Another prayer request if I might

Discussion in 'Messages for All Guests and Members' started by the dude abides, Oct 12, 2009.

  1. the dude abides

    the dude abides Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Hey ya'll,

    Just got a call from my mom, who just got a call from the Hospice nurse. My 90 year old grandfather, WWII Veteran and all around bad-arse MoFo, has taken a turn for the worse. They said they'd be surprised if he makes it another couple of days. My brother and I went down to visit him and Gma yesterday. We got a call from the nursing home (parents were out of town and they had my number as the emergency contact) saying they were pretty sure he'd had a stroke and that he wasn't doing well.

    It was so sad. Seeing this incredibly brave and strong man, one who made it through the war and the great depression and a multitude of crap life handed him, reduced to a pile of flesh that could barely hold his head up.

    Sometimes life just seems so damned unfair. I just hope he's not suffering. He's seen enough of that. I pray that through some miracle he makes an amazing recovery. If not, I hope he goes quickly and without pain or fear.

    Thank you all.

    Still trying my best to abide,
    The Dude
     
  2. richoso1

    richoso1 Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    It's in the hands of a higher person, just be proud to know that he was indeed a man of courage and conviction, and that you were able to share part of your life with him.
     
  3. scarbelly

    scarbelly Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Dude
    I will add you to my prayers - I know exactly what you are going thru. Mom is 92 and on hospice as we speak.
    It really is hard to see strong folks turn so weak in the end. Life is so unfair sometimes.
    Bless your grandfather and may he go with as little pain and discomfort as possible.
     
  4. the dude abides

    the dude abides Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    I understand...it just hurts so much

    God be with you and your mom too. I'll be praying for you too.
     
  5. bmudd14474

    bmudd14474 Smoking Guru Staff Member Administrator Group Lead OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Prayers coming to you from here Dude.
     
  6. the dude abides

    the dude abides Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Thanks Brian.
     
  7. chefrob

    chefrob Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    az
    prayers sent...........
     
  8. beer-b-q

    beer-b-q Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    You Got Them Dude, Prayers from Kansas...
     
  9. the dude abides

    the dude abides Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Thanks guys.

    It's odd how I've turned to this place of anonimity in a time of sadness. Maybe that's what makes me feel like this is better than friends and family...you just get support from everyone. We don't have to sit around and tell stories about them and stuff. I hate that. It just makes me feel worse and miss them more. But I do totally understand how that is what a lot of people need. I just feel good getting it off my chest, sit at the computer and have a good cry (boys, never be too proud to cry) and try and do other stuff.

    God bless all my brothers and sister here on the SMF. I'm thankful I've found this place and all of you. As weird as it sounds, I consider many of you friends.
     
  10. scarbelly

    scarbelly Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    I am so glad you wrote this. I have a wonderful family supporting me but sometimes I feel better just being here with all of you especially when I get really down. I just thought I was wierd. Funny how we all greive in a different way
     
  11. pepeskitty

    pepeskitty Smoking Fanatic

    We here in WV send our prayers to you Dude. Seems life isn't fair sometimes. Your grandfather has made a great sacrafice for his country and I speak for all of here saying that his efforts are greatly appreciated.
     
  12. bbqhead

    bbqhead Smoking Fanatic

    DUDE and SCARBELLY, my thoughts and prayers go out to you guys and your family's.
     
  13. the dude abides

    the dude abides Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    If you're wierd, then I guess we all are. Just a little anyway. It is nice to have all of you to lean on.

    Thanks. We were never allowed to talk about the war with him. I guess he would have really heavy bouts of anger and depression when he thought about it. I remember watching the opening of Saving Private Ryan. He was there. As my dad tells it, it was his job to basically toss guys off the boats into the water that were too scared to jump in. My God, what that man must've dealt with emotionally after that. He got shot once in the knee. Always had that limp to remind him. But they patched him up and sent him back out there. Later in life he'd bring up war stories here and there. You'd know to just sit and listen and never ask any questions. Just let him control the conversation. He'd always tell stories of how him and his men would blow up the bridges trying to keep the German tanks out of France.

    Thanks bbqhead. Much appreciated.
     
  14. rivet

    rivet Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    You 've got it Dude. A prayer from me to you all for the best. Hang in there, you are amongst friends.
     
  15. All the best to you and yours!
     
  16. nickelmore

    nickelmore Smoking Fanatic

    As i get older, life seems to get a little stranger, like wise dude I had an uncle who I grew up with who I thought was the biggest, strongest, smartest man on earth, sometimes even smarter than my dad. I have lost them both to diseases that withered their bodies and minds away

    My uncle is the one who turned me on to making sausage and smoking.

    My prayers go out to you and all of those with Gramps, Dad's and Uncle's. We will always have them our hearts.
     
  17. irishteabear

    irishteabear Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.
     
  18. travcoman45

    travcoman45 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Our thoughts er with ya dude. Tell that old soldier to be proud, an when the time comes (it's always to soon, but some times a blessin even though it's hardest on those left behind), he has earned a place at the table a hero's!
     
  19. rickw

    rickw Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Sorry to hear about your Gramps Dude, our thoughts and prayers will be with you and your family.
     
  20. bassman

    bassman Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Just to let you know, we're thinking of you here in western Colorado.
     

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