|All so happy to be visiting Nana and Grandpa in Fen 2012|
We chatted to Nana on Skype this evening (morning for SA). I got to have some time with the girls out the room so that I knew she could speak freely. She said that Dad is not going to come out of hospital. He is just too weak, the infection to strong and now pneumonia possibly on top of it all. She said she had left instructions that they must not resuscitate him. She understand that they have taken an oath to do all they can to save a life - but she said it is not worth it. He had the op for throat cancer last year this time and she says it's been a struggle for him the whole year. He is so weak now and she believe all his organs are shutting down. She said if we could see him we would understand.
|Lots of memories of playing in the garden.|
At our evening prayer time Brendon told the girls that Grandpa was dying and that he might not even live through the night. He explained a bit more but they know that he has been struggling and they know he has been in hospital. Hannah started crying and said "I want to be there". Oh Hannah - how you have said what we all feel.
Rachel and I shed many tears this evening too. It was a blessing to hear each one of them pray for Grandpa though.
When they got into bed I could see the tears in Ruth's eyes. I think she had kept up a strong face and so I wanted to make sure I got to speak to her individually too. I got her a tissue and just hugged her as she cried. I asked her to talk to me and tell me what she is feeling.
|I have so many memories of him on his knees|
playing with the grandchildren.
Tuesday 30 April and into our Wednesday
At midnight I got this message from Nana. "Infection down from 260 to 146 so to speed healing Dad in ICU for a few days." Thank you Lord for answering these granddaughters prayers. They were all so pleased to hear the good news in the morning. They know he is still very sick and so we will all continue to pray.
I knew it would be a day of not getting news as everyone slept in South Africa. At 6pm we called Nana (8am in SA) and got an update from her on how he was looking on Monday afternoon.
The children then had some time just chatting to Nana and it was good to see everyone smiling and getting that time together. She said she would text me once she had gotten to the hospital and seen how Dad was doing today.
|The whole family at Nana's birthday celebration.|
Just minutes later he passed away. We organized to chat with her later (the next morning for us) and then after Brendon and I chatted for a while we "tried" to get some sleep. At 5am Wednesday morning (7pm Tuesday evening in SA) Brendon and I got to chat with her. It was good for us to see her face to face and know that she was coping ok with it all.
|Grandpa treated the whole family to an amazing week away.|
Even though the family in SA did not expect Brendon to come over, he had finally decided this morning that he must go back for the funeral. My biggest concern was that he would regret not going and he agreed that it would be better for him to go. That he needed to go.
And as I said on fb today:
God has shown Himself so faithful and is a true comforter. We have been able to see many blessings from Him through this time and know that He is teaching us all and drawing us closer to Himself.
I have booked tickets for Brendon to fly back to SA next week.
Thankfully we can pay for them (or change them) on Friday once we know for sure when the funeral is.
Thank you to everyone for your messages.
Dad will be very greatly missed but we also know that this last year has been very difficult for him physically. He told Mom just a couple of weeks ago that he was tired of it all. His body had just had enough. He had a major operation at the beginning of April last year for cancer and spent just short of 2 months in hospital recovering from that. So although it is a shock for us all, we have also had time to adjust - especially Mom.
We are so very thankful that we got to visit the family in Feb last year before he got sick and so the girls have many wonderful memories from that time. I thank the Lord for this.
The girls will all miss him very much and we are sad that Hezekiah and Asher will never have the chance to get to know him. At least the older ones will be able to tell them many wonderful stories of time spent with him.