April 27, 2006 

April 27, 2006

Hello everyone-- Well about today. I went to see Dad and he was sleeping. He is being given Ativan due to increased aggitation. He is entering the last stages of this and is hallucinating quite often now. He does not recognize people so we tell him who we are before we speak. He can hear us so this afternoon Mom had an appointment and I sat with him. I read from my Bible, read a letter from a friend to him and just talked to him about everything that is going on with the Blog and life. He slept some what peacefully and only woke once to a hallucination but I told him it woudl be ok and he quieted down when I todl him who I was and that I was there to be with him so he woudl not be alone. His brother, Larry, continues to go every night to sleep near him adn calls in the morning to tell Mom how Dad did through the night. His breathing is labored but that is in part due to his lungs being damaged. He is in NO pain thank the Lord. The Lord is keeping all of us in His loving arms and that is why I think we are all not loosing our minds. We trust that the Lord is taking care of everything and we treasure each 24 hours we get to spend with Dad. Mom is an amazing women and is holding up quite well through all of this. Her sister Roberta is here to offer support and that has been a blessing for her. I have friends in Kansas that I talk to as well as Mom and that has been a blessing for me. Well, let us all pray that tonight is uneventful and that the Lords Will be done for Dad. God bless everyone and I will update in the morning just as soon as we get an update on how tonight went.
Hugs and Love to all-- Connie and family

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Comment Hello from Arizona. Since I received the notice of Rick's demise I have been in shock. Rick and Sharon was to relocate here and continue to provide guidnance which I surley need. Now I have paused and thought of my most cherished memories of Rick. It is at conventions when Charlie and Rick would hold court. Two Kings sitting side by side passing out wisdom. All of us youngsters would waltz around waiting for an empty seat to listen spellbound as crumbs would fall from their mouths. Rick helped me to understand and how to move the big book from my head into my heart and soul. It is at home, that Rick and Sharon come to mind, when people come by and the Television is turned off and attention is turned to fellowship and sharing of the heart looking at grass and nature that will not grow to demands placed by mere mortals. It is during moments of stress in relationships that Rick and Sharon shine as well. They were strong enough to share there differences and strengths providing an education in how to argue. :-)! It is at meetings when I listen and learn I hear Rick about his clown and now understand! It is during life growth spurts and AFGE's that I am reminded of his method of teeth sucking and laugh. I can go on and but service was what Rick was about and this he passed on to us all. Thanks Rick and Sharon Come one and all to visit {520-378-9352] 5571 East Calle Mano, Sierra Vista AZ 85650; or see you in Colorado in July 23-28th, 2006 at the Mt Crested Butte AA Conference / cbconference.org !

Fri Apr 28, 2006 10:25 am MST by Charles R. Cravens

Comment My heart is hurting, but I know that God has a very special place waiting for Rick. My thoughts and prayers are filled with all of you as I go through the days now. I send love and hugs to all of you and I thank you so much for keeping us in the loop via this blog. I appreciate how difficult that must be. I sincerely hope that all the love and support from everywhere is some consolation. I just wish there was more I could do. Please remember how much you are loved and remember to take care of yourselves. Rick would expect you to take care of you now that he cannot help with that anymore. Much love from the Heartland! Your cousin, Judi

Fri Apr 28, 2006 9:00 am MST by Cousin Judi from KC

Comment Dear Rick, Sharon and family, As the time grows shorter I find that I am at a loss of words to express the language of the heart that is necessary at this time. I sit with Lou and help him through his rough spots and he reciprocates. I see the faces that shift quickly to good thoughts when the names Rick and Sharon are mentioned, followed by the little smiles squirming out across their faces as great memories race across their brains. I see the big hand of the man who believed in the the responsibility of always having the hand of AA their. I hear the laughter in the booming voice as he thanks HP for a tee time at St Andrews in a long shot lottery win. I have never seen HP work through a person so much as I do with Rick. He exudes the love and spirituality of a saint and has reached the point where his HP is calling him back for bigger and greater things. I hope that I will again have an opportunity to walk the happy road of destiny with someone as spiritual as he. In the spirit of the fellowship know that we are there in spirit. Chris

Fri Apr 28, 2006 8:31 am MST by Chris Kuhn

Comment Dear Sharon and Rick and families, we just found this way of communicating with you. Please be esured that we pray for you all. We have so much to be thankful to Rick for he has helped our family going through the loss we had 11 years ago. It has been a blessing to have known Rick and Sharon for 25 years. They mean so much to us. Our thougts and prayers are with all of you. May God bless you and give you strength to go through this hard time.

Fri Apr 28, 2006 5:09 am MST by Marianne and Tony

Comment this is the hardest I have done in a long time. How do you say farewell to a person that you love ever since you met him? I know you Rick since Apr 1099, and I loved every moment I have been with you. But the most grateful moment in my life have been when you and Sharon offered your place to me after my wife went home. I cherished evry moment that I spent with you two. How can I thank you?!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I love you Rick!!!!!!!!! Sharon, I pray for strenght. love lou.

Thu Apr 27, 2006 11:10 am MST by lou toldy

Comment Dear Connie and Sharon, Thank you so much for writing every day. Connie, Sharon was right when she told me that you have really grown into a wonderful "Silver Lining". Your presence has brought her great peace and joy. I'm so glad God has made it possible for you to be there with your parents right now. I am so grateful for the grace you are showing in being open about your pain and being strong enough to write about your journey. I know I wish I could be there to hold Rick's hand while he slept and hallucinated and I am positive that I am not the only one. Your daily notes keep our hearts there with you and Sharon. I pray throughout the day, that God will continue to bring you all peace and that the grace of His timing will reveal itself. Hang in there my dear sister and kiss your mom and dad on the cheek for me. Love, Carol

Thu Apr 27, 2006 7:35 am MST by Carol Anderson

Comment James and I sympathize and empathize, since we both have done this with our mothers. The only comfort that we can offer you, from this distance, is our prayers. We pray for you to have the strength to handle this. We pray for Rick to die with peace and dignity. James and Nadis Davis

Thu Apr 27, 2006 6:15 am MST by JAMES AND NADIS DAVIS

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