Oct 31, 2008
Oct 30, 2008
Over the past three weeks several of my students have taken care of an amazing couple ~ we'll call them Fred and Thelma. This couple has been married for 62 years. They have four children ~ one, a son, is currently on life support at a local hospital. A daughter, who was having a bone scan today as she is a breast cancer survivor yet they are concerned in regard to some recent cysts that have appeared. Two grandchildren were just born with tumors in their eyes and are currently undergoing treatment in hopes of beating the disease and the list goes on.
Over the past few weeks I've watched Thelma love Fred unconditionally. I've witnessed her holding his wrinkled face in her hands, and speaking close to him so he can read her lips as his hearing isn't what it used to be. If his legs were cool she would pull the blanket back and rub them with her warm hands until he said they felt better. When he had a fever, she held ice packs on different parts of his body to help cool him. When the doctors told him he had cancer earlier this week and he only has one to two months to live and he curled up in a fetal position to die, I watched her become the best cheerleader I've ever seen in my entire life ~ did I mention she is 83 years old and will turn 84 in just a few days? I watched as Fred's eyes glistened when she is in the room and is telling him how much she loves him, not just with the words I love you, but all of her positive and upbeat comments that she tells him, and believes them with all of her being. I watched her pat him on the chest not once but 100 times telling him how we're all going to help him to get better, "just you wait and see". I also saw the look in her eyes when her son, along with the hospice nurse, suggested they go to their sons house to live as there is more room for a hospital bed and the care he will need. I watched as 62 years worth or memories flashed before her ~ I watched as she realized that when they came in the hospital they thought it was for pneumonia and after a few days they would be going back home ~ to their life, in their home. When she looked at him, she told him they would stay at their sons just long enough for him to get better and then they can come back to their home ~ the one they have shared together for 62 years.
You see, Thelma knows that Fred's days are numbered but she also believes that no matter what, you don't give up, you have to look at the glass not just half full but completely full until the very end. I have always thought of myself as a very optimistic person ~ if your given lemons you make lemonade and I can always find the silver lining in any cloud ~ sometimes you just have to look a little harder to find it, but it's there. However Thelma ~ she has taken the lesson of optimism and unconditional love to a level that truly takes my breath away.
As a nurse you always hope that you can be an encouragement to your patients ~ a patient should be given "holistic care" meaning we treat and look at them as an entire person, their mind, body and spirit ~ did I mention Thelma's strong Christian spirit ~ it's incredible! As an instructor, I hope I've taught my students at least a few of the fundamentals of nursing during their first quarter of clinicals. However, the past few weeks, I have to say that Thelma has taught me more about life, unconditional love, and what's truly important than any text book could possibly teach ~ and for this Thursday, I am eternally thankful...for Thelma.
Oct 29, 2008
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As many of you know we have been blessed with three of the most incredible, fun loving, considerate, and on most days, well behaved sons. With each year since their birth, we have been amazed to see them grow into unique individuals with their own personalities, interest and talents. All three boys have accepted Christ and are growing in their Christian walk. We truly don't think God could have given us any greater blessings here on earth.
A few years ago God planted a seed in Teresa's heart about adopting a little girl from China. Our life took a few twist and turns and she thought maybe it was just a dream and put it aside. A couple of years ago Curtis came and asked her if this was still something she was interested in doing, as he felt God had been working in his heart in regard to adopting a little girl from China as well. After a lot of prayer and discussion we agreed this was something we felt called to do ~ however, Teresa needed to get more of her schooling behind her as she is pursing a degree as family nurse practitioner. We felt God had called us to do this ~ just not quite yet.
I'm sure many of you are asking what the boys are thinking about all of this. Daniel smiled ear to ear and said "when can we go get her"? Jordan said "I want to go get her too, but if it happens to be during the state finals of basketball and we're in the championship, I won't be able to go". Nicholas said "I want to go too...do they have Kentucky Fr*ed Ch*cken or something I can eat over there"?
It is with great excitement, peace, joy and a little apprehension of the unknown that we are officially beginning the journey to bring Gabriella Grace home from China. The journey could be completed in as early as a year but may be as long as two years. We are requesting a little girl, under the age of two. As many of you know, Jordan was born with medical issues and would be considered special needs in the adoption world. As we can choose how minor or major of a special need we feel we can handle, and in China something as small as a birth mark qualifies as special needs, we have requested to adopt a little girl with some form of a very mild special need. We will post updates on the blog as to how things are going during our journey.
There will be lots of paper work, meetings, paper work, obtaining passports, paper work, educational classes on adopting, paper work, decorating a little girls room, paper work, a trip to China, paper work, having Gabriella Grace placed in our arms, paper work, a trip home from China, paper work and a completed family....together, sharing the times of our lives.
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I'm also thankful for a wonderful hubby who supports me while I reach for my dreams.
I'm thankful for three incredible sons who have learned how to find the silver lining in any cloud.
I'm thankful for my sisters and for my girlfriends who are like sisters.
I'm thankful for a group of students who give 100% while they are learning to become the nurses of tomorrow.
Above all I'm thankful to God, who knows our hearts, our hopes and our dreams and walks with us each day and loves and accepts us for who we are.