Wednesday, August 3, 2011

A Prayer Request Please

Last night I received a Facebook message from California from Sandra, my former sister-in-law from my first marriage, telling me that Grandma Edith - my former grandmother-in-law who always thought of me as her granddaughter even years and years after the marriage fell apart - was in the hospital following an accident and the doctors were only giving her two weeks.

As I was at work and not able to call her, I gave my son Michael Sandra's number and he got in touch with her to find out what had happened.  The news definitely wasn't good and I'm not overly optimistic that the two weeks the doctors have given Grandma Edith will really be that long.  According to Sandra, she fell asleep while smoking a cigarette and suffered 2nd-degree burns over 2/3rds of her body. Her throat is swollen so badly that she's on a ventilator so that she can breathe and she was transferred from the local hospital in Stockton to a higher-level-of-care facility in Santa Clara.  Honestly, it doesn't sound good at all.

Grandma Edith and Precious in May of 2008
Over the years Grandma Edith has been having increasing problems with her memory and had been confined to bed for quite some time following a fall but she was stubborn and independent and refused to go live with either her son Bill or with Sandra in spite of their repeated requests that she do so.  I knew she smoked in bed in spite of repeated warnings not to and I was always afraid that something bad like this would happen.  Were it not for her neighbors who kept a close eye on her I'm sure the entire house would have gone up in flames around her.

Mike and I have been trying to figure out how we can get out to Stockton but after looking at the cost of airline tickets, I just don't see a trip to the West Coast as a viable option.  Tickets can be bought for less than $300 round-trip but that's only if they are bought 14 days in advance and I'm thinking 14 days out will probably be way too late to get there in time.  Bereavement fares for seriously ill relatives are not exactly affordable either as 5% savings is not much when you're looking at fares over $500.

Sandra was heading to Santa Clara this morning and said she'd keep me posted but I'm afraid the news probably won't be good no matter how stubborn Grandma Edith may be; there are some things that 90-year old women just can't fight and I'm thinking that amount of burns is one of them.

Please keep Grandma Edith in your thoughts and prayers that she not suffer too badly for as much longer as she may have left on this earth.  She was always very, very good to me and this is certainly not the end of a long life that I would have wished for her, though I've not seen her in over two years she has remained close in my heart and memories.  Prayers for her son Bill, who is totally devastated, would also be appreciated.  Thank you.


  1. Ooh, I am so sorry to read this. I am sending prayers that she is not suffering. I am sure burns must be the worst kind of pain to endure, especially at her age.

  2. I'm so sorry Linda. Prayers in progress. Grandmas are just so special.

    Hugs. :)

  3. Oh, dear. How dreadful. I will certainly say a prayer. God is good and He will know exactly when to call her home.

    In some ways I hope you do not go out to see her. Hold tight to the precious memories of all the wonderful times you've spent together.

    Big hugs xo

  4. I am so sorry to hear this. I will be thinking of her and you.


  5. So sorry to hear of it, Linda

  6. Very sad. I will have a good thought and hope her suffering is kept minimal...

  7. I'm so sorry to read this, Linda. I pray Grandma Edith is not suffering too much.

    Sending prayers and thinking of you. Sorry I hadn't read this before I saw you.

    Barb is right; cherish all the good memories you have of spending time with this wonderful lady.

  8. oh my gosh honey, i hope they have her pain controlled. oh how awful for her. i am so sorry.

    hugs, bee

  9. Anonymous8:49 AM EDT

    Hugs, and tons of prayers to ease her suffering, and sending lots of strength, wisdom, faith and peace to those who love her.

    So sorry to hear this.

  10. Severe pain is not a good thing, especially for a 90 y/o. Definitely saying prayers for her and the family as they all endure the inevitable. Hold tight to your good memories.

    Sending warm hugs to surround you, honey...

  11. Oh how awful! Of course I will keep Grandma Edith in my prayers and Reiki is winging it's way to her as I type. I'm sure she will understand if you can't get there Linda, she will know you are with her in spirit. Keep us posted please. x

  12. Such sad news and I know you wish you could be by her side. Hugs to you, Michael, and Bill. I will certainly keep Grandma Edith in my thoughts that she be at peace however things go.

  13. Sending hugs to you and prayers for her.


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