Thursday, December 10, 2009

A brief update...

Well, hello there! I have not abandoned my blog - just one too many life interruptions. I am almost as wiped out as my golden retriever appears.

This will be brief but I hope to be back again in the next few days with some thoughts.

My mother-in-law remains in the hospital in ICU. She seems to be moving toward the right direction with the healing of the infection and surgery. Unfortunately, the last few days have been a bit crazy (literally) with some ICU related confusion. It happens. Hospitalization + ICU + medications + over 70 years = confusion. Last night was a glimmer that the fog is clearing, so we wait some more. The doctors said she would be in the hospital close to 3 weeks. I doubted that initially, not so much now!

My sister-in-law, Robin, got some difficult news. Her doctors and insurance company feel that she needs to move to a lower level of care (i.e. nursing home). They don't think that she will make significant progress quickly enough to warrant a continued stay in the long term acute care hospital. It is frustrating to see the "system" work so poorly. There is so much that needs to be done to let her be as independent as possible but this a process that will take months if not years. As a former acute rehab nurse who worked with spinal cord injured patients, I understand but it doesn't make it easier. 44 years old is WAY TOO YOUNG to be in a nursing home.

Life is fragile friends. It is a lesson that is settling deep within me of late.

More to come soon...thank you for your continued prayers.

© A Sacred Longing 2009


  1. Hi Denise... just stopped by to check on you! So sorry to hear about your Mother-in-law! and your sister-in-law's situation!

    I so understand the situations that you have family has walked these paths as well.

    I will be praying for you and your hubby's family!!!

    Bless you,

  2. My Sweet Friend,

    I am standing beside you dear one and praying for a quick miraculous recovery for your mother-in-law no matter what doctors or health care officials say. Yes, life is very fragile. My husband and I have learned that too. You are a faith-filled woman. Stand firm in His word, His divine healing and His will shall be done in this whole situation. You and your family are in my prayers.

    I love you!

    {{{Big Hugs}}}

  3. Missing you.

    Praying for your dear ones.

  4. Continued prayers for your family today.. and for you...

  5. Will continue to pray for your MIL and for your SIL - we take our health for granted in a major way!

    Love to you today my friend

  6. I've been checking in and so glad to hear the update. God has heard and answered so many prayers in 'blogland' this month.

    I especially feel so sad for your sister in law, you are right... that is way too young.

    Praying with you for both of them, and for you and the family.


  7. Standing in prayers with you. May God cover you all with His love, grace, strength, provisions,

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    I love you blog,
    sweet blessings and MERRY CHRISTMAS!

  9. Thank you for sharing these updates dear Denise.

    I will pray for your mom in law, and for Robin. 44 years old is way too young to be in a nursing home. You are right. We will keep believing for a miracle.


  10. Thanks for the update Denise! I will continue to pray!

    That picture of your Golden brought me back to the memories of my sweet golden that just passed away right before Thanksgiving. He was 13. I blogged about it when it happened and it helped me so much. But we still miss him very much.