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I could use some prayers . . .

post #1 of 40
Thread Starter 
My grandfather is in the hospital. He'd had three strokes in the past two and a half weeks, and a couple more in the two years before that. Anyway, he went to the hospital a week ago after the second of the more recent strokes. The left side of his body was basically useless.

Well, yesterday, he suddenly went nearly comatose, and they did another CT scan this morning. He's had a fourth stroke . . . but a massive one. A third of his brain tissue was destroyed in just that one stroke. He also has pneumonia, since he can't swallow right and his saliva has been going into his lungs. His brain is now swelling and hemorrhaging, too.

The doctors have given him two weeks to live, and that will only be in this coma-like state. It's basically a race between the swelling and bleeding, the pneumonia, and the possibility of him having another stroke. One will kill him, it's just a matter of time. I'm really sad right now.

I'm not really asking for prayers that he'll get well, since I don't think that's possible. I just want prayers to help me be strong for my mom (it's her dad), and that whatever happens, that he suffer as little as possible. Thanks for listening.
post #2 of 40
Oh Viva, I am so sorry. Prayers going your family's way.

Hang in there Viva, I am thinking of you.

post #3 of 40
Oh No Viva!

Prayers coming from my family to yours!

I'm so sorry to hear about your Grandfather!

Hang in there!
post #4 of 40
I'm so sorry, Aurora Viva.
How old is your grandfather?
It's very difficult to lose a member of the family.

I remember when my daughter's great-great grandmother had a stroke (she was 86). She lasted about a week in the hospital. I don't think she was suffering but was very much afraid to die. The last few days she was comatose.

The night that she passed, we were told that she sat right up, looked at her family and smiled. Then she went peacefully.

Many blessings to you and your family in this most difficult time.

post #5 of 40
I'm so sorry about your Grandfather. I know how you feel. My Dad passed away from a stroke in 1995. My heart goes out to you and your family. I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers.
post #6 of 40
Thread Starter 
Laurie -- he is 83.
post #7 of 40
Strength going out to you and your family Viva. This is a very difficult time for the family. We went through something similar with my Grandmother.
post #8 of 40
I am so sorry to hear this I will put you and your family in my prayers tonight. Hang in there I know how you feel

post #9 of 40
I'm so sorry If you need to talk please email me or pm me Just remember that it is okay to cry, Everyone told me not to cry when my grandfather was sick, but sometimes you just need to.
post #10 of 40
Oh I'm sorry ((((((((( hugs )))))))))
post #11 of 40
(((Comforting thoughts))) to you and your family. Like many TCS people here, we've also gone through the same, and understand what you're going through. ((Hugs))
post #12 of 40
Oh, I´m so sorry Viva.
I hope he will not have to suffer much, and send you some (((be strong))) vibes! But when you feel you just cannot be strong, give in to that feeling and allow yourself to cry, your mum will understand.
post #13 of 40
Oh Viva, I'm so sorry. I'll be keeping your family in my thoughts.
post #14 of 40
My prayers are with you and your mother and for all those who love him I will pray for peace and comfort for all of you . I also will pray for your Grandfather that he wont feel any pain and when the time will come that it will be a peacefull death to him . I want you to know that my heart is going out for you .
post #15 of 40
I am so sorry,
I went through this with my Dad.
I hope you find comfort and strength in knowing we are here for you.
post #16 of 40
I'm sorry Viva. I'm praying for you and family. My greatgrandfather passed away two years ago. One of the main two arteries in his neck was 100% blocked causing a stroke. He lived through that stroke but they had to perform immediate emergency surgery to attempt to remove the block. They couldn't remove the blockage and told him that it would cause another stroke and he wouldn't survive it. Less than a week later he had another stroke and passed away.

Lots of love and prayers going your way. If you need to talk or vent or just plain cry you can email me.

post #17 of 40
Prayers to you.

I lost my grampa on April 18, 2003. It was terrible. He was 102, and even though he had lived such a long and prosperous life, it made it no easier. He spent his final 10 days in the hospital, and I drove 140 miles roundtrip every day to be w/ him until his final moments. I feel your pain....try to be strong and know that once he goes he will be looking down upon you like a guardian angel.
post #18 of 40
Viva, sorry to hear about your grandfather. I hope he doesn't suffer, for long.
post #19 of 40
I'm so sorry to hear about your grandfather. I pray he is without pain and that your family finds comfort.
post #20 of 40
Viva, like most of the others, i've "been there, done that". Will be praying for strength for you and your family, and a peaceful, painless time when your grandfather passes out of this world.

P. S. You can cry and still be strong, BTW!
post #21 of 40
Sending prayers to you & your family.
post #22 of 40
My prayers are with you.
post #23 of 40
Strength and Courage to you and your family, hun.
post #24 of 40
Viva, (((hugs))) and prayers for you and your family in this hard time.
post #25 of 40
sorry about your grandfather sending (((hugs and prayers your way))))
post #26 of 40
Thread Starter 
Thanks for the support everyone. I can't say how much this means to me. They told us today that the whole right half of his brain was destroyed from this one stroke, not counting the others. The doctor said that if it was his dad, he'd let him die. So, we had a memorial-type of church service for him today, and they were going to turn all the machines off right after. We all told him good-bye today. It's only a matter of a couple days before he dies, we think.

I'm really sad right now, and am preparing to drown my woes . . . via good ole' Sam Adams. At least for tonight. Then it's back to reality tomorrow. My little brother is over here tonight to spend the night with us, too.
post #27 of 40
Our thoughts are with you during this difficult time. ((Big Hug))
post #28 of 40
I'm so sorry for you and your family. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

post #29 of 40
Viva - I am sorry to hear about your grandfather. I will keep you and your family in my prayers...
post #30 of 40
Thread Starter 
Hey everyone. Well, my mom called me this afternoon to tell me that he died this morning. I just wanted to let you know . . . I'm really sad. I'm going to bed early tonight. I have a long week ahead of me.
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