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TabacVille, NC(Zone 7a)

Abbisgranma (Marion) has asked me to relay this message that she won't be able to meet the deadline of a "winter swap block" as there are urgent family matters that demand her attention.
She apologize in advance for this, and I have assured her that the ladies here would understand.

I tried looking for the particular group she's referring to... but I got lost through the threads!

Thank you ladies.


(Barb) Manchester, NH(Zone 5a)

Please let her know that we DO understand and that our prayers are with her and her family. Sending gentle hugs......

TabacVille, NC(Zone 7a)

Thank you Barb. She certainly will need all the prayers sent her way.
If you're aware of the swap she's talking of, can you please let the organizer know?

This is what she said:
"We need prayers big time for here!! Mom started coughing up blood Tuesday evening and was rushed to the hospital. She lost about 1/2 cup which is not what she needs at the time; down to 82 pounds and running a fever. She has been put on a stronger antiboitic for the pneumonia and is now in isolation as the are making sure she hasn't contracted TB at the nursing home. We are all on standby until the results of the testing comes back. Sad to say, it must be considered as her aid is Haitian and does make frequent trips back and forth. He may not have it but could be a carrier so in the meantime, testing are being done. They have not been able to stop the bleeding, she is alert but oh so weak.
I am here waiting until we know more information and how things develop over the next few days. "

This message was edited Nov 25, 2011 10:53 AM

(Pat) Kennewick, WA(Zone 5b)

Oh Marion! They had such a rough go of it!

(thunder)Wildwood, FL(Zone 9a)

if you speak to her again Jaye, give her our love, and tell her we all send big loving hugs!!!

TabacVille, NC(Zone 7a)

Yes Pat. It's not easy when you have a small family. It's just Marion and her sister to keep watch over their mum.
Hopefully the antibiotics will help.

I'll let her know Thunder. She tried logging on to DG, but couldn't get through.

Houston, TX(Zone 9b)

My prayers are with Marion and her family.

TabacVille, NC(Zone 7a)

Thank you Sheila.

Tonight's *news* from her.

"Mom hasn't lost any ground today nor has she gained any. She is getting morphine every 4 hours as directed by the doctor now. It helps with her breathing and actually allows her to get some rest. I did forget to mention I think---she has a broken rib which is adding to the mixture. No clue when or how this happened. Atleast today she hadn't coughed any more blood and we are hoping and praying it continues this way."

(Pat) Kennewick, WA(Zone 5b)

I'm sure she is so fragile a broken rib could easily happen. My thoughts and prayers with Marion & her family.

(Barb) Manchester, NH(Zone 5a)

Keeping you and yours in my prayers every day Marion. Try to take care of you too.....

(Linda Kay) Del Rio, TX(Zone 9a)

Sending lots of prayers her way!

Oracle , AZ(Zone 8b)

Marion, my heart goes out to you and your Mom. Life is so hard at times. There are no words that can make this easier to bear. Just know that you will be able to smile and find joy again. Been there. I know.

Ottawa, ON(Zone 5a)

Well said Gloria...been there too *hugs*

Marion keeping you and your Family in thoughts and prayers.
Hugs and love

TabacVille, NC(Zone 7a)

Tonight's note from Marion:

"Things are not any better, in fact, not a very good report today. She is unable to bring up anything, they did say she has mucus that she is unable to expel. A doctor told her nurse today that she is trying to leave us. The skin test for TB is negative but the infectous disease doctor said we have to wait until the blood test comes back before we can stop wearing all the "grab". They are keeping her comfortable with the morphine. Today she wasn't interested in eating very much and it was difficult to drink with a straw. What will be, will be it is out of our hands. Sue and I just pray she is not in any serious pain and can go peacefully if it is time. They did do a chest xray today so we should have a better understanding how the pneumonia is doing.

Yes, there are many things that could have caused the broken rib. Unfortunately they are unable to tell us how old the break is so we are just very careful with her.

Thanks for all the thoughts and prayers to all here during this time. We certainly need them."

(Linda Kay) Del Rio, TX(Zone 9a)

Sending lots of (((((((((((((((HUGS))))))))))))) to you Marion! Lots of prayers too!

Thanks for the update Jaye!

Huron, OH(Zone 5b)

sending prayers and hugs!

(Barb) Manchester, NH(Zone 5a)

Keeping you in my heart Marion......

(Karen) Traverse Cit, MI(Zone 5a)

All our love and thoughts are with you Marion at this difficult time. Sometimes loved ones need "permission" to go, my mom did.

(thunder)Wildwood, FL(Zone 9a)

what Karen said...and lots of hugs, and love..

Cocoa Beach, FL(Zone 10a)

Adding my prayers, too.

Lexington Park, MD

sending prayers and hugs Marion

(Elizabeth) DFW Area, TX

Oh Marion, I'm sorry that the news is so discouraging, right now. :( The morphine is probably what's keeping her appetite dulled, but at least she is not in pain. I hope that she will have some lucid moments with you first, if this is indeed her time to go. May our good God keep you and strengthen you and give you His peace. Sending a hug and prayers for you all.

Victoria Harbour, ON

Keeping all in my prayers!

TabacVille, NC(Zone 7a)

Awesome group of ladies here. Besides a common interest in quilting, you all show very much needed compassion. Thank you.

Haven't heard from her this past weekend. I'll update this thread as soon as I hear more.

Victoria Harbour, ON

Thanks Jaye..will continue to pray..but all anyone can do right?
May God's will be done!

Ottawa, ON(Zone 5a)

Holding Marion and Family in thoughts and prayers too...

(Cheryl) Wilmington, MA

Same here. gosh it is so hard dealing with illness and really tough when it is your family. Marion Hugs and lots prayers for you, Sis and Mom.
Love Cher

TabacVille, NC(Zone 7a)

On her Facebook wall Dec. 12th..
"We finally have Mom out of the hospital, still very, very weak. This was a major setback. Thanks to everyone for their thoughts and prayers."

(Linda Kay) Del Rio, TX(Zone 9a)

Continuing lots of prayers for them!

Victoria Harbour, ON

Sending prayers along with those before me

(Marion) Havana, FL(Zone 8b)

I have returned home for a while and I thank each and everyone of you for your thoughts and prayers. I will never be able to express how much you taking the time to post has helped. My son had been out of state working when the latest happened with his grandmother. When he returned from his job requirements he came to see her and I came back with him.

Before Mom was sent back to the nursing home, she had to undergo a scope of her lung. Actually they "cleansed" the lung and took cultures to send off for more information. We were told she has bronchitis, pneumonia and the lung has liaisons (no cancer) and a cavity caused by acid reflux. She was moved back to the nursing facility when she stabilized from the procedure. She is extremely weak, sleeps more now and her appetite has decreased a great deal.

After many questions and discussions, it was suggested I come home to take care of some issues here........the fact our a/c - heat unit chose this time to die!!! The Hospice rep. said if there was any change they would call me direct rather than going through my sister. So I am trying to get some things done for a small family holiday before returning to stay an extended length of time with my sister.

Again, thank each of you for your kind thoughts and prayers. A wonderful holiday to all and take time to hold those who are so dear and precious to you just a little closer!!!

(Linda Kay) Del Rio, TX(Zone 9a)

Glad to hear your back home, even for a short time, and your Mom is back in the nursing home! ! We will continue prayers for your Mom and you traveling back and forth! Get some rest, and hope you get your A/C - heater working soon!

Longboat Key, FL(Zone 9b)

I am so in tune as to what you are facing every single day and am sorry that i cannot help to ease the pain.

Keep well to have strength for what's yet to come. helene

(Pat) Kennewick, WA(Zone 5b)

So good to see you Marion, you & yours continue in my thoughts and prayers. Sorry you are during with a grumpy heating unit!

Victoria Harbour, ON

Will continue to keep you and yours in my prayers..

(Barb) Manchester, NH(Zone 5a)

Praying for you and your family daily Marion. Try to take a bit of time for you if you can. I know it's not easy. Godspeed my friend....

(Karen) Traverse Cit, MI(Zone 5a)

Nothing I can say will make it better. (((((((((HUGS))))))))

Fleming Island, FL(Zone 9a)

Marion - I think of you often & pray for the best.

Lowell, IN(Zone 5b)

Ditto the prayers Marion... I'd rather the heat/air die in cold weather. Ya can always put a sweater and more clothes on. In the heat, you can only take off so much and still keep the shades up.

(Marion) Havana, FL(Zone 8b)

Heater is fixed--yet again. I was really worried this time as my unit is 37 year old and living on borrowed time in my opinion. $60.00 and back in business--just don't make them like they used to anymore. The caps that cover wires, wire nutsI think they are called, cracked thus shutting down the unit--replaced with something other than plastic this time.

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