First, I like to say congratulations to several of my cousins (you guessed it, more baby news!) - Lindsay and her husband Matt, Cheryl and her husband Gary, and Jonathan and his wife Lori (visit Lori's blog). They are all expecting their second child! My love and prayers go out to each of you. CONGRATULATIONS!
I'd also like to ask for your prayers for my dad and for my grandmother.
Dad has recently been diagnosed with Type II Diabetes. Right now, he does not require insulin shots. Thank goodness! The doctor wants him to try to control it with diet first. He has another checkup in March. At that point, if his levels are still high, he will have to begin with daily insulin shots. Please keep him in your prayers.
Unfortunately, he also found out last night that he has Sleep Apnea [definition: the cessation of breathing during sleep]. He spent last night undergoing sleep tests at the hospital with all kinds of monitors hooked up to him. His doctors confirmed this morning that he has a moderate to severe case. He goes back in a few days to learn what his options are. It may require wearing a breathing mask at night or possibly surgery to correct it. Again, please pray for him. I love you, Dad!
My maternal grandmother ('Mawmaw' to me) suffered a stroke a couple of weeks ago. She is 83. It was her second stroke in the last six years. She's OK, but sadly she has now moved to Friendship Manor nursing home in LaGrange. This was very tough on my mom and her sisters. Mawmaw also has Dymentia thanks to the strokes, so I'm not sure she really knows she's in a nursing home. Maybe that's a good thing. Often, in her mind, she reverts back to her earlier years, thinking she has school work to do and asks when the school bus is coming. It's so hard to watch the people you love slowly forget things and not understand the here and now. Please pray for her.