Hi friends... Just popping in (haha, no pun intended) to ask for some prayers for my Poppy this afternoon...
I realized I've kind-of left you all in the dark about him for a while now - somehow I could just never make a post about hospitals, ear infections, rashes, and nursing homes fit the "tone" of the blog - but I know many of you have come to know and love Poppy through this place over the years, and he could use all the prayers he can get right now...
To make a long (and rather gross) story short, what started as a bad ear infection back in June has turned in to a full-on bone infection of his entire face, and my usually spry and fiesty Poppy is feeling pretty weak and miserable right now. About a month ago, he had a surgery that we had hoped would bring some relief; but, instead, it has landed him in a rehab/nursing home, and his health continues to decline. It seems that, in the last six months or so, his body finally realized that he is 95 years old.
Other than some reactions to medication, we are blessed that his mind is still pretty well intact. He knows us all, and we've been able to have some good conversations and time together over the last few weeks. It is hard to say how much time we have left - Tuesday, I was convinced that we were saying goodbye, and then yesterday he was awake and dressed and up for a roll down to the common room in the wheelchair. (Of course, the fact that he is well aware of his physical condition and limitations makes some of that even more difficult too.)
Selfishly, I'm having a harder time than I thought I would seeing his decline. As someone who talked about dying ALL THE TIME, Poppy made sure we've all known he wouldn't be here forever; but, I don't think I was at all prepared for what the process would look like. Old age is really hard.
My prayer right now would be, first and foremost, for comfort, peace, and rest for my dear Poppy. Please pray that this stage will not last long and that - one way or the other - God will provide relief for him. If you would also keep my sweet mom and the rest of my family in your prayers over these next few days (or weeks/or months), we would really appreciate it.
Thanks for laughing (and crying) with me when I need it.
P.S. Here are some of my favorite Poppy posts from better days:Poppy and Sam: A Venn Diagram
Poppy Goes to the Beach
The Poppy That Cried Wolf