Friday, March 20, 2009

prayers needed

This has been one of the most difficult weeks for me. I want you all to know that I so appreciate all your kind words, comments, emails and most importantly your prayers. I honestly feel them.

My family really can use some concentrated prayer this weekend......

Here is the situation. My aunt is in the hospital. She lost her ability to swallow and they placed a temporary feeding tube down her nose. She has a urinary tract infection and they are treating that through IV. She is scheduled to have a permanent feeding tube put in on Tuesday. Her doctor is saying that this is how it will be from now on if they put the permanent feeding tube in. She will be in and out of the hospital with different problems, but there is no hope of her getting better. They do not have an explanation as to why she keeps having these strokes, but it is obvious that she has only gotten worse since Dec and not better on any level.

Here is my prayer. my dad and cousin will be talking to my aunt this weekend to help her understand her situation....completely. Then she will have to make a decision on the feeding tube. If she chooses no, then we will look into hospice. If she chooses yes, then the permanent tube goes in and we go from there. Please pray for wisdom, for the right words from my dad, for clarity for my aunt to understand completely and for all of us to be ok with whatever decision she makes.

I can't tell you how hard this is, some of you may know from experience. But looking to either side of the decision seems selfish. How do you help someone you love make these decisions?

Only with God's help can it happen in a way that is honoring to my aunt. So, I am praying that the Holy Spirit will fill that room. That he will give my dad the right words. That he will bring understanding to my aunt's mind and heart and most importantly that he will guide her.

Lord Jesus, I love her so much and want only Your best for her.



thank you.


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15 comments:

LuAnn said...

Please know that your whole family will be in my prayers and wisdom will be granted. God be with all of you.

tiffany said...

Absolutely, prayers already being said. Remember that God is ever-present and has his arms around us, even at times when we may not feel them, in situations that we can't possibly understand.

Maria said...

I am very sorry for what your aunt and family are going through. We went through this with my own mother. She was 80 and on dialysis and she was given the choice to proceed with "treatments" and possible cardiac arrest, or to go home to the Lord. With tremendous grace, she said she was ready to go home. I admire her courage, grace, and faith.

Your family will be in my prayers. While we love our dear ones, we don't want them to suffer and spend their days in and out of hospitals. It is a difficult time, to be sure.

Sara@i.Sass said...

Sara, Know that I am praying for you and your family. What ever choice is made it is on God's design.
Love to you.

Growin' with it! said...

i'll pray for peace and comfort for her sweet neice as well. hang in there sara.

2nd Cup of Coffee said...

Bless you; this is so difficult. I add my prayers to all who are praying here.

Esthermay said...

Prayer is echoed here.
Your heartache, difficulty and brokenness is known, understood and grieved also by our Great Physician!
I pray His Spirit is ever present.

TCKK said...

I'll be praying too!

Debra said...

Sara, I just said a prayer for your aunt and you and your family. This is a very difficult and heartbreaking situation for all of you to have to endure. May God's grace and mercy carry you through! Lamentations 3:22-25

Edie said...

I'm so sorry Sara. I am praying for your aunt and for your family. God be with you.

Isaiah 41:10

Mocha with Linda said...

Just saw this. Hugs to you and praying.

Becky said...

(((hugs))) and prayers.

Smilingsal said...

Against her will, my aunt had a feeding tube put in after a stroke left her without any abilities except to hear and think. She lived three long years more. What a crime.

Rach@In His Hands said...

Praying, Sara! Peace be with all of you as His best for her is revealed. Love to you, friend.

Michele Williams said...

We are praying for your family at this most difficult time. God will give you all the wisdom, grace and comfort.

God bless you...