It’s with immense gratitude and humility I write you this greeting from Germany. As you know from my last post my father has been very ill. He’s been in and out of hospitals, there have been very difficult times, but he is currently at home, and we are eternally grateful he is still with us; although, he’s very weak. He is completely bedridden and needs constant care around the clock. He suffers from several ailments: Parkinson’s, Dementia related to Parkinson’s, immobility of his legs, hospital-acquired pneumonia that has subsided, as well as pressure ulcers/bed sores acquired during his hospitalization that we are treating successfully at home; they are healing nicely, albeit slowly.
It’s been extremely difficult to see my once strong and life-loving father so fragile. The same loving father who gave me piggybag rides and taught me how to play soccer. It isn’t easy to be faced, each day, with his ailing body that’s entirely at the mercy of our care and to look into his vulnerable and gentle eyes. I brace myself each day when I awake and never let on how much pain I’m in, seeing him in pain. I assure him that he will get better—which he is, ever so slowly. But as my father for many years with strong conviction preached from the pulpit “His grace is sufficient for us”. I am learning, God’s grace is indeed sufficient for us, even through the toughest of times.
This is my lovely mom; a believer, my heroine, a woman of utter selflessness, brave and courages, regardless of her own ailments, she takes care of her husband she once vowed “in sickness and in health” to. Mom and I are currently his full time caregivers. We also have the help of wonderful health care providers. My dear brothers and caring wives are frequently by his side.
Last but not least, I thank you, from the bottom of my heart, my dear friends, for your love, comforting words, and prayers you’ve sent me during my absence. I’ve read and translated to my mom each and every heartfelt comment and private message you sent me. I’ve sincerely missed all of you, and your beautiful posts!
With much gratitude,
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