Well, we thought Mom would be home by this time, but there have a few minor complications. We knew she would have problems with her bowels after all the pain medication, so we kind of expected all this. They did a CT scan Sunday and found no obstructions. They also placed an NG tube in her nose to relieve all the stomach acid and it helped tremendously. My sister, Lucille Tacket Graves, was with her yesterday when I left and she said Mom had slept the whole time. So, she must be feeling better. Keep her in your prayers and I know she will appreciate it so much.
All her Senior Citizen friends have asked about her and want her to know they are thinking about her and praying for her. All our No Limits Fitness friends are also very concerned about her and ask about her daily. Irene Banks is also one of her good friends at the rec center. She calls Mom her Sunshine. We love her dearly.
Jo Ella Taylor Sturgill, one of Mom’s former Marlowe friends, has been posting on Facebook her husband’s heart problems, also. His is completely different than Mom’s though. Jo Ella is asking everybody to keep them in your prayers. This was her first post about his doctor’s appointment.
“We did not get good news at the Dr. Today. Darrell’s heart function is still 30 to 32%. He will have a heart catherization ASAP tomorrow at 1. If there are no blockages then he will be sent to Lima as soon as Friday to have a defibrillator implanted. Please keep him in your prayers. His anxiety and nerves are over the top. He really needs all your prayers. Thanks.”
After this she posted again,
“Darrell is out of surgery and doing good. The doctor said they had a hard time getting the old wires out from the pacemaker and putting new ones in for the defibrillator and pacemaker combo. He is doing good. Thank you for your prayers. Just keep praying for him.”
And then lastly.
“ We are on our way home with Darrell. He is doing good. A little pain and is sore. He has a lot of restrictions that he can’t do for the next 3 weeks.. After that things should get back to as normal as possible for him… Thanks to all of you for your prayers and good thoughts for him and I. We appreciate each and every one of them and ask that you continue to keep him in your prayers. God is good all the time.”
Then another one of our friends, Freida Buttrey Ratliff, wants everyone to pray for her step-grandson. She posted this.
“Please be in prayer for our (step) grandson, he will be having his third brain surgery tomorrow for a tumor that refuses to stop growing. Thank you so, so much. His name is Craig Unbenhauer, he is an amazing young man that needs a touch from our Lord.”
There have been so many Mountain Heritage activities going on this month and still more to come. I enjoy looking at all the pictures in the paper and on Facebook. I saw where Emily Faith Baker won the Miss Mountain Heritage pageant. Her maternal grandparents are Janie and Doug Benton and her paternal grandparents are Gerald and Delilah Baker. Her parents are Josh and Amy Benton Baker. Congratulations, Emily, and I know your parents and grandparents are very proud.
I’ll go ahead and end here by asking everyone to remember the prayers requested above and also remember the ones who have lost loved ones and are still grieving so much. And remember Oma’s request, try to be in church Sunday morning, also Sunday night and throughout the week if your church has these services.