His Twisted Sisters

June 6, 2008

6.5.08 In the Air Again

Filed under: Daily — by LoLo @ 5:59 am

Well, its been a few days since my last post.  Sister Cinny got here on Sunday morning (6.1) and we had a good day, despite the circumstances.  Again, I cannot say enough good about the hospice and its staff – wowza.  Sunday nite was hard as my mom had a grand mal seizure and we were pretty sure she was going to pass away after that.  Everyone came back to the hospice in the middle of the nite to say goodbye (Cindy & I were there when the seizure took place – it was our turn to sleep over).  But mom rallied and stayed with us another 28 hours!  She passed away at 4:20am (ET) on June 3, 2008.  She went peacefully and I was given the gift from God of being able to be there and hold her hand as she left this earth and headed to the welcoming arms of Jesus.  I am quite sure my dog Nicholas was waiting at the gate for her also – he loved his Granny so much.  The rest of the day was spent sleeping (very tired), going to the funeral home to finalize matters, calling folks with the news, then a wonderful dinner with family and friends.  My Cinny and JohnBoy treated me to two nites at a hotel, where we could swim and relax.  Oh that pool felt so good, and sleeping on a real bed was grand also!  The next day we did not wake up until 10am!  That was quite a feat for Cinny, as she never sleeps that long, and I seldom sleep that late anymore.  Then it was time to head to the house and gather up clothes for donation, go through personal things and help Ken out.  Afterwards it was a little shopping, dinner, and a mission of espionage by Nancy Drew & Crew (although we looked more like Lucy and Ethel in our attempt to be incognito).  Long story that really needs to be told in person to do it justice.  Then back to the pool for an evening dip and relaxation.  We watched a movie and kept track of the Red Wings game – WooHoo!  My team won the Stanley Cup again!  Today was more relaxing by the pool and then over to the house to finish some work for Ken.  Then we had a great dinner with Ken and are now sitting in the Tampa airport awaiting our journey home.  It will be so good to see my hubby and my puppies, especially my little DrewDrew – I know he is lonely without me.

My darling HayHay got to go home on Sunday and has been doing well – no more swelling or problems.  It appears the antibiotics worked their magic – as did the prayers. 

Thank you all so much for your prayers and support.  We have gotten through a very tough time with much love, laughter and support.  Please continue to pray for us as we adjust to the changes in the coming weeks, especially stepdad Ken. 

The time I spent with Ken, my brother and sister-in-law is some of the most satisfying times that I will always remember.  I just know that God had his plan in place and he drew us closer together than we have been in years, and for that I am so grateful to him.  God Bless you all.

Peace,

LoLo

June 2, 2008

6.2.08

Filed under: Daily — by LoLo @ 11:38 pm

The last two nites have been rough and both times we thought (as did the nurses) that it was the end. Last nite she had a grand mal seizure, it was pretty tough. She is now in a coma. She has not had any kidney/bladder output since Friday. The staff is amazed that she is still here with us, as are we. After two “false alarms” the past two nites, we have devised a schedule – since we are all so worn out. So, I am doing some work and updating everyone and soon me and Cindy are heading out to go shopping and relax for a while away from this place. Yes, Cindy is here and I am so thankful. Had me a good old meltdown on Saturday evening and since David has to be home for the Hayden situation, my best bud came to comfort and look out for me. Its been wonderful. We had a little church service here yesterday and that was great too.

Hayden is out of the hospital and doing ok. They have to watch her closely and she has to stay indoors the next 7 days, but after that, if no recurrance, she should be fine.

Well, I could tell you more, but am so exhausted, I just want to get out of here for a while and go get a Dairy Queen or something.

Peace & Out,

Lolo

June 1, 2008

5.31.08

Filed under: Daily — by LoLo @ 2:55 am

Big bro and sis in law got in around 7pm last nite.  Weirdest thing – I was looking on the computer for an update on the arrival time of their flight and all of a sudden mom started moving her right arm, scratching her ear and smoothing her hair (she had been totally still the entire day).  When seeing her movement, I glanced up, then I noticed my bro and sis in law down the hall.  It was like she could sense her child was now in the building.  She was responsive to him when he came in – unable to speak, but she grunted and tried.  She has been aware of us around and that is good.  She wants so bad to communicate!

After a family meeting last nite with Nurse Terri, we gave the authorization to remove the feeding tube.  It is out now.  She is beginning to display some of the signs of impending death, and we are all hanging around her suite sharing stories, talking to her and keeping vigil.  Her best friend since childhood is here with her husband and what a comfort she is to all of us, as she was such an important part of our lives growing up.  Think of her as what Cinny is to me, she is to my mom. 

Friends and brother and sister in Christ, Pete and Laura, came by today for about 2 hours to visit.  What comfort they provided!  It is so different to have your Christian family with you during a time like this – its like I CRAVE having other believers around me.  Pete and Laura have known my mom for 3 years, having never known her before the stroke.  They went through the photo album I had put together and were so thrilled to see her life in pictures – she has told them many of the stories of her life and adventures, so they got to see some of that in print.  I told Laura about our website and all the sisters and she was so excited to see it  –  I’m hoping to convince her to join us sometime for a WOF conference! 

Well, I’m pooped out.  This day has flown by.  Talk atcha later.

Peace,

LoLo

May 31, 2008

Update on Hayden

Filed under: Daily — by Cinny @ 7:03 pm

I got this from David this morning and wanted to post it for ya’ll.  Be in reverent prayer for this young child of God and for the family.

Overnight they tried a different antibiotic and Hayden had a severe reaction to it.  She is now back on the previous antibiotic.  The swelling in her face “moves” around, but this morning she has some swelling in the front of her face.  It had been all on the left side.  The docs have not identified what she has and nothing so far has caused the swelling to go away.  She is in Middle TN Medical Center – Murfreesboro.  Hayden, Brent and our family appreciate your prayers.  We expect the Great Physician will heal her at the appropriate time!

5.30.08 again

Filed under: Daily — by LoLo @ 1:19 am

My HayHay called me earlier today and it was so great to hear her little voice, although her words were mumbly because of the swelling in the cheek and lips.  But she could say I love you gramma clear as a bell!

She’ll be at MTMC, Room 253 thru the weekend.  Still waiting to hear what has caused the infection, but already the discoloration has gone away.  The codiene in the meds has made her bouncy  – hopefully she will get tired and relax.  No crying or fits, which is amazing for a 3 yr old!  She is so brave! 

Thanks to all the TS who have prayed, offered to visit and help my hubby, son and grandbaby while I am in FL.  I appreciate you all more than you know!  I’m gonna have to make you all a big pan of my famous white enchiladas when I get home!

On another front, I spoke with my stepmom and my dad went home from the hospital today.  He was sleeping when I called, but he is doing well and should be able to get up on his feet real soon.

Peace, peace, peace.

LoLo

5.30.08

Filed under: Daily — by LoLo @ 1:14 am

Nothing new to add to my last update on my mom.  She has been nonresponsive for about 36 hrs now.  Right now I am so distressed, as I talked to David this a.m. and Hayden is in the hospital with an infection in her face/jaw.  They admitted her early this morning and she has a little IV and everything.  I am so torn – I want to be with her, my dad and my mom.  But I know that God will look after her.  Ya’ll just get on your knees and pray!  Brent is holding up pretty well under the circumstances – I am so proud of him as he is a good and strong daddy to his little girl.  He’s scared, but he said she has been so good at the hospital – a real trooper.  Today they will be running tests to find out where the infection is coming from.  The right side of her face at the jawline is swelled to baseball size.  The docs told Brent it was a good thing he rushed her there, as the infection could have spread down her neck and affected her breathing.  I’ll let you all know more as I know it.  Brent and I just talked on the phone and he was already emotional because of my mom and dad’s situations.  Now this, but we cried and prayed together and David is on his way over to the hospital right now, so he can lean on his daddy.  Of course, David’s a mess right now too – the Twisted Sisters were caravaning it over to the church to invade his office and pray over him before he goes to M’boro.
 
I’ve been scrolling through my latest pics of my precious baby on the laptop – laughing at some of her antics. 

On another bright note, (the first being the pics of my HayHay) is that today, 22 years ago, I married the most wonderful man in the world.  Sorry ladies, but I got to him first!  
 
Peace, Peace, Peace.  

LoLo 

May 30, 2008

Checking in . . .

Filed under: Daily — by LoLo @ 8:37 am
Mom fell into a deep sleep around 12am and she has slept the entire day.  She has had some pain and they gave her pain meds.  They have to turn her every so often and its difficult for her.  I won’t get too graphic, but its very had to endure.  Luckily, afterwards she just keeps snoozing.  She has not opened her eyes at all today, but yesterday she was awake all day and perhaps she is just wiped.  It has been good to see peaceful sleep.  The one time she was semi awake, she did not know who I was, that was very hard.  But I know that is to be expected and its okay – I’m dealing with it like a trooper.  Tomorrow will be a brand new day and perhaps she will have some moments of consciousness.  in all truth, I would rather she save some of her energy for Steve so they can have some time together.  I’m looking forward to seeing him myself . .. nobody gives hugs like you big brother! 
 
Aunt Betty left this morning, and it was difficult for her to leave.  But I am so grateful she got to come.  She must have channeled some of my Aunt Sara’s wisdom, because she gave me such peace and comfort. 
 
I’ve spent a good deal of my day, wandering the grounds, praying and seeking guidance on tough decisions. I had a wonderful talk with my pastor this morning, and am again reminded of why he is our spiritual leader at our church – what wisdom and compassion!  What a great man of God he is – and to know that I, just one of hundreds at our church, am special and unique to him is amazing.  Then to think that out of the gazillions of people in the world, I am even more special to God!  What amazing peace He gave me today with the people he brought in front of me and the words He planted in my head – Be Still and Know I am God.  I got in under control Lori Lynn!!!  So cool. 
 
I worry about Ken, he is so tired and worn.  He just clings to me when he is here, he needs the companionship and lots of hugs and touches.  He is my hero and I will always look out for him. 
 
Well, I am tired and I am sure this is quite emotional for all of you to read.  And although I have tears at times, I am also so full of joy because I know that He is God and I am not.  And that is a great relief!
 
Love to you all and thank you for each and every way you support and love me.  Oh, and I forgot to mention that last nite around 2am, I got up to go to the kitchen for a drink and Wacky Jacky, the night nurse said hey there sister, you look twisted – you’re a twisted sister!  I couldn’t help but crack up!  I told her about our “gang” of rebel women and that we even had a website.  I’m gonna show it to her tonite when she comes in. 
I got to tell you that this place is awesome.  I never knew there were places like this.  I could go on and on, not only is this place awesome (hospice) for the patients, considering why you are here, but the care that is given to family is bar none.  I’m already planning to train Drew to be a therapy dog like Nick was so we can do the Hospice care center in NashVegas. 
 
Love,LoLo

May 28, 2008

Leaving on a jet plane . . .

Filed under: Daily — by LoLo @ 2:30 am

And really don’t know when I’ll be back again. My mother has taken another turn for the worse – she is nonresponsive and its just a matter of hours, days, etc. The overwhelming weight on my shoulders is about to break me. I’ve tried to work today and its been very distracting – when I believe my place is beside her, holding her hand as she heads to heaven.

So, with that said, and after discussions with my husband, brother and boss, I’m heading to Tampa tonite. My flight leaves at 530pm. I’ll write updates on the blog, so be sure to go there for news. There is a chance that sister Cinny will be joining me in the next day or so. My aunt is coming into Tampa tomorrow. My brother in a day or so too.

Love you all and pray that my mom will be released from this earth so she can be reunited with loved ones in heaven.

Thanks,

Lori

May 27, 2008

FROM THE FATHER’S HEART

Filed under: Daily — by Cinny @ 7:59 am

My child, you are indeed one of My precious lambs. I know your nature. Like a sheep that easily wanders astray, your cries bring Me to your side in a moment. When you are hurting, I do not pour salt on your wounds. Instead, you will feel My soothing love and tender touch, healing the cuts you have sustained. When you cannot walk alone, I will carry you gently until you have safely reached green pastures again.

Love always and every day,

Your Papa

 

May 26, 2008

Latest events . . .

Filed under: Daily — by LoLo @ 7:01 pm

a few of us are still struggling with parent issues (health) – this weekend has been no exception.  I saw my lovely friend Connie on Friday morning at prayer and we talked and prayed for her mother, who was given days to live.  I’m saddened to say that she lost her mom yesterday (Sunday) aftn.  The blessing in it all was that Connie’s daughter got to see her grandmother before she passed, as she flew in from Boston that morning.  Connie, if you read this, please know that you are in my prayers and the prayers of all of the Twisteds.  We love you very much and are there for you.

My parental issues are still at the front and center right now.  Talked to hospice yesterday and they do not expect my mom to last the week.  Good news is that my dad is being released from the hospital and going home.  He has more tests to endure later in the week, but the docs believe his heart issues are treatable.  That is awesome news, as he has enough to endure with the cancer and its treatment.  Continue to lift us up in your prayers.

I am so thankful for my friends – I don’t know how I would get through all of this without you all.  You exemplify the love of Christ in all that you do and say.  A hug from one of you is like getting a hug from God!  I love you guys!!!!!

Well, I just wanted to drop a line.  I don’t have much else to say right now.  But be sure to write a post or comment soon!

Love, LoLo

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