Good to see you pop in every now and then Jack. I hope you're well. Good post.
Just finished mother in laws funeral after 12 days bedside. Liver failure from excessive drinking. She was several days in a comma and when she awoke briefly she was catatonic from high levels of ammonia. I prayed she would wake up so I could ask her to ask forgiveness for her sons and ask Jesus to take her. A few days later she awoke and understood what I was saying. She couldn't talk but a nearly inaudible whisper acknowledged her sins asking Jesus for forgiveness. She lead a sad mean spirited miserable life but like the workers in the field some came early morning, late morning and early afternoon and at the end of the day the ones that arrived the latest to work in the fields recieved the same pay as the earliest arrivals. Her being with Jesus is the same as a life long Christian. Maybe not a head full of crowns but her sins bought and paid for by Jesus on the cross. I began talking to her her about Jesus and knowing she was dieing became so choked up I could barely talk, but she fully understood what I was saying.
The next day she was out again and during the previous day had shown no emotions only acknowledged. So I left to get something to eat and when I came back into the room she beamed with excitement seeing me and forced out "Oh, Jack". Her dozen sisters, brothers, nieces, her daughter, husband, a dozen relatives on dad's side came to see her and no emotion but when she saw me.....
Rose it was beautiful and you know why. She beamed with excitement because she knew she was going to be called home by Jesus and we shared the most precious moment the previous day that she called on Jesus. I believe the Holy Spirit spoke to her and confirmed in her heart and mind her destination, next stop Jesus.
It's been a difficult 3 week's one day a doctor saying she was dying and then the next day a different doctor telling us to make preparations for after care, next day dying, next day aftercare and the roller-coaster of emotions that put on dad, daughter and family. Then burial arrangements that changed three times ending in cremation, the clinically mentally ill family members (her sisters and Brothers) drama, and then my wife driving dad to live with us as I'm driving (national Lampoon style) with my dead mother in law, her ashes in an urn wrapped in a pendleton blanket in the seat next to me. Dad losing his bladder having temper tantrums constantly. The journey would make for a drama comical movie script. We have no kids and a cousin said " you guys had a good run, now it's pampers and pudding cups... Lol)
I beginning to get to know you and wanted to share the experience with you and a few other sisters and brothers in Christ.
I think tonight I'm going to sleep and not get up for a few days.
I'm wiped out and think a bit in shock. I had no idea how terrible alcohol is, how many die everyday slowly from liver failure like mom did. Nearly everyday in this very small town /city ten room ICU people die from liver failure. It's a tortured, slow death and how most all alcoholics will die. I was wondering why nothing is mentioned in TV, magazine ads the same way smoking is painted as a painful death from cancer. I know some people must have stopped smoking from fear seeing these ads and when the liver fails from drinking alcohol it causes the lungs to fill with fluid, along with the other organs begin failing. It's really horrific and nothing in ads showing the reality of drinking.