Some of my readers asked where I have been as I have not posted any new posts in the last weeks …
I have been away.
My dad became ill in May, and again early July and following several days of hospitalization 2 weeks ago, he became paralyzed. The eventual diagnosis was spinal TB or extra-pulmonary tuberculosis.
At the moment he is still in ICU following a really long and complex spinal fusion. Doctors hope that now that his spine is stabilized, the nerves will eventually recover. It may require up to 18 months in rehab.
My mom is traumatized by the sudden dramatic events and she faces many huge decisions. She will have to pack and sell, give away and donate their things and sell her house. We visited the retirement complex she has reserved and trust for God’s perfect timing to move there.
My dad’s treatments and final recovery is uncertain. Medical aid will not cover the many months of rehab. He has lost his job as the company has had to replace him, and at his age, he probably will not be able to return when he recovers.
I took an 19-hour bus trip to be with my parents and support my mom. We spent many days sorting out dad’s legal affairs and accounts.
We visited him in hospital.
We cried many times.
We prayed constantly.
My mom’s church, the ladies in her quilting group, her dog therapy group and many of her patients (she’s a physiotherapist) and family have rallied around mom and dad.
Although we live far away, I am in constant contact with her.
In the meantime, I have returned home to my family and our farm. My eldest daughter approaches her prelim exams in August and matric final exams in November. I have committed to driving her to the exam center and supporting her in these last few important months of her schooling.
I will so appreciate your prayers.
Here are some sites you may wish to view if you have any questions regarding extra-pulmonary TB: