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Saturday, November 26, 2011

Kidd's Beach - East Londen

I collected my sister Ansie from the airport on Thursday and we left for East London directly. We were both shocked to see how thin our dad's has become.  He is just skin and bone...and his colouring is yellow.  According to the CT scan the tumour in his lung is 8cm in diameter. We stayed with him until 8 the evening and then ran to the car in the pouring rain. We decided to have supper at Grazia on the beach front of East Londen before we return to Kidd's Beach.
We woke to a beautiful day on Friday morning and decided to go for a walk on the beach before we return to the hospital.  
A little bit of heaven on this earth.
Mom and Me.
Unspoiled beaches.
Ansie and Mom

We then left for the hospital and was just in time to greet my dad before he was wheeled into the theater for a biopsy of the mass in his lung.  When he came out of theater he was in so much pain and he struggled to breathe.  There is nothing as emotionally draining than seeing somebody you love struggling to breathe and grow more and more anxious.  He sat upright and Ansie massaged his neck and shoulders. We called the sister and she gave him a cortisone injection.  He is a stubborn man and insisted that he didn't feel better although the machine that measures the oxygen in his system showed it within acceptable range. He also refused sleeping tablets saying that he can't sit up and sleep. Eventually Ansie coaxed him into taking a sleeping tablet after she told him it was just something to relax him. We eventually left the hospital after he fell asleep at 8:30.  We drove back to Kidd's Beach and just collapsed into bed.

I hope that he is feeling a better today.

20 comments:

  1. All the best, Lynette. Thank you for sharing.

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  2. Big hugs too you Lynette. Thinking of you. xx

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  3. U have been on my mind since we spoke on Thurs. i am sure it must be so difficult seeing your dad in that condition, but at least you have Ansie and your mum has both of you there to lean on.

    x

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  4. Dear Lynette my heart and prayers are with your dad and all your family my friend.

    A bug Hug!
    Luzma

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  5. You've got some great photos to remember these days with. Enjoy your family time together, and just treasure the time as well spent.

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  6. Oh Lynette, so sad, thinking of you all!

    Those are the most incredible pictures!

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  7. Keeping your family in my thoughts at this difficult time. Such a stressful time for all. Your photos are beautiful.

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  8. Such poignant family photos, Lynette. Everyone of us reading your story can relate. So sorry for your mom, putting on a brave face. Strength, my friend!

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  9. I hardly know what to say Lynette - facing the loss of a parent goes beyond words.
    May these days be full of meaning and richness for you all
    XX

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  10. I'm praying for God to give all of you exactly what it is you need (only He truly knows :)).

    Your pics are breathtaking and for the first time, I want to go to East London :)

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  11. Beautiful photos of all of you and the scenery too! I am praying for your family and your Dad too! God bless! :):):)

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  12. Genade, ek was so besig met my eie ou dramatjies en werk dat ek skoon vergeet het om rond te loop op die internet en almal se blogs te lees. So jammer om te hoor van jou pa se siekte. My eie ma is dood aan longkanker en my pa aan emfiseem, so ek weet net hoe moeilik dit vir julle moet wees om te sien hoe hy spartel vir elke asemteug! Ek dink aan jou vriendin en bid vir julle almal in hierdie moeilike tyd.
    Ek kom die 17de Desember Jeffreys toe. Hoe ver is jy daarvandaan. Miskien is dit moontlik dat ons uiteindelik van aangesig tot aangesig kan ontmoet.

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  13. Your pics are breathtaking. I have never, ever been to EL but I think that I would LOVE it there.
    Thinking of you and your family in this time.xx

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  14. Oh my friend, that must be so hard. Lots of love - and thanks for the beautiful pictures.

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  15. Thinking of you and the family Lynette. Your Dad seems to be in good hands and are getting loads of TLC from his girls.
    Hugs
    Desire

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  16. So sorry about your dad. Some beautiful photos you have here - your skies are so blue - do you edit them or is that just how they come out - using a polarizing filter perhaps? Whatever you are doing you sure are getting it right!

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  17. Thanks for sharing Lynette, sorry to know that your dad has to go through such pain, big hugs.....

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  18. How hard to see a loved one go through such a hard time. I will keep you and your beautiful family in my prayers. xx

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  19. Sorry to hear your Dad is so unwell. Holding him in my prayers. I have just spent the last 3 weeks with my Dad in hospital, so I can sympathise. It's frightening how tiring visiting a family member in hospital can be. It was all I could do to drag myself out of the car, I suppose it's the strain of seeing them struggle with it all. I can thank the Lord that he is now on the mend, although his heart condition will never be reversed. I have to tell you, in the 4th picture down of you and your Mom on the beach is exactly where my husband and I had our wedding photo's taken! I'm from EL, so I loved the photo's. Thank you. xxxx

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