to accept that His plans and my plans, aren’t necessarily going to be one and the same. I do so appreciate the love, hugs, advice, and prayers from all of you here. Treepers are the best and I’m so very grateful for my branch.
    Love you all!
    Alleycats

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    • Sha says:

      Alleycat You have the ups and downs because you are human and sometimes these battles we have to go through take a lot out of us , sometimes to the point we don’t even know how we will take the next step. All I can tell you is your a wolverine now and part of the treeper family which means when most people give up we get mad and fight even harder. We let God guide us and we band together in prayer for what ever comes our way and we face it all together like a family should hand and hand. We will be here for you side by side in prayer ,always wanting and praying for the best for you . We will celebrate each victory you have over what ever this is that is trying to pull you down. (As you can tell I don’t give up easy) FULL RECOVERY in Jesus name I pray Amen ! 🙂

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  44. Monroe says:

    In the grand scheme of things, my problem isn’t as serious as other’s issues.

    The other night, a co-worker threatened me and stalked me around the store. I’m waiting for management’s resolution to this incident. I really need this job and the facts support that I;m the victim. But the other person is of a different race than me and I’m concerned he will lie and management will side with him. The union has not responded for my request for help. Over and over I see stories where the facts are ignored and companies go with optics. Sadly, I was being considered for a promotion.

    I’m really scared.

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    • buzzybee says:

      Oh, Monroe, I am praying for God’s protection for you right now. Keep us posted on your situation, ok? I don’t know what state you live in, but around here, this would not be tolerated. Stalking and harassment are illegal. I hope your store has cameras. You might want to consider keeping your cell phone camera handy just in case. There is a verse about drawing near to God and He will draw near to you. Draw near to God, embrace His love and plan for your salvation, and remember that God is love. Draw away from the fear i.e. don’t let your imagination run wild. Draw near to God’s truth. Meditate on His promises in the scriptures. Prayers continuing for you…

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    • justfactsplz says:

      Monroe, I just said a prayer for your protection from this coworker and that your boss will see the truth and that race will not be a factor. I prayed for your promotion also. Never feel like your problems are small. God cares about all that concerns us be it big or small.

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    • Ad rem says:

      Monroe….please make sure you DON’T leave your workplace alone. Have an escort or small group walk with you entire way if possible. Praying for you…..

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      • buzzybee says:

        This is a great idea. I wonder if when ARRIVING to work the same cautions may apply – don’t arrive alone or leave alone either. Praying that God provides at least a few friends who will look out for your well being, Monroe.

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    • Sha says:

      Monroe Never feel like your problem is to small to ask for prayer . I will be praying for your safety .

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  45. justfactsplz says:

    Gary and I have to go pick up G. from Shands hospital tomorrow. I always dread the five hour drive roundtrip. It makes my hips and legs hurt. G. has medicare and a good secondary insurance but they refuse to pay for rehab or home health care. I hate that. She is not supposed to use her arms, bend, reach, or lift. She is facing a 6 to 8 week recovery. We need prayers. I just finished cleaning and dejunking her bedroom and bathroom. She was hoarding again, even empty containers that she dug out of the trash.

    Please also pray for our cat, Charcoal that has been missing since Sunday morning. She was a stray at our old house. She came up eating the bread that Gary was feeding the birds. He felt sorry for her and started feeding her. He got very attached to her. She is an outside cat because she won’t use the litter box and fights the other cats and dogs. When we moved here at the end of July we brought her with us. She has never missed mealtime or gone missing.

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    • Ad rem says:

      Ima going to be sending you special “time-release” prayers JFP…..5 hours worth. ❤

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    • buzzybee says:

      Oh, JFP, such challenges! I’m praying for your cat, and also that God will prepare your home for when G comes in and stays. It seems to me that either Medicare or the secondary insurance should pay for at least some home health. Medicare paid for home health for my dad. Maybe it depends on what kind of secondary insurance she has. Prayers going up that God will make your home (and you and Gary) ready for when G arrives.

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      • justfactsplz says:

        I don’t get it. Medicare and her insurance paid for rehab after her first hospitalization just before we took her in. They also paid for home health care after her last two hospitalizations and she didn’t even have surgery then. They have spent a fortune on G. since last March so I guess they are putting on the breaks. Gary is so upset that she is coming back home in this kind of shape after a very serious operation. She just got all of the tubes out of her. I don’t dare start crying or I might not stop. I know God will help me do whatever I have to do.

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        • buzzybee says:

          Medicare covers just 20 days of rehab. I don’t know how they figure the days when there is more than one stay. And I don’t know if it’s 20 days per incident or 20 days per year. Please have the courage to set whatever boundaries you must. If you fall apart, how can you help G anyway? A good cry may let out some stress, and I think you’ll stop when some of that tension is cried out. I think it’s better to cry than to stuff it in, and better for your pain management. Yes, God will help you. Prayers continuing…

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          • justfactsplz says:

            Maybe I will cry myself to sleep and have a big pity party. I have to get up at 6 A.M. so I better get with it, lol.

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            • buzzybee says:

              Just a good de-stressing (not DIS-stressing) cry will suffice. I can attest that it works. So does a nice shot of good sherry, but the sherry is not a good chaser for medications. It’s a long shot, but is there a hospital caseworker/social worker you can talk to about getting some home health? Maybe at discharge when they go over things… The squeaky wheel gets the grease! And maybe a shot of good sherry… 😉

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              • justfactsplz says:

                Well I didn’t cry and did have half a glass of red wine. Instead of a pity party we stopped at an outdoor gun range in the woods on the way to Shands. I collected a big bag of spent shotgun shells to make wreaths and Christmas lights redneck style. Then I tried out my new Smith and Wesson 38 special. I felt all of the tension ease with each bulls eye I hit on the paper target.

                Today was another long day. G. walks around good but just is not allowed to use her arms for pushing, pulling, or lifting. She is actually in pretty good shape considering what she just went through. She only needed help getting into and out of the truck. She goes back for post op check on Dec. 30th. These long rides are hard on my legs as they swell worse and the blood clots in the left leg hurt something fierce. I’m staying in my pajamas all day tomorrow and sleeping in late.

                We are all three sad as Charcoal, our kitty is still missing. She has been fixed and always stayed in the yard except when she darted inside whenever the door opened.

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                • Sha says:

                  I will be so glad when you can get your legs and hip strait so you want be in the pain you are in. Last time my cat went missing a lady around the corner had her and she was in her house for about 8 months until my son spotted her . The lady thought it was her cat and the only way we could prove other wise was to get her to take it to the vet both of us used to prove it wasn’t . I hope someone is just feeding yours and she will find her way back to you. I think your fighting spirit must be rubbing off on G for her to recover so well. Lay around all you want in your pajamas and have a glass of wine for me to , you have earned it . 🙂

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                  • justfactsplz says:

                    Shands called me today. The slightly invasive test on my legs will be Dec. 20th. G. has to go back on the 30th. They couldn’t coordinate both appointments on the same day because mine is in the vascular lab and they had to work me in to get me in this soon. Those five hour drives are hard on my legs sitting in the car or truck with them down like that. It’s going to busy between now and then. Gary’s children and grandchildren will all be here Christmas day. Then my daughter and her family will be coming here from Tallahassee on Dec. 29th. My other daughter that moved to West Virginia I won’t be able to see for the first Christmas ever.

                    G. is doing so well, an answer to prayer. I don’t have to wait on her or take care of her at all. That is a huge help.

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                  • Sha says:

                    JFP I’ll be praying everything goes well when you go take your test on the 20th. Have a Merry Christmas and enjoy your family. I always love spending time with mine when they come down but I am wore out by the time they leave. 🙂

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  46. For my childhood friend’s mom, who is battling a recurring cancer. The doctor told her this would be her last Christmas with the family and she doesn’t want to undergo chemo because of how horrible it was the first time around. She is praying for a miracle and will be making a pilgrimage to Lourde’s, France where the Virgin Mary appeared; it is known for miraculous healing.

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    • Sha says:

      I’ll be praying for your friends mom.

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    • Alleycats says:

      Prayers ascending for your friend’s mom. Miracles happen, and doctors aren’t always right with timetables. My son in law’s father was supposed to be dead from his cancer, 2 years ago. He’s still here and living pretty well. Don’t give up hope.

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    • justfactsplz says:

      I have heard about Lourde’s, France and the miracle healings there. It sounds like your friend’s mother has a lot of faith and wants to be healed. Miracles of healing still happen and I am going to pray to God and believe for this woman’s healing. It is understandable why she is refusing the chemo. She has chosen a better quality of life for herself without the chemo. Please keep us posted and I will continue to pray for her.

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  47. Monroe says:

    Sorry, this is Monroe.

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  48. Dee says:

    Copied this from the CIA thread and brought it here so it could be seen by all you prayer warriors….

    Medtech says:
    December 14, 2016 at 8:19 pm
    I know I’m interrupting the thread with an off topic post. I’m mostly a lurker, and seldom post. I’m in the hospital with my eight year old daughter. If her heart rate doesn’t get stronger in the next few days she will have to have open heart surgury next week. Anyway, this is a open prayer request. Thank you.

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  49. buzzybee says:

    JFP, I’m so glad that G is doing better and that it’s easier on you. I’ll be praying for you on Dec. 20th. Easy for me to remember as that’s the same day my dad has his kidney doctor appointment. I fear he hasn’t been watching his diet as closely as he should His edema has gone up again so he had to increase his diuretic. He was sad today as he got a nice card from a couple that are friends to both him and his late wife. The card said the woman’s husband also had a bad heart with just six months to live. Reminded Dad that his doctor told him he has six months to a year himself, so he got teary-eyed. It kills me when he goes thru this. That was this afternoon. He sounded better tonight and I think is happy with his new glasses. The caregivers’ meeting I attended gave me some papers of info. One thing it says is that when you’re caregiving a terminal parent, your grieving process has already begun. Huh, why am I not surprised. We actually had a pretty good day today, just seems to be a lot of emotional ups and downs. If it weren’t for the migraine triggers, I’d have that glass of sherry I talked about before. Or at least a shot of red wine. Oh well. Cocoa and a pajama day. Or maybe chamomile tea.

    Anyway, I hope things are still going okay with G. I’ve noted that you’ll be missing a daughter this Christmas as she’s in W. Virginia. Prayers that God will ease that spot in your heart that misses her and comforts you in a special way.

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    • Alleycats says:

      Praying for you, as well as your dad. Cocoa and pajamas sounds wonderful! Savor those moments whenever you can get them.
      Love and Hugs.

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      • buzzybee says:

        Thank you, Alleycats. Much appreciated. It’s also nice to know that I’m apparently not the only one who occasionally needs a ‘pajama day’ to rest.

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      • Sha says:

        Alleycats How have you been ?

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        • Alleycats says:

          Hey Sha. I’ve been ok. I saw the pulmonologist last week, he told me the term for my condition is bullous emphysema, and it’s well-advanced. He started me on different meds, so far they seem to work a little better than what I had. I have to go back on the 27th for comparison breathing tests. My emotions are all over the place these days because I have low energy and no stamina. I pray daily for strength and understanding; I don’t want to wallow. It will be easier to focus after the holidays, I’m sure.

          Thank you for thinking of me. You are such a warrior!

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          • buzzybee says:

            Alleycats, you are very much in my thoughts and prayers this week. I agree that the holidays can make even simple challenges more difficult. I think partly because it’s such a busy time, and partly because of planning the family gatherings, etc. Anyway, sending you hugs and prayers.

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          • Sha says:

            Alleycats Your the warrior and don’t you ever doubt that ! I’m still praying for God to move that mountain for you . I keep having this prompting in my soul telling me to believe for you I can’t explain it , its just there. I’ll be praying for your appointment to go well. I had to go to the doctor today myself, I have pneumonia and didn’t even know it. I was just feeling bad and didn’t want to make anyone else sick at work or home. Please keep us up on how you are doing . I want lie to you and tell you I know how you feel because being sick can be scary and I have never had what you have so I don’t know what it does to you are how you feel I just know God has put something in my heart for your well being and I want you to know I’m here and there are a lot of prayers from all us going up for you. ((hugs ))

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    • justfactsplz says:

      Tomorrow will be another p.j. day for me. I did some house cleaning today and that shot my pain level through the rough, especially my low back. I have had one surgery ten years ago and have been putting off another needed lumbar surgery. If I don’t get these things fixed I will end up in a wheel chair so I am committed to getting these surgeries over with as I can. Like Gary said there is no perfect time and G. shouldn’t expect us to put our life on hold for her.

      I continue to keep you and your dad in my prayers. I went through a long grieving process with my mother’s long terminal illnesses. By the time she passed God had already helped me through so much that I didn’t grieve and cry until months later. I could not bring myself to go over a few towns to visit her grave until just this past month, a year after her passing.

      Please continue to take time for yourself every chance you get. It does help get us through the tougher days ahead.

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      • buzzybee says:

        Thank you, dear JFP. It helps to know that this is a journey that will take some time, although this is not a road I’ve wished to travel. I didn’t realize the grieving process would begin while caregiving, until recently. aaaaarrrrggghh This is so not what I’d have chosen. I suppose processing it thru over time is better than becoming like a pressure cooker. It sounds like the loss of your mom has been a difficult road and the loss still fresh. My heart goes out to you.

        I agree with you and Gary that there is no perfect time and putting your life on hold won’t help any of the 3 of you (including G in the long run). Thank you for the reminder to take time for myself. Interesting that one of the papers from my caregivers’ meeting says the same thing. Some days I wonder how I’m ever going to get thru all of this emotionally, even though I know God is with me. But I read somewhere that a good night’s sleep helps us psychologically, so I’m planning on extra sleep tonight.

        BTW – I may join you in the extra pajama day.

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    • Sha says:

      buzzybee I hope you and your dad make some wonderful memories this Christmas that will help you through your journey with him. I never have the right words when I know a person is in pain so I’ll just say this ,You both are in my prayers.

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  50. buzzybee says:

    At least I’m not having to grieve for the loss of our country like I thought I would 3 months ago. Such a relief!

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