1 Peter 5: 6-7 6 Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time, 7 casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you.
We had 3 kids, they brought a lot of joy to our lives. We had a son, and 2 daughters. Unfortunately, the girls had a lung disease known as Cystic Fibrosis. It is a terrible disease and we lost both girls to it. Renee was 22 1/2 when she died at Duke University Hospital in Durham, North Carolina. We had gone there by air ambulance to see if she was eligible to get a double lung transplant. We got there on a Wednesday, and she passed away on Friday night.
Rebecca got a double lung transplant at USC University Hospital in Los Angeles, California. She lived almost 3 full years post transplant and I was thrilled to have her in my life for that extra time. She died 10 days after her 31st birthday, and it was Mike’s 60th birthday!
Since then, on Mike’s birthday, I would plan vacations. I would tell him what to pack, but not where we were going. And I would ‘kidnap’ him. It was so much fun. I took him on a cruise to Alaska; another year I took him on a 3 week vacation on land in Alaska – the peninsula area, then we flew to Juneau, and got a float plane to take us 90 miles west of the coast to a small island and a fishing lodge. That was quite the experience. From there I planned a trip to Great Britain. We went to England, Wales, Scotland, and spent a week in Iceland. So you see, I focused on Mike so he wouldn’t focus on Rebecca’s death and then Renee’s death. Because one thought always leads to the next.
Now I am focusing on Mike in a different way. He’s sleeping almost all the time. He says he wants to begin walking to build his muscle strength, but he won’t do it. He seems to be becoming more, and more, frail; and more, and more, lost. Today he got up at 10, fell asleep in his chair, then he went to the family room and fell asleep in that chair. He ate a little bit, then he dozed off. At 6:30 he was done for the day and has gone back to bed. He refuses to listen to me when I try to get him to be more active and I am just about ready to give up trying.