Saturday, September 12, 2009

Another Night - UPDATED

Well, he made it through last night and today, but we don't see how. He is now showing signs of pneumonia in his right lung. They don't think he can hold out much longer, but they don't know my daddy. We left early today. He's struggling to breathe and choking a bit, and while they are keeping him out of pain, it's so hard to see him struggling so, and Mama didn't want to stay and see him that way. It was her choice, and I respect that. They are taking good care of Daddy, now I need to take care of Mama.

When we got there this morning his eyes were open and I started talking to him. They think the strokes have affected his left brain, so his right side is weakened as well as his speech. I kissed his forehead and talked to him. Once again I told him it was okay to rest and go home now. Yesterday I don't think he understood me, but today he had tears in his un-seeing eyes.

We didn't get much sleep last night, and I'm not sure if tonight will be much better since once again we'll be waiting for the phone to ring. I'm exhausted, Mama is exhausted, Daddy is exhausted. Please pray for a quick passage for Daddy, and rest for Mama and me. Thank you so much for your encouraging words and prayers!

Fay - you have no idea how much your words meant to me today! I love you, friend! Maybe when this is over I can come down and visit with you again. You know I would love to, but haven't felt like I could leave here for a long time.

K-Sue, Lissy Lou, Aimee, Mildred, Tara, Nancy, Jane, Helga and all of you - thank you so much! I am one blessed woman!


Update: He is gone. My daddy is walking the golden streets in heaven, and rejoicing with loved ones who have gone before. Praise the Lord!!! I have this strange mixture of sadness and joy, but I am okay. Mama and I can rest now. We'll be making arrangements tomorrow afternoon after a morning of calling friends and family and trying to relax a bit.

Mildred, I think you prayed him into heaven! I got your comment about ten minutes before I got the phone call - Thank you! We've got to meet some time soon!

Thank you each and every one for your prayers during this time! Please continue to remember us in the upcoming days.

Larry O'Brien Forrester
October 11, 1930 - September 12, 2009


Anonymous said...

Thank you for sharing your specific prayer requests - that is what I am praying for you all. God bless each of you.

K-Sue said...

Thank you for letting us know. I'll continue to lift you all up as the next days unfold, and friends and family gather to remember and comfort one another.

Anonymous said...

I awoke and checked your blog just now - I am thankful that your Dad is no longer suffering. I pray that you and your Mother are comforted by the love and prayers of friends and that God surround you with His peace.

Fay said...

Becky, I am so sorry for the loss of your Dad but now he is walking those streets of gold in heaven with no more pain. I know you will miss him like crazy. I am praying for you and your family.



Ladybug in TN said...

Let's just praise the Lord, praise the Lord. Let's just reach our hands to heaven and praise the Lord.

Thank you God for your tender mercy in taking Mr. Garrison home. May Becky and her Mom feel the unspeakable peace that one has at this time of separating from loved ones in the flesh. Give them the knowledge that their loved one shall always be part of them as well as the memories of good times shared.

Love to you Becky.

Dreaming In Pink With Roses said...

Dear B, I just wanted to let you know I'm here praying for you & your Mom.. I pray you feel the Lords arms around you in comfort..So good that he is with the Lord now..where there is no pain or suffering..Just awesome Beauty...
I will pray for strength to endure all the things you & your Mom will have to do in the next few days..

Always here praying.. With Lots of Love ~ Teresa

tara said...

Oh sweet Becky, I am so sorry for your loss...,losing a loved one is so hard, but I know your dad was suffering, so I am rejoicing that now he can be free of his pain and walk with peace. I do hope you and your mom can find strength from each other. Thinking of you...xo