Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Update Time

This rose was in one of the arrangements sent by a friend to cheer me up.

Here is the update as sent to many people.
God is our refuge and strength,an ever-present help in trouble.  Psalm 46:1
 This is a verse I cling to.Were it not for God in our lives,this would be a terrible time.
Jake,Steve and I feel God's hand in our lives daily.
Not much is changing from day to day.
We are now seeing the doctor every 5-6 days to drain fluid from Jake's abdomen.
On Saturday,he removed almost 4 liters.This usually gives jake some relief,being able to sleep,lying down.
We are scheduled to go back again on Friday.
The appetite is not returning,and according to the doctor,probably will not.
Because of the lack of appetite,jake has lost a lot of weight and is feeling weak.
Most of the time he is now using a walker in the home.
The other on going problem is that his feet are quite swollen,but again,the doc.says that this is because of how the body is not preforming as it should.
It seems that this too may just be the way it will be from now on.
He still has little or no pain and that is a praise worthy thing.
I think the doctors have finally found the right sleep aid for him.
Temazapam together with a long acting Morphine help him to have decent nights.
Thanks again for all your faithful prayers,phone calls,food and visits.We appreciate what each of you are doing to make this journey a little easier.
Once again,please feel free to drop in or call,for those of you close enough to do that.
    Thank-you to all,
        Ruth and Jake
I want to add that I am also very thankful for the many emails from you my blogging friends.
I look forward to reading each one and am encouraged by them.


  1. Oh Ruth, I have been away for a while myself and guess I missed that you were having a hard time. My prayers are with you and Jake. God is Good and will comfort you as I know from your blog that you are well aware of it. Bless you!

  2. God is our refuge -- sometimes we get weary in praying and abiding in His presence because of the forces that are against us. I am reminded of Moses in Exodus 17 how Aaron and Hur stayed up his arms and hands so that the battle could be swayed for the Lord. We so need our brothers and sisters in times like these to stay up our hands in prayer! ... to help us in the battle. I pray for you.

    That Jake is not in a lot of pain is a good thing -- something I pray for him. I'm glad they have come up with a workable solution to aide in sleeping.

  3. Praise God for the lack of pain, thanks for the update, praying for you all

  4. Beautiful. Don't think I've ever seen a rose that color before.

  5. Thanks for the update, Ruth. You're in my thoughts so much, so many things remind me of your presence in my life.....a bird, a flower. And each time I say a prayer. Hugs, Diane

  6. Thinking of you both daily - great verse, HE is our refuge and our strength.

  7. I am at least glad that Jake has little to no pain, but I certainly do pray for the situation to be different for both of you. You are in my prayers,


  8. Wishing you God's Peace and Sending you hugs and prayers!
    Beautiful rose!

  9. I'm so glad that Jake doesn't have alot of pain... That is GOOD..... You and Jake and your family have a strong faith--and I know you will hang onto God through all of this...

    My love and prayers are with both of you and your family CONSTANTLY.. God Bless You ALL, Ruth...

    Hugs and Love and PRAYERS,

  10. You and Jake are in my prayers tonight.

  11. I continue to pray for you both and was glad to see the update tonight. I'm so thankful that the pain is under control and that Jake is sleeping comfortably. Keep holding on to God's promises, for He is trustworthy and good.

  12. Dear Ruth and Jake, You are in our prayers. Thank you for the update. It is certainly not an easy time for you but I know that you feel God's love surround you in a way that you've never felt before. Hugs!

  13. Hi Jake & Ruth
    A short note to let you know; we are standing in the gap for you both. Praying our God will shelter you under His wings.

    Isaiah 41:10 (NIV)
    "So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand."

    Love your brother & sister in Christ,
    ~Bill & Betty

  14. The words of this favourite hymn are so true, and comforting:

    Great is Thy faithfulness! Great is Thy faithfulness!
    Morning by morning new mercies I see.
    All I have needed Thy hand hath provided;
    Great is Thy faithfulness, Lord, unto me!

    So good to read that the doctors have found a way to let Jake have sleep without pain. Also very good to read about your strong faith - without hope, where would we be ?

    You and Jake continue to be in our prayers.

  15. thanks for the update...keeping you in my prayers..

  16. I am so thankful that Jake isn't having physical pain.

    You both are in my prayers.

  17. Beautiful Rose - and so glad that Jake's pain is being managed so he can rest. I'm sorry you have to be going through all this. You are still in my thoughts and prayers.

  18. I'm keeping you in my prayers.

  19. I love the rose photo! You are an amazing woman who can keep on going through the rough times and that's because of your trust in God! Keeping you and Jake in my prayers.

  20. I'm very thankful that Jake's pain seems to be under control, and I pray that God will continue to help you and Steve bear the pain that you are feeling.
    All of you are in our prayers.

  21. I was so glad to read that Jake is not in pain, Ruth. I continue to pray that God upholds you both in his hands and that you continue to sense his presence each day.

  22. Ruth, thank you for the update. Praying still for you both and praising God Jake doesn't have such pain...

  23. I am so sorry to be so far away Ruth, and I thank you for the update. At least you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers daily. Thankfully Jake is nearly pain free and is getting much needed rest at night. There is something good to be said for that.
    God WILL lead you in the right direction. Let him guide you.

  24. Thank God for no pain, I just wish him more comfort.


  25. Stay strong Ruth, many kind-hearted people are praying for Jake and your family. These will all pass, it just happens one at a time. God comforts all his flock all the time. Lacking pain is already a blessing, and acceptance is a positive attitude. God help us all!

  26. Ruth I am just at a loss of words as I read your report.It brings me back to my own recent journey with hospitals and doctors and meds and sleep aids. I pray for you and Jakeevery night that you
    may both feel the comfort and generous caring thoughts that we the community of bloggers have for you both.
    love and light to you.A gentle hug for Jake.blessings from Anna

  27. Praying for you daily. My heart goes out to you. God Bless.

  28. Praying for strength and comfort for both of you.

  29. This is a difficult path. I watched my mother go through it when my father was sick. Thank God for our faith in eternal life and salvation. You will continue to be in my prayers. Oh, and thank you for sharing that beautiful orange rose with us.

  30. It's good that he has no pain now. Hope Jake has continued comfort and he is fortunate to have you by his side.

  31. Ruth, I'm so glad that you have God for your refuge and that you have good friends and family to wait through this time with you. I'm thankful that Jake is not in too much pain and hope that will continue to be the case. Thanks also that he has found sleep aids. God is trying to make this as gentle as he can for both of you. Blessings to both of you this day and each day.

  32. Thank you Ruth for giving us updates ... I'm sure this is such a tough time for you. Praying for peace and comfort for you both.

  33. May the Lord bless you with His awesome Presence and Love!

  34. Sending up a prayer for you this morning. Hugs, Diane


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