August 7, 2012

Sanctity

By now, some of you have heard what our family is going through. This past January, I wrote about how my sweet grandmother had suffered a stroke and how she was beginning her recovery. Since then, she has worked tirelessly to move from not being able to speak or walk to regaining the ability to tell jokes and move easily with a cane. Seven months of hard work was finally paying off when she suffered a second stroke last Saturday.

As of right now, she is unresponsive. The doctors can offer little hope other than to say that she is stable, for the moment. And though we are all grateful that she is still with us, she left specific instructions about what she wanted in terms of her quality of life... and this isn't it.

So things may be a bit quieter around here than normal, between our hearts hurting when we think about the days and decisions to come and how that may challenge our beliefs on the sanctity of life. In the midst of all of this, we are still preparing to celebrate our littlest one's first birthday, knowing all the while that it may be cancelled at a moment's notice if a crisis should strike.

Despite it all, as I wrote on the Facebook page, these are the days when I am especially grateful for family and faith. If you are a religious person, your prayers are greatly coveted- both for my grandmother's health as well as the wisdom to act on her behalf in a way that she would find honorable. Once again, in the midst of these trying days, we're hanging on to this roller coaster ride... and intentionally appreciating the good moments in the midst of the bad.

6 comments:

  1. So very sorry to hear about everything that your grandmother and entire family is going through. It's a horrible time for you and I'm sending all the good wishes this comment can hold.

    We have been through similar circumstances and the toll it takes is tremendous.

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    1. Thanks so much for the good wishes! Yes, the toll is tremendous- surprisingly so. I don't know how we would get through this a second time without the support of friends and family as well as our faith to fall back on. Hopefully this resolves itself soon in a way that we can look back on and feel as though we made the right choices. Thanks so much for the kind thoughts and support! It is truly appreciated.

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  2. Prayers for you and your family at this difficult time. It is so hard to watch a loved one suffer and have to struggle to make decisions that are in keeping with their wishes as well as what God wants for us. Remember that God's time is wholly different from ours but He will guide you and your family and He is with your grandmother and all of you always.

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    1. Thanks so much for the prayers. We truly appreciate them.

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  3. I am so sorry to hear this. I can't imagine what it would be like to be faced with those decisions, but please know you and your family are being prayed for.

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    1. Thank you so much- the prayers are much appreciated.

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