Friendly Fill-Ins

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Please keep David in your prayers. On Tuesday, he suffered what they are calling a “true stroke”. Last night he was transferred from the hospital to a rehab center. He should be here 7-14 days.

On Wednesday, he was speaking some alien language and often mumbling. He had minimal understandable speech. He has also had some moments from the past, like Alzheimer’s patients do. Thursday was a whole ‘nother story. Most of Thursday he was as clear as he ever was. I could understand everything he said. Then, toward evening there was a little bit of garbling and a scary moment of confusion. That did not carry over into the night, praise the Lord!

So far, so good this morning. Ww are awaiting breakfast and the therapists.

Please overlook all the typos I am bound to make here. I am writing this on my phone and one finger typing is hard anyway. Fat fingers and tiny keyboards make it even more difficult.

Here are the fill-ins:

1. I believe _________.

2. I need to go Marie Kondo* on my ______________________.

3. It does no good to _________.

4. I find _________ to be a walk in the park.

*If you are not familiar with Marie Kondo, it basically means. what do you need to declutter.

Here are my responses:

I believe that everything happens for a reason, though we may never know the reason. I also believe that Jesus Christ is the only begotten Son of a living God, and that He died to save me from my sins and eternal death. A rose garden life wasn’t assured in the process.

I need to go Marie Kondo on my heart and mind. There is too much cluttering up the works these days and it is affecting my functioning on many levels.

It does no good to tell some people what is wrong, even though they are the one that asked. They don’t really want to hear the truth.

I find walking through old cemeteries to be a walk in the park. It is a walking history lesson and story time, if we just open our eyes and listen.

I do not know when David will be able to return to the fill-ins, but it will likely be at leadt a couple of weeks. He can’t see the words on this phone and lacks the coordination to type on it right now. Thanks for the prayers.

Have a blessed weekend, y’all!

Image Source: Personal collection of Suzanne Gunter McClendon.

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About Suzanne Gunter McClendon

I am a South Carolina native, but have been living on the Texas Gulf Coast for 14 years now. David and I have been married for 34 years. Our children are grown. Some are here at home, others are out in the big world doing their "thing". I enjoy genealogy, reading, writing, photography, digital art, fiber arts, cooking and much, much more.
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24 Responses to Friendly Fill-Ins

  1. Sandee says:

    Prayers and more prayers my friend. I know how you two love each other.

    Have a blessed day, Suzanne. Sending healing hugs. ♥

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    • Thank you, Sandee. We appreciate the prayers and friendship very much.

      This relationship has definitely been an adventure, as I know yours has been, too. 😊

      I didn’t forget about Friday Felines. For whatever reason, the code for the blog hop picture wasn’t in my Google doc. I will work on that shortly.

      Have a blessed weekend and a beautiful day. ♥

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      • Sandee says:

        You don’t worry about anything but your sweetie. That’s the most important thing right now and my job is to keep you and your honey in my prayers. 🙂

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        • Thank you, Sandee. I appreciate that very much. I looked into our mail inboxes and it is all so overwhelming. I am tempted to just mass delete everything because I will never catch up. I posted a press release for a cute little book on PS Annie! a few minutes ago, but that’s all I can do for now in regards to our reviewing sideline.
          The prayers are probably the only thing keeping me from screaming in frustration right now.
          Thank you for your willingness to pray and your sweet, understanding spirit.
          Have a blessed day. 🙂

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  2. 15andmeowing says:

    Thank you for still participating in the fill-ins despite all you are going through. I am glad David seems to be doing well and you can understand him. You are both in my prayers. I can understand #2, anyone’s head would be spinning right now in your position. And yes on #3, some people will never learn and don’t listen to advice even when they wanted it.They basically wanted you to say what they want you to say and when you don’t, they stop listening. I won’t say have a nice weekend because that is impossible at a rehab center. XO

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    • Thanks, Ellen. I agree that “nice” is pretty well out of the picture in this situation, but it is definitely great in that we aren’t dealing with a funeral. I was so worried that was going to be the case after he woke up and I couldn’t understand him.

      I may not be able to get to everyone’s blogs. I can read them, hopefully, but this phone doesn’t always play nice when I try to comment on them.

      Thank you so much for the prayers. We appreciate them very much. I hope you have a blessed weekend and a beautiful day. (((Hugs))).


  3. eschudel says:

    Sending positive thoughts your and David’s way. Take care.

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  4. Thanks for keeping us updated! Good to hear that David is doing better. Keeping you in my prayers.
    I think you really have a point: Decluttering our mind is as important as cleaning cupboards.
    Have a blessed week!

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  5. ghostmmnc says:

    Praying for even more improvement in David’s condition, and that he’ll be home soon. Blessings for your family. ❤

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    • Thank you, Barbara. We came home last Tuesday. He left the rehab center much sooner than they would have liked. He told them they were babying him and that we could do just as much at home. That part is true, but only if he’ll be awake long enough to do the work that has to be done. It seems I’m not the only uncooperative patient in this house.
      Thank you for the prayers. Have a blessed day. ❤

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  7. Cathy Keisha says:

    Sending healing purrz for David. That pic was jarring to say the least.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Thank you for the prayers. Everything about that evening was pretty jarring and, at moments, quite terrifying. I don’t think I’ve ever been so scared in my life as when he woke up speaking in words that I could not understand.
      Have a blessed day.


  8. Vanessence says:

    Sending up all the prayers I can, sweetheart, and more. xoxox ❤

    Liked by 1 person

  9. L.M.G. Miller says:

    I’m sorry I’m so late to visit. Thank you for joining in on the Friendly Fill-Ins, even with everything on your plate right now. Your answer to #1 is so very true, and it is a sentiment that can really help us through the tough times. My thoughts and prayers are with your entire family at this time.

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