Friday, April 15, 2011

An update on Merle's health.

Hi to all of you, the loyal band of readers of my Sister Merle's blog, this is her little Brother Peter reporting as requested from her hospital bed.

A couple of photos that Merle probably has never posted

Peter aged ab 3 and Merle ab 5

Merle ab 11, Dad, Peter ab 9, and our maternal Grandmother Aya.

I don't want to alarm anyone but quite frankly she gave us a bit of a scare over this last week, not that we had any particularly bad news from her medical staff, rather the opposite, without being able to pinpoint any major problems she just wasn't responding as expected, so she spent 4 days in ICU while they stabilized her.

The latest report from my Nephews John and Geoff is that they expect to transfer into a normal ward tomorrow which would indicate that the corner has been turned and she will soon be back to her normal cheerful self.

I must take a moment to praise the boys for their care and concern, this doesn't take anything away from her two girls either, its just that John living in the same town has more opportunity to help out and Geoff living in suburban Melbourne has been on hand during this week, to sum up on Merle's family they are all trumps which is what she deserves.

In the tradition of Merle's blog I thought a short prayer might be in order.

A Prayer

Dear Lord,

So far today, I am doing all right.

I have not gossiped, lost my temper, been greedy, grumpy, nasty, selfish or self-indulgent.

I have not whined, bitched, cursed or eaten any chocolate. I have not even charged on my credit card.

Thank you for that!

However, I am going to get out of bed in a few minutes, and I will need a lot more help after that.


Again upholding tradition I thought I should include a joke, this is one of her favourites.. I know because she sent it to me.

From Merle

As a young minister, I was asked by a funeral director to hold a graveside service for a homeless man, with no family or friends.

The funeral was to be held at a cemetery way back in the country, and this man would be the first to be laid to rest there.

As I was not familiar with the backwoods area, I became lost; and being a typical man did not stop to ask for directions. I finally arrived an hour late.

I saw the back hoe and the crew, who were eating lunch, but the hearse was nowhere in sight. I apologized to the workers for my tardiness, and stepped to the side of the open grave, where I saw the vault lid already in place. I assured the workers that I would not hold them up for long, but this was the proper thing to do.

The workers gathered around, still eating their lunch. I poured out my heart and soul. As I preached the workers began to say "Amen", "Praise the Lord", "Glory" and such. I preached and I preached, like I'd never preached before; from Genesis all the way to Revelation -- I wasn't going to let this homeless man go without someone taking notice of the service.
I closed the lengthy service with a prayer and walked to my car.

As I was opening the door and taking off my coat, I overheard one of the workers saying to another, "I ain't never seen anything like that before and I've been putting in septic tanks for more than 20 years."


Lady Di Tn said...

Thanks Peter for updating us on Merle's progress. Please give her my love and prayers from Tennessee. Peace

jel said...

yes Thanks Peter, for the update.

have been thinking about her!

love the jokes! :)

sending Merle a big hugg!

Anonymous said...

What a dear brother you are! AMEN to the prayer and the joke was the best!
I'd been wondering how Merle was doing and I'm happy "she's turned the corner". She is a dear, delightful soul and I'm so glad I found her on Blogger!

Anonymous said...

Than you, Peter, for letting us know about Merle. She is such a sweet person and I will keep happy and positive thoughts of her until she can return to her blogger family. Hugs, Merle...

Joy Des Jardins said...

Thank you so much for updating us about Merle's medical progress Peter. I'm very relieved to hear she has come through the rough patch and and is now stabilized. I imagine you all were a little tense during the time she wasn't responding as had hoped. She is one tough cookie...and I know she'll bounce back in all her glory. Please give her my love and we all are anxious for her to return to her blog and fill us in when she can. Thanks again for the update Peter....those pics are wonderful. Hugs, Joy

Big Dave T said...

Sorry to hear the Merle is in the hospital but happy to hear she's on the mend. My grandma went into the hospital this week and we were worried about her too. But she's 99 and anytime someone that age goes into the hospital you have to worry.

I'll include a little prayer for Merle when I say my bedtime prayers tonite.

Gigi Ann said...

Thanks for the update, Peter. I hope Merle has a speedy recovery. Not feeling well is no fun. Get well soon.

Karen said...

Thanks for letting us know... I'm so happy that Merle is improving. She's such a sweet spirit and I hate the thought of her in the hospital. Please tell her I'm sending lots of love, hugs, and prayers her way and am looking forward to her return.

Meow (aka Connie) said...

Thanks Peter for letting us know. Please pass on my love and best wishes to dear Merle ... she is such a beautiful person.
Take care, much hugs ... Connie xxx

Granny Annie said...

You may report to Merle that you did a great job as a substitute blogger. Thank you so much for updating us because there is a lot of concern out here in cyber space about her health. Please give her my best.

Pearl said...

Thanks so much Peter for giving us information on Merle. Please tell her we love her so much and can't wait for her to get back to her blog. She spends so much time trying to bring smiles and giggles to our day that I wish there was something I could do to cheer her. Tell her I will be praying for her quick recovery.

Gina E. said...

Thanks from me too, Peter. I'd planned on visiting Merle on Monday if she was okay, but life at this end got in the way, and I never even got around to calling the hospital to see how she was. Probably just as well, as they wouldn't have told me much, and I'd be wondering what was going on. Love and hugs to the dear lady.

Deborah Wilson said...

Thank you, Peter, for updating on Merle. I'll be thinking of her and sending a prayer her way. Tell her that I hope that she feels better real soon. We all miss her very much!

Dave said...

My thoughts and prayers are with you Merle.... please get well soon!

HORIZON said...

Hello Peter- thanks for the post :) I've been away for the week but had been thinking of Merle. Am so glad she has been moved from ICU- must have gone through the mill !! Merle has the most lovely and upbeat spirit- please pass on my love and tell her we miss her but to rest and get better first before blogging again. So glad she has had her family around- what more would anyone want. Bests for now.

Lee said...

Thanks for this information, Peter. Please pass on my very best wishes to Merle...tell her I order her to get better soon!

Take good care, Merle...hugs...Lee

Anonymous said...

Thannk you Peter for the update. I check on my Merle blog really often. She lightens my day, I love her jokes and her personality.
Tell her I, in California, USA is praying. Love her

Anonymous said...

Kisses and healing hugs to Merle! I come to your page a few times a week to read your funnies and see how you're doing!