Friday, February 13, 2009

Thank You...

Journal page revisited
Well, things are not good. We will know more when the surgeon talks to us this afternoon. Basically, we are looking at a quadruple by-pass with an aortic arch recontruction. Or they may not want to do anything and just hope for the best. Not good. The fact that my Father-in-law has severe dementia and does not understand any of this is very frustrating. He just says, "Go ahead and do the surgery." He thinks it will make all his issues go away and that he will be able to get a job and drive and live in an apartment. The doctors know that he is not capable of making those decisions so the final decision will be up to us. It's a long, depressing story that I won't drag out here, but being his caregiver for almost year has been hard. I am tired and exhausted. Oh, and TIRED. Thank you for all your good thoughts yesterday. I thought of all of you during the day and they made me feel so much better.

Ever been so tired that you can not sleep? That was me last night so I arted with an old journal piece to pass the time. Art therapy is good. And I am slowly getting to my One World, One Heart winners. I love telling them the good news:) AND I won a lovely Art Box giveaway from Terri at Blooming Ideas!!!!! I will take lots of photos for you but, I think I will keep the secret message to myself:) Thank you so much Terri!!

16 comments:

vintage wil said...

Ohhh this is gorgeous work ! great image !
love it.
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Happy valentines tomorro.
xx wil

Thistle Cove Farm said...

O My Dear Jamie...yes, I DO know what you're going through and you have my prayers and empathy. Unless they have done it, no one knows the energy, will power, fortitude, strength and prayer it takes to tend to someone with dementia. People with dementia are a black hole of need and don't even know it. If you're ever able, come here for some rest and renewal, you're always welcome.

Chris Stone said...

so sorry to hear about your father! (((hugs)))

Tess said...

It is the emotional exhaustion mixed with the physical exhaustion I think that makes us so tired we are beyond sleep. I too find art therapy much needed at these times. OFten the next day I find something and wonder How I did it or why I did it and I realize suddenly the underlying meaning. I wish you well and pray the doctors and surgeons will figure somethng out. Blessings to you all.

Lori said...

Miss Texas, i am so so so sorry about what your family is going through...how terrible to have to be in charge of that kind of decision making...i am sure you will do what is best...
the art box you won is very sweet!!!

Patti G. said...

Jamie, I am so excited to be one of your winners!
I also want to say I am so sorry about your FIL. So much hardship and trial and of course that takes a heavy toll on you......you are tired, emotionally exhausted is more like it! Please try and take care of yourself along with all those you love and I pray for a good outcome! <3
Hugs,Patti

Tami Roth said...

Dear Jamie,
I'm so sorry to hear that you have gotten bad news about his health. I will be thinking of you and hope that everything will work out alright. I was glad to hear that you won the pretty OWOH shadow box shrine to give you a smile :)
Take care, hugs,
Tami

Terri said...

I was concerened when I read your post yesterday re. your father-in-law. I remeber when my former sister in law had to take care of her husbands mom. I can imagine the emotional toll this takes on the family. Your fater-inlaw is blesses to have you to look after his needs.

Look forward to getting your e-mail with your address so I can mail out your package the first of the week.

Terri said...

oj I see I'm tired and I made alot of spelling errors sorry about that

Terri said...

lol I need to go to be

Oh, and I'm glad you like the Art box.

The Feathered Nest said...

Dear sweet Jamie, I'm so sorry for you having to deal with these matters, I know that they are necessary but that doesn't make them any easier....I wish you a good rest tonight and peaceful heart with your decision ~ hugs and love to you dear friend, xxoo, Dawn

Laurie said...

Oh, I'm so sorry for what you are going through. It's very hard, as I know from personal experience with my late mother. Hold on to each other and take care as you walk these roads; you may find bittersweet moments along the way. Take care.

Pam Aries said...

Hi Jamie..It's me... how are you? Long time no see! I am in Oregon now.

Kim said...

Hi Jamie , and happy Valentines day :)

I just wanted to pop in and tell you we went through a similiar situation w/my mom a couple of years ago. In her case , it was a mastectomy. Getting her in wasn't so bad , but after the surgery it was pretty rough going for a while - these patients don't take such good care of their injuries , unfortunately. I expect you'll run into some the same issues so I wanted to remind you ahead of time nothing lasts forever , and keep your chin up.
and hope you get a good sleep - I can So relate , lol.

Femmy said...

this is stunning Jamie!! love it!

Elaine Kerr said...

I never check in to say hello often enough and you are always so supportive of the rest of us. Thinking of you. Good thoughts.

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