We never know when life is going to disintegrate before our very eyes. Even though I'm more aware than most people and think I'm prepared for what may come, Thursday night when I was ready to prepare dinner, my ex-husband's wife called hysterically crying and saying that she thought he (Jim) had suffered a stroke. Through her frantic sobbing, I was told that the paramedics were taking him via ambulance to Riverside Medical Center in Kankakee for treatment.
I had to tell my son, Bryan, that something had happened to his father and we needed to leave immediately. After being assessed, it was determined that he did not have a stroke.....it was something much worse. He had a brain mass. Disoriented, and unable to speak, there was our strong patriarch lying on a gurney looking frail and helpless....hooked up to machines and tubes, etc.
Today brought no good news. He had pneumonia and they were unable to do a needle biopsy of his brain. On top of that devastating news, we learned that when he fell during his seizure, he broke his back at T12. They will have to cement the space between his vertebrae, but that is not the most pressing issue, and will not be addressed now.
I ask for your prayers for Jim and his wife Gail who, by the way, is a cancer survivor. His sons Anthony, Matthew and Bryan need your prayers of support and comfort. In fact, we can all use them while we are struggling to make sense of it all. I can't think of anything else we need right now except the incredible power of prayer. Prayers to take away our fear. Prayers to give us strength. Prayers to find comfort in our family. Prayers to help us accept whatever God has in store. Especially prayers for Jim that he will know his family surrounds him with our never-ending love for all he has done for each of us. We each love him and want only the best for him.
If you can do that for us, I will be forever grateful.
This week I will sign off with a simple thank you.