Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Please Pray for Dear Mom Smith

"In God is my salvation and my glory: the rock of my strength, and my refuge is in God.  Trust in Him at all times; ye people, pour out your heart before Him: God is a refuge for us."
Psalm 62:7,8

 Dear friends, I write this with a very heavy heart, as my dear mother-in-law stands in desperate need of prayer.

Mom Smith in a happier, healthier time

She has suffered declining health over the past several years, and recently, on the day after her 87th birthday, she had a terrible fall that left her with three broken ribs, a punctured lung, a pelvic fracture, and a fracture in her hip socket.  Bless her little heart, she has been in horrific pain, but in spite of all, it was the desire of her heart to go to church with us on Sunday morning.  When she woke up, her pain had intensified to the point that she could hardly bear to put any weight on her feet at all.  There was a lot of discoloration and darkness in her toes, and we knew something was terribly wrong.  We took her to the ER, and after having to be moved to another hospital, they found that she has severe arterial blockage in her leg.  She has to undergo surgery tomorrow afternoon/evening.  She is extremely weak going into the operation and is fighting a host of other health issues and complications.  She is such a little trooper, and God has brought her through so, so much through the years.  The surgeon tried a less invasive measure to remedy her situation where she didn't have to go under full anesthesia, but it was unsuccessful.  The surgery that is scheduled will be a lot more serious.

Tonight, I am thinking back over the past 30 years of being married to her amazing son and the many, many wonderful times we have shared together.  Our heart-to-heart talks, the many meals we've prepared and served together, the laughter and funny times, and everything in between.  How it hurts to know that she is the last remaining of Kevin's and my four parents.  To tell you the truth, I am terrified of losing her.  As I reflect over the years and all we have been through and shared together, I cannot even imagine life without Mom Smith in it.  

I wanted to share one of the most endearing, special memories we have made together (and there are more than likely millions.)  It happened a few months before Kevin and I were married.  I was having health issues and struggling with an adverse reaction to medication.  I will never forget how worried Mom Smith was and how she insisted that I spend the night in her home since I lived almost 200 miles from my own parents.  Though I lived only a few miles from her and Dad Smith and Kevin, she did not want me to go home or be alone.  At some point during the night, I woke up to find Mom Smith lying on the floor next to the bed where I was sleeping.  She was so afraid I would have trouble during the night, and she wanted to be there.  Where does one find a mother-in-law like that?  I wasn't even her daughter-in-law yet, but the deep and loving bond between us was already strong.
Through the years, and to this day, she always introduces me as her daughter-in-law who is more like her own daughter.

I wish every one of you could meet her and know her.  She is so precious and dear to our hearts, and I can't even put into words how worried we are tonight.
We know that God's perfect will is the best possible outcome, and we are doing our best to place everything in His dear, nail-scarred hands.  
We would SO appreciate your prayers for Mom Smith and our family during this trying time.
Thank you from the bottom of our grateful hearts.

UPDATE 9/19/2018 @ 7:34 PM
Praise God, Mom S. made it through surgery a short time ago.  The surgeon said her disease is very bad, and her arteries are calcified to the point he was not able to do what he had hoped to do.  He did, however, get a stent inserted, and he said this will open up the blood flow to her leg at least temporarily.  We are now waiting for her to come out of recovery.

I just wanted to say THANK YOU to every one of you for every prayer, all of the comments and the many emails, and every gesture of kindness extended to our family at this time.  You all are the kindest, most caring people on this earth!  May the dear Lord bless each one of you and meet any needs you are experiencing at this time.  

I am sending much love to all of you!!

UPDATE 9/20/2018 @ 4:53 PM
Praise God, Mom S. is holding her own, and if things keep moving in the right direction, she will soon be transferred out of ICU!  They are even talking of moving her to a rehab unit to allow time for her fractures to heal!  We are so very grateful to each one of you for your prayers and loving support.  It truly means SO much to us.  God bless you!  I will keep adding updates to this blog post, as I can.

UPDATE 9/22/2018 @ 9:29 PM
Dear Mom S. is still holding her own, and she has been transferred out of ICU to a regular room, praise the dear Lord!  She had wonderful color in her cheeks tonight when we left her, and she is seeming more and more like herself.  The darkness in her foot and leg is SO much better since the stent was put in, and she has less pain than before, praise God!  She has a long road ahead of her as far as the fractures healing and getting her strength back.  We are still waiting to hear when she will be transferred to rehab.  The nurse told us tonight that there is a dispute with the insurance, and this is causing a delay in her being able to be transferred so we would appreciate prayers concerning this that God will work it all out for her in His time.  We are SO thankful for all God has done.  He is so faithful and dear to our hearts, and we give Him all our praise.

A big THANK YOU to all of you dear friends and loved ones who are so faithfully praying and emailing us and leaving comments.  You will never know how much we appreciate all of you!  God bless each one of you in a special way!

27 comments:

  1. Oh Dear Cheryl, I have been wondering how your Mother-in-law was doing! I am so sorry for these horrible set-backs, and I will surely continue to pray. May the Lord bring her healing, and may He carry you and your family through these difficult days. Just tonight we learned that my husband's dear friend, the best man in our wedding, is facing hospice care because of terminal cancer. It's so hard to watch those we love go through such suffering! May we keep our eyes fixed on our Lord, and give Him all our prayers. Love & Hugs for you!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank you so much, dear Bettie! She is in surgery right now, as I type this, we are in the waiting room waiting for news, in case you happen to see this. I know you are praying, and that just means so much to us. Thank you from the bottom of my heart. I am SO sorry to hear of your friend. Oh, that is so sad. May God have mercy and comfort all who mourn. Sending love and hugs to you, too, sweet friend.

      Delete
  2. I am Praying, and posted it on my blog Cheryl..
    http://myfaithisoverflowing.blogspot.com/2018/09/please-pray-for-dear-mom-smith.html

    Hope you do not mind.. I do not have many followers but even one more Prayer means a lot ,and I believe will help.. Blessings, Renee

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Oh, how sweet of you, Renee! I am in tears thinking of you sharing our prayer request. I appreciate it from the bottom of my heart and can't thank you enough. May God bless you richly for your kindness and support. Sending much love and gratitude to you.

      Delete
  3. Dear Cheryl,
    Your precious mother-in-love is in my prayers. I'm going to storm heaven for her.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Dear Regina! Thank you ever so much! We appreciate it so much, and I pray God blesses you, dear friend.

      Delete
  4. My dear Cheryl. You know that I am lifting your Mom Smith to the throne room of the Lord, as well as Kevin and your family. She sounds like an amazing woman and a wonderful mother-in-law. You have been blessed. I so sorry she is having to endure so much pain. My love that prayers are with you all.
    Many Blessings,
    Betsy

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Yes, dear friend, I know without a doubt that you are faithfully praying, and I can't begin to say how much that means to us. She surely is am amazing woman and such a dear blessing to our whole family. I surely am very blessed. Sending much love to you and so much gratitude, too.

      Delete
  5. Morning Cheryl. It's Su Ann Yes, I am and will pray for Mom Smith and you all. What a wonderful memory you shared...made me tear up. God is with her and her earthly body is strong in Him. ��

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I know you have been so faithful to pray, sweet friend, and I appreciate you and your friendship so very much. I am so glad you enjoyed the memory. I will never forget that and so many other kindnesses she has shown over the years. You would love her. God bless you abundantly. I am praying for you, too.

      Delete
  6. Cheryl, I am praying without ceasing for you and your sweet family ... O Heavenly Father, You are our Great Physician, You are Jehovah Rapha, the One who can heal Mom Smith's body. We ask you to wrap Your Loving Arms around her and her family right now, give the doctors wisdom to know what to do and when to do it. Thank You, Lord Jesus, that Your Word is a panpharmacon—a salve for every wound. You are Jehovah Jireh, our provider, You are El Shaddai, our all-sufficient Heavenly Father, our Abba Daddy, You are everything we need. You are close to the brokenhearted and You save those who are crushed in spirit. You are surely so close to Mom Smith and her family at this time. Lord Jesus, help them to sense Your presence in their lives. We know You respond to our sighs, our tears and our murmurs. We know You are near to all who call upon You; so near that You can feel breath when no voice can be heard for faintness. We ask all these things in Jesus’ name, amen.

    Many blessings to you dear friend.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Dear, precious friend! Oh, that anointed prayer! Thank you SO very much. I say amen, and amen! You are such a dear blessing to me. Sending much love and gratitude to you for your friendship, support, and encouragement. I am so thankful for you and your presence in my life.

      Delete
  7. Oh Dear Loved Ones,Was so sorry to hear about Dear Mom Smith..I am glad you all have many precious memories to hold on to.She looks so sweet..Know He cares and so do I.Prayers are coming your way..Could not get back on computer but at last made it to you this way..We made it throught the awful storm here in N.C. Thanks for all the prayers..Take care and take courage..God Is with you all at this time..Love,Elaine

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Oh, it is so good to hear from you and to know that you are safe! I have been so concerned for you and am so thankful you wrote and let me know that all is well. I so appreciate your kind words of comfort. Love and hugs coming your way, sweet friend.

      Delete
  8. Dearest Cheryl, this posting has brought tears to my eyes, for the suffering that your dear mother-in-law must be going through, for you as her family and for that precious, precious memory of your dear mother-in-law sleeping beside of you on the floor watching over you.
    Yes, you have been blessed with a wonderfully graces mother-in-law and those are hard to come by. I too was blessed with an amazing mother-in-law, and I miss her terribly.
    What a lovely lady in the photo you have shared with us, she radiates with the joy of Jesus.
    Our prayers continue to be with all of you.

    Bless you ~

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Aw, bless your heart, my friend! I am sure you do miss her so very much. She surely does radiate with Jesus' joy. She is a precious soul who loves the Lord. I am so thankful for your prayers and kind words. You are such a blessing. God bless you richly.

      Delete
  9. Oh Sweet Friend, I'm rejoicing with you that the Lord was merciful and that Mom Smith came through the surgery and they were able to do something to help treat the leg situation. I was sooo happy to see the update! :-)

    I will continue to lift you and your family up to the God of All Comfort and your mother-in-law up to the Great Physician. Praising God for His tender mercies which you are always so faithful to share as a beautiful witness to our Lord and Savior, and as encouragement to the fellowship of Believers.

    Sending much love,

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I am so very thankful, too, sweet friend! Thank you so, so much for your continued prayers and faithful support. Sending much and gratitude back to you and continuing to pray for you. Your precious words truly meant so much to me!

      Delete
  10. So thankful to hear that Mom Smith came through surgery dear friend! I have been praying! The Lord is able to undertake and take care of the situation, and I am believing Him for that! Such a beautiful precious memory of Mom Smith lying on the floor next to you! Truly such a blessing to have her presence in your life, and I continue in prayers for your family as I know the pain she is suffering, and the problems she faces are tremendous, but our God is able to help her through this dark storm she is facing. I will continue praying sweet friend! Much love and prayers!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Oh, I surely feel the weight of all of those prayers, dear friend! They are what carry us through all that we are facing and going through. I am so thankful Jesus has big shoulders and can carry us along with every burden, no matter how heavy they are! So very thankful for your support and sending much love and gratitude to you!

      Delete
  11. Dear friend, I am so very sorry to hear about your dear, precious mother-in-law's fall and subsequent injuries...what pain she surely must be in! Praise God that she made it through the surgery and will be able to get a little relief from her pain and circulation. I know there are certainly many prayers going up for her right now and please know that I will be lifting her up to the Father as well. May He hold you all close to Him as you go through the recovery process together. Sending my love, prayers and hugs. ♥♥♥

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Yes, dear friend, last night I stood by her bedside right after she came out of recovery and told her, "God is hearing your name a whole lot!" Bless her little heart, she said, "He surely won't be able to forget me." I said, "No, He can't forget you. Your name is engraved on the palm of His hands!" That brought a smile to her face. Things are progressing along very well today, and all seems to be heading in the right direction, praise God. Thank you so much for your prayers and loving support. Sending love, prayers, and hugs back to you, too!

      Delete
  12. Oh Cheryl, thank you for the updates on your dear mother-in-law. I have been praying for her and all of you. Reading the words of you she had you stay at her house and laid beside you while you slept was the sweetest story. I know she means the world to you, and I am hoping that this stent will be relief, and that she will be comfortable. God bless her as she she goes to rehab and God bless all of you for being there with her. I'm sending love, hugs, and prayers across the miles.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank you so much, Kitty. She surely is a precious, dear mother-in-law. It is heart-wrenching to see her suffer. She is having some issues in rehab, and we would so appreciate your continued prayers. You are such a comfort and encouragement and blessing to me, dear friend. I send love, hugs, and prayers back to you and trust Jesus to bless you abundantly!

      Delete
  13. Replies
    1. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts! She wasn't doing too well tonight, but we are hoping things will be better tomorrow. God knows what is best, and we truly want His perfect will to be done. You have been such a support and encourager, and we are most grateful to you.

      Delete
  14. Continuing to pray for your mom-in-law and all of your family Cheryl.

    ReplyDelete