God’s Timing

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My dad on the occasion of his 92nd birthday, July 2010

This has been one of the hardest weeks of my life. Remember my 92-year-old father in the green sweater? We had to move him to a nursing home a few days ago.

He had a rough night/morning this past Wednesday and my mom called me too early in the day.  So early that it made my heart skip a few beats when the phone rang, especially after looking at caller ID.  Without going in to detail, we ended up taking him to the emergency room.  The good doctor could find no reason to admit him (no evidence of a stroke) but the social worker recommended he go into a skilled nursing center since his balance is off and he could not walk or stand unaided.  Fortunately, the med center area of the retirement village where my parents already live had an opening and he was able to move in immediately.

Through all the tears, I have seen God’s hand at work in several ways:

  • This all happened on Wednesday, my regular day off from work so no patients had to be rescheduled for their appointments because I wasn’t there. God’s timing is amazing.
  • My husband was a life-saver in helping to transport my Dad to and from the hospital. Thankfully, his job allows him flexibility. He also made sure we had food for the kids for our usual Wednesday night dinner together at our house that night. God’s provision is sufficient.
  • Within 20 minutes of my dad moving into his new room in the nursing center, he had a non-family visitor drop by with well wishes and encouragement.  God’s timing is perfect.

I’m praying my dad will improve quickly so he can return to his apartment with my mom. I know God’s timing will be just right even if it doesn’t fit our desires or schedule.

Coming soon:  A post about why I’m a total bread machine freak.  You might want to consider adding a bread machine to your Christmas list if you don’t already have one.

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TheKitchenWitch October 23, 2010 at 1:37 am

Thinking of you. What a heartbreaking development and yet, you manage to find the silver linings. Bless your optimistic little heart. xoxo

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astheroshe October 23, 2010 at 6:35 am

I read your blog frequently. It is very difficult having to admit someone to a LTC ( nursing home) . However, besides being a blogger, and part- time Chef, my real profession is a Physical Therapist, and my primary work is in a nursing home. If you need any info, i would be glad to help :) Keep the faith!

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Paula October 23, 2010 at 8:22 am

I too hope your Dad can return to his apt. with your Mom very soon. It is so hard at their ages to be separated from one another. They are both lucky to have such a wonderful caring daughter.
Best wishes on a full recovery for your father.

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Der October 23, 2010 at 8:57 am

Thanks for posting this.
Saying my prayers for Grandmom and Granddad!… and for you!

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Kalynskitchen October 23, 2010 at 11:56 am

My own father has been in an assisted living center since March of this year, so I know what a hard decision this is. Sending good wishes for your dad.

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Katrina October 23, 2010 at 2:13 pm

Thoughts and prayers to you! Isn’t God’s timing amazing! I just realized (I’m slow and WAY behind)–are you not doing TWD anymore? :(

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Kay Little October 23, 2010 at 4:13 pm

Thank you for posting your faith and encouragement you have in your Heavenly Father and your loving father here with you. I am always refreshed and encouraged after reading your blog. Yes, God’s timing is always perfect…keep believing he will let them be together soon! Blessings, K

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peggy October 23, 2010 at 7:55 pm

Keep the faith that this will all work out for the best for your father. I have gone through similar experiences with my parents. It is hard to be away from them. It is in God’s hands.

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Paula October 24, 2010 at 2:29 pm

Thank you for the good reminder that it is indeed in God’s hands—thankfully.

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Ann Hastings October 25, 2010 at 4:43 pm

Praying for your sweet dad & mom as well as your whole family- God is in control!

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Susie October 25, 2010 at 5:22 pm

I need to hear an update on this soon….been thinking/praying for y’all.

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Karen October 28, 2010 at 11:10 am

I hope your dad is able to return to his house as soon as possible and you all can find strength during this difficult time. Don’t forget to take good car of yourself and let others help you! Sounds like you already have a great support system in place. All the best to you and your family.

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Karen October 29, 2010 at 10:08 am

I’m just catching up on my favorite blogs. I hope your dad is doing well and that he can be with your mom again soon. Prayers for all of you! xo

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mike October 30, 2010 at 1:32 pm

As always – thoughts and prayers for this difficult time. I’m hoping he will return to the place he is most comfortable – that is so important. And I’m sure he is ever grateful for you and your family’s support – a little goes a long way.

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Jane @ Sweet Basil Kitchen October 31, 2010 at 5:18 pm

I could feel your emotions as I read your post. My father has Parkinsons Disease and it is progressing to dementia. Just this week we got OK’s from the Vets Dr. for some home health care, twice a week. My mother is wearing down from the 24/7 care she gives him. What a sweet sweet photo of your father, made tears come to my eyes. What a blessing though to see how God is providing for you all.

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