Sunday, March 18, 2012

MERCY NOW

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e5MG1ZfFiZ8

A song by Mary Gauthier (pronounced Mary Go-Shay). 
My brother could use a little mercy now...he's in the hospital after having a heart attack (100% blockage in one area of the heart and 80% blockage in another area + has had a stent put in and is now in congestive heart failure).  All this from smoking (as his doctor says). 

He wants to go home.  I wonder if he will. 



16 comments:

Gary L. Everest said...

Hi Rhonda,
I'm so sorry to learn of your brother's illness and of being able to offer little more than words.
Sincerely,
Gary.

jgr said...

Rhonda, I am so sorry to hear of your brother's illness. I'll keep him in my prayers.

Studio at the Farm said...

Rhonda, I really hope your brother makes it out of the hospital on his own two legs!

Vicki Greene said...

My prayers go out for your brother and I am so thankful that mercy is still avilable.

Carol Blackburn said...

Sorry about your brother,Rhonda...good thoughts and prayers for him, of course.

Carrie'sCreations said...

So sorry, Rhonda! Saying a prayer for your brother.

Gaylynn said...

So Sorry to read this about your brother. Praying for you and your family.

RH Carpenter said...

Thanks so much for your good thoughts, Gary, Jane, Kathryn, Vicki, Carol, Carrie and Gaylynn. Every positive thought and prayer for him is much appreciated. The nurse told us tonight that the congestive heart failure/fluid build-up is getting worse. And he's climbing the walls of his room from the withdrawal from cigarettes (2 packs a day for more years than I can count).

hw (hallie) farber said...

I'm sorry to hear about your brother; I hope things get better.

Lisa Le Quelenec said...

Thinking of you all with positive thoughts and healing hugs. I'm sorry you are having such a worrying time.

CrimsonLeaves said...

Oh dear, Rhonda. I hope that the doctors can bring healing to your brother. My mom had a heart attack last weekend and she had two blockages in the heart and another in the kidney. They have put stents in the heart but haven't touched the kidney. They said it was due to smoking also. May your brother get better and quit smoking too.

Cathy Gatland said...

Just listened to the song, so beautiful - and we all sure could

RH Carpenter said...

Thanks, Hallie and Lisa :)

Sherry, people don't know smoking can cause heart attacks, I guess; or they just don't want to think about what they are doing to themselves with this addiction. I hope your mother gets better. My brother, too, has issues with his kidneys and liver. Your mother is the 4th person I've heard about this month who has had a heart attack.

Cathy, that song always gets to me...

Carol Blackburn said...

Mornin' Rhonda, I hope today brings better news about your brother's health and some positive changes. I hope they put him on the nicotine patch to calm his addiction and help him relax. They could even ask him if he wants some sedation so he mostly sleeps while recovering but is still alert enough to be roused and talk with family. There is no need for suffering these days but I think the MD's are afraid of lawsuits so hold back offering help.

Tina Besecker Marohn said...

Rhonda, so sad to hear your brother is in such a place. I feel for him, you and your family. Sending lots of prayers for all of you.

RH Carpenter said...

Thank you, Carol and Tina. Carol, he is on a nicotine patch, plus Zanex (?) every 6 hours for anxiety plus he gets Ativan at night or whenever he needs it to calm him down. Still not helping much. I'm unsure why they won't up the dosages of things - perhaps they think he's a junkie coming off meds, too? His doctor gave him so many meds and didn't give him much guidance on taking them that his liver and kidneys are now damaged. It's not because he doesn't have insurance (he doesn't) but because the doctor is an idiot who should have retired years ago :( Of course, one has to take responsibility for themselves these days and not just believe anyone in a white coat who says you should take this or that.

I do appreciate all the positive words and thoughts and prayers and wishes going his way - picturing them all in a rainbow of colors around him to help him. I'd like to be able to hynotize him that, each time he even sees a cigarette, he gets a terrible taste in his mouth and starts sneezing - or something like that so there's no temptation to take another puff.