12.15.2009

Urgent Prayer Request

Yesterday afternoon my mom was Christmas shopping and received a call on her cell phone. It was Dr. B, my Grandparents neighbor. Yesterday afternoon when Dr. B’s son was getting off the school bus he saw my Grandpa, Pawpaw, passed out on the sidewalk in a pool of blood. Dr. B’s son ran into his house screaming for his mom. Dr. B ran outside and had her son call 911.

We think Pawpaw was walking from his house to the mailbox. He tripped and fell. We have no idea how long he was passed out on the sidewalk and we are so thankful Dr. B’s son found him.

My mom dropped her stuff and ran to the car. She called my dad on her way and he rushed to Pawpaw’s house. Luckily, my Grandparents live a minute away and in the same neighborhood. When my dad arrived the paramedics were loading Pawpaw into the ambulance. A police officer was spraying the pool of blood with a hose. My dad said it was a significant amount of blood. Pawpaw has a pacemaker and takes Coumadin, which is a blood thinner. It’s very common for pacemaker patients to take Coumadin. One of the side effects of Coumadin is you bleed easily and it’s hard to control the bleeding.

At first Pawpaw seemed stable. I was supposed to go out of town today for work. My parents said to go. At 11:00 PM last night my mom called and said, “Your dad said you should not go.” The bleeding in Pawpaw’s brain had increased and the doctor informed us he has permanent brain damage. His heart rate dropped and was in the 30 range. At 11:00 last night the doctor said he had anywhere from 5 minutes to 3 hours to live. I rushed to the hospital, my parents rushed to the hospital, and my brother started his drive from Dallas.

When I arrived at the ER, Pawpaw’s heart rate had gone up and was in the 60 range. They were moving him for the ER to ICU. We were there until 4:00 AM but there was no change in his condition. The doctor told us the situation is not looking good and will probably result in death. His vitals are okay, he’s on a ventilator but the brain damage is permanent.

I keep asking myself how this is possible. He was just walking to the mailbox and now he has permanent brain damage… just because he wanted to check the mail? How? How does this happen? Why? Why did this have to happen to him? Pawpaw told me he has prayed that he would outlive my Grandma because she has dementia and needs full time care. Pawpaw wanted to be the one who took care of her because nobody else can care for her and love her the way he can. Why couldn’t that simple, humbling, and sweet prayer be answered? Why?



If you remember, will you pray for my family? We are so devastated. I almost fainted last night at the hospital and I'm sick to my stomach. Pawpaw is my mom's dad. Please pray for my mom. So far, she's holding up but I don't think reality has set in yet. My poor Grandma... because of the dementia she keeps asking us where Pawpaw is and when he'll be home. Each time we tell her what's going on, it like the first time she's heard the bad news. She can't even begin to process it. Thank you so much for your prayers.

107 comments:

Sara said...

Sending prayers and hugs your way.

Lexilooo said...

oh Jill, I am keeping your family in my prayers

Happy Daily said...

Your pawpaw and mom (and you!) are in my prayers and thoughts.

Suburban Princess said...

My thoughts are with you and your family.

Katie said...

I'm so sorry -- you and your whole family are in my prayers.

Bea's World said...

I don't know you, but I follow your blog, please know that my prayers are with you and your family at this time.

BakerGirl said...

My thoughts are with you and your family...
I'm so sorry.

Jill said...

Oh Jill, I'm so sorry. I will be praying for your PawPaw, your grandmother and your whole family.

Erin said...

Oh Jill, I'm so sorry. Your family is in my thoughts and prayers.

Amanda said...

I'm so sorry, your family is certainly in my prayers.

Angie said...

I am SO sorry!! My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
Angie

Jules said...

Jill, I am so sorry and I will certainly keep your family in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. Please take care.

Amy said...

I will be praying that God comforts you all.

Emily said...

I'm so sorry about your grandfather. Know that you and your family are in my prayers.

April said...

Oh my gosh...I am so sorry you're going through this right now and I have only read your blog a couple times and this gave me chills. I will pray for you and your family.
-April

Jill said...

Oh Jill, I am soooo sorry. Sending prayers your and Pawpaw's way friend. Please keep us updated.
Hugs, Jill

Rebecca (Sam's wife) said...

i am so sorry to read about this! will be thinking about you.

Bren said...

i'm so sorry about your grandpa...you are in my thoughts and prayers i hope for the best!

midnight macaroons said...

My heart is heavy as I read the news about Pawpaw. Richard and I will be keeping you and your entire family in our prayers today.

Sweet Tea in Seattle said...

I'm so sorry. Sending prayers your way Jill.

Heather said...

I am really sorry to hear about this news, and I will be praying for your family. Keep us posted and try to hang in there.

Football & Fried Rice said...

Oh, sweetie - you brought tears to my eyes. it is obvious you love your pawpaw and your grandma - and how difficult this is. The unanswered questions, the Whys?? The hows & the what nows?

I am praying for your family right now. That God would cover you with peace & wrap you in arms of Love. May you all know you are safe and find security in knowing that this life is but a breath and believers will spend eternity together, with perfect bodies & perfect minds..

Hugs,
Sara

Ashley said...

This just breaks my heart for you :( I will definitely be praying for you and your family!

Gigi said...

So sorry...sending prayers for your entire family.

jennykate77 said...

Awe, this makes me so sad. We had a similar experience a few years ago with my Grandpa. So, I know how devestating it is. I'll be keeping your family in my prayers.

TexasLauren77 said...

Sending prayers to you from Austin. Hang in there!!

AmyT said...

Prayers will be going your way!!!! I hope everything turns out OK - HUGS!!!!!!!

Danielle said...

I am so so sorry for what you are all facing right now. I cannot believe that he was just fine when I met him the other day. I prayed so hard for all of you when we got off the phone last night, and you've been in my thoughts and prayers since I woke up this morning.

Please call me or text me when you can. Give your mom a big hug for me and let her know I'm praying.

Love,

Danielle

Jennifer said...

So sorry, Jill. He sounds like a lovely man. Will definitely keep your family in my prayers. Take care...

The First-Year Wife said...

I'm so sorry to hear this. I'll be praying for your family.

Rachel McPhillips said...

He sounds like an amazing human being. Sorry that your family has to endure this. Praying for you all.

BroncoMom said...

You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. Although we have never met face to face, please take comfort in knowing that someone in Atlanta is thinking about your PawPaw and your family.

Miss Sweet Tea said...

Oh Jill, sweet friend, I'm so sorry to hear this. Please know you and your family are in my prayers during this difficult time. Love you, Angela

kelly said...

I am so sorry for your family. Saying a prayer for you all right now.

John C. said...

So sorry to hear this Jill. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers.

Ashley Lauren said...

How awful. Ya'll have my thoughts and prayers.

Tippa Glover said...

I am on my knees for your Paw Paw and you and your entire family. I am so so sorry you are going through this.

Praying...,

hotpants™ said...

I'm praying for Pawpaw and your family.

melifaif said...

I am oh so sorry for this terrible experience. I am praying for you and lifting your pawpaw up in prayer as we speak. And I won't stop. I promise. Good is good all the time. And He is sitting with your pawpaw now. He is in good hands.

SassyEngineer said...

I will definitely keep y'all in prayers! I have lost all of my grandparents, and one was pretty suddenly on my birthday. He was diabetic and went into a diabetic coma, and we lost him. I know how tough this can be when it happens so suddenly. I will keep you all in my prayers, and your sweet Grandma too.

Pink Martini said...

Yes, I will pray for him and your family.

Steph said...

I saw a post on Design Girl's blog. Just wanted to tell you I'm praying for your PawPaw, your Grandma and your family. Huge Hugs.

Classy Fab Sarah said...

I am so so sorry - I don't even know what to say.

Prayers for all of you!

Lil' Woman said...

Oh Jill, I'm so sorry...You and your family will be in prayers!

That Pink Girl said...

Jill I am so sorry! My heart is breaking for you and your family. Please know we are praying for his care, for his comfort, wisdom for his caregivers as well as strength and God's peace over y'all. May you FEEL covered in prayer as you are lifted up by so many.

That Pink Girl said...

Jill I am so sorry! My heart is breaking for you and your family. Please know we are praying for his care, for his comfort, wisdom for his caregivers as well as strength and God's peace over y'all. May you FEEL covered in prayer as you are lifted up by so many.

Celeste said...

Oh Jill - I am praying for you & your family. May the fact that HE is the Master Physician be a comfort

That Pink Girl said...

I am so sorry! My heart is breaking for your family. May you FEEL covered in prayer as so many lift you up. We will not stop praying!

Maryann @ Domestically-Speaking said...

Heard about your need for prayer for Design Girl's blog... praying for healing and wisdom for your family and drs.

Melissa said...

I just prayed for you and your family. I am so sorry to hear this. Please keep us updated!

Taryn said...

Of course you and your family will be in my prayers tonight. I am going to pass your story along to my friends as well...too many prayers is never a bad thing.

Denise @ A Sacred Longing said...

I am praying!

Shalom,
Denise

AndreaLeigh said...

I'm so sorry, Jill. My heart just hurts for you. Please keep us updated and you will be in my thoughts and prayers. I pray for a miracle for your PawPaw.

Nancy B. said...

I just came across your blog from The Design Girl but I wanted to let you know I live in San Antonio & if there is anything I can do for your family, please let me know! My heart breaks for you. I will most definitely continue to lift you & your family up in prayer.

"Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received from God. For just as the sufferings of Christ flow over into our lives, so also through Christ our comfort overflows."
2 Corinthians 1:3-5

Praying He will hold your family in the palm of His hands during this difficult time.

Natalie said...

Praying for all of you, Jill

Global Girl said...

My grandmother was hospitalized earlier this month; I totally understand!

Take care!

Alicia said...

Oh my gosh, this makes me want to cry. I'm coming over from Danielle's blog. I will certainly be praying for him.

Mary said...

Prayers are headed your way from WA. I'll be thinking about your entire family during this scarey time.

Emmy said...

So so sorry. Will keep him and your family in my prayers.

The Daily Bee said...

I read your blog often (found you via Danielle's blog) and my prayers are with you and your family. Hugs to you, Jill.

nault's nook said...

oh sweetie! I am praying for you right now!

Jennifer said...

Jill, your family is my prayers!

Christina said...

I don't know you either, but found your blog through The Design Girl who mentioned this. Your family is in my prayers, I'm so terrible sorry.

Carrie said...

I'm praying for you! Love you Jill. Remember that God is always, always good, loving, and merciful. That never changes. I realize that sounds nice when we say it to others and hollow when we try to apply it to the scary things in our own lives, but He really is right there with you - holding your whole family in His palm. He's always good.

Melanie said...

Praying for your pawpaw and the rest of your family. ((HUGS))

Maria said...

Jill, we definitely have you and your entire family in our prayers. Stay strong and know you have many supporters that will love and comfort you through this unfortunate circumstance. xoxo

Amy C said...

I prayed all day. Please call me when you want to talk.

Zingo Tots said...

Hi Jill,
I am also Jill and found you threw Danielle's blog. I am so sorry to hear about your grandpa and will definitely say a prayer for your entire family. My husband's grandmother suffered from dementia for the final four years of her life and we cared for her. During that time, her daughter {healthy, active, full of life 48 year old} died when an anneuryism ruptured in her brain. Like your grandma, everytime we told her where her daughter was she was devestated as if it were the first time she'd heard it. We met w/a social worker who specializes in this type of population and he said we should just stop telling her because she seriously was learning it for the first time everytime we told her. Not that I am telling you how to handle your grandmother - just passing on info we got at our troubling time. I hope all works out for your family.
Jill

Leigh said...

Jill I was sent to your blog through another blog I follow. I have already said a prayer for your family and yall will continue to be in prayers! Im so sorry about your grandfather.

Seraphim said...

Oh I'm so sorry. Sending love and prayers from the shores of Perth, Western Australia. x

Petunia said...

Oh, I am so sorry Jill! Your Pawpaw is in my prayers.

Pieper Rodriguez said...

**HUG** I am praying for your sweet family.

Pieper Rodriguez said...

I am praying for your sweet family. **HUGS**

Princess Aurora said...

I am keeping you and yours in the front part of my best thoughts!!!

KK said...

I'm so sorry, I'll be praying!

Sarah said...

Oh no, I will be saying a special prayer for you and your family.

C H R I S T I said...

I found your blog thru Danielle's. I will be praying for your family.

In this wonderful life... said...

I'm so so sorry! this makes me sick!! :( I will most definitely pray for him!!

Wearing Mascara said...

Jill! I'm so sorry! I just saw this. My prayers and positive thoughts are with you and your family. Please keep us updated and if you need ANYTHING please email me. I'm there for you.

<3

Janna said...

I'm so sorry for your family. I will be praying for you.

Lauren Kelly said...

I am so so sorry, Jill. My grandfather passed away in September and I can relate to the emotions and the tears you must be shedding right now!! Praying and thinking of ya'll.

Beth said...

Keeping your family in my prayers, Jill.

Jess @ Frugal with a Flourish said...

Thinking about you and your family!

Amie Christine said...

You and your family are in my prayers. I pray that He gives you strength and comfort through this difficult time. I've been there and I do know how hard it can be. Be strong for your mom... she'll need it the most!

Elizabeth said...

I am praying for you!!

Casey (@ Ever-Changing Life) said...

I was in tears reading this. I know how special grandparents are, and how difficult it is to not be there when something like this happens. I will pray for you, your family, and your grandpa today.

Veronica King: aka Queen Vee said...

Praying for a miracle that can only come from God. Hope you're feeling the power of prayer today - I'm definitely sending them your way!

Scarlett said...

Oh Jill, I am so sorry to hear this. Your family is in my prayers. ((hugs))

Kristen said...

praying for you Jill!!

Brooke said...

dear Lord, please be with this hurting family. I ask for healing for Pawpaw and love and support for the family. amen.

SassyCassie said...

My heart's breaking for you and your family.

elizlaughlove said...

i came across this, this morning and thought it was perfect for you. http://www.harvest.org/devotional/archive/devotion.html?date=2009-12-16
keep your chin up, you're stronger than you think : )

duchessbelle said...

I'm so sorry. Your family is in my thoughts and prayers.

Don and Lisa Osborn said...

Sweet Jill~

I am so, so sorry. My heart aches for you and your family. I will lift all of you up in prayer and I hope that will bring you some comfort during this difficult time.

Don't hesitate to call if you need a shoulder to cry on.

Love to you~
Lisa

Mare said...

Jill, stopping by from Danielle's blog. I'm so sorry about your Pawpaw. You and your family will be in my prayers.

amazeingteacher said...

love and prayers...
amy

Kassie said...

Oh, Jill...I am praying my heart out for your family. Your pawpaw, grandmother, mom, and YOU.

Kassie

Single PAP said...

prayers to your family.

peace.love.applesauce said...

Oh, I am so sorry! Prayers are coming your way!

Don and Lisa Osborn said...

I'm just checking in again to see if you have any update about your pawpaw.

Love and hugs~
Lisa

Jules said...

Wow. This was a very powerful blog. I'm so sorry. How is he now? That part about him praying he outlives his wife bc no one can care for her the way he does made me cry. I know that prayer all too well. I hope and pray he survives.

Julie said...

Sending prayers to you and your family.

Life With 3 Boys and a Princess said...

I'm so sorry....I'm praying for you and your family.

Rachel H. said...

I can't imagine what you and your family are going through...praying for you guys, and I hope you'll update us soon!

Shoshanah said...

I can't even imagine what you all must be going through. My thoughts are with you all!

Danielle said...

Sending you all lots of love and prayers today. Please give your mom a big hug for me. Sending you one, too.

Thinking of you. Please call me if/when you need to talk. I don't care if it's 3:00 am. I am here.

Love,

Danielle

Jewels of My Heart said...

I am so sorry. I will be praying for your Grandfather and your family.
God's peace and comfort...