Dying Man’s Daily Journal – Visitors

This past few weeks has been wonderful but difficult all at the same time. Wonderful in that we have been blessed to have a lot of family visits, I really am such a lucky man. Difficult in that we have been experiencing a heat wave that is breaking all sorts of records.Over the next bit I am sure I will be writing of the individual visits. so far the visits have been from my family. Next week Vi’s family visitors start to arrive. We are looking forward to the arrival of 2 of Vi’s grandchildren along with her great grandson. Hey that makes me a  GREAT grandpa. Well, I already knew the great part (lol) it is just now everyone recognizes it (again lol)

The difficult part for me is in not being able to keep up with the physical activities, the outings and all that the family are going on. Now to be clear I am glad they are going on these outings. This is their vacation and I do want them to have a great time and not in anyway feel limited or held back by me and my limitations. Maybe I am just a little envious of their energy.

Having a great time.

25 Responses to Dying Man’s Daily Journal – Visitors

  1. Jill Cooper says:

    So glad to hear you’re doing well – I get worried when more than a week goes by without a post from you. Have fun with your family!

  2. sherry howdle says:

    Hi Bill,

    Sorry to hear the heat is still bad for you, but that you are enjoying the family visits. I am on my last day of holidays – sad for me – back to work tomorrow. I am going out for lunch with my sister Gloria today and just wanted to let you know that if your ears are ringing – it is not a medical symptom, we are probably talking about you:) It will all be good things I am sure.

    Take care,

  3. souldipper says:

    Quietly being reminded of endless supplies of energy, health and ‘fullheartedness’. One hour at a time.

    Still sending you prayers and light with TT. – Amy

  4. Mel says:

    ((((((((( Bill ))))))))))))

    I figured if you were getting whooped in Cribbage, all was well. LOL

    And I know all about the heat–104 and still going strong. It’s promised for the rest of the week…..talk about being grateful for central air….that’s me!
    I sure hope it’s okay to have a bit of envy going on…as well as a bit of celebrating. I do that. I envy the things others are able to do/tolerate that I just am not able to do/tolerate as well as I used to.
    You just take care of you, sir.
    I’m betting they understand AND appreciate that they’re not the ones who have to suggest staying home, that you’re responsible enough to do that without putting them in the position, yaknow?

    Keep cool.
    I’ll continue to wilt. LOL And I’ll hope that cooler weather finds you.

    Enjoy those grand/great grand kiddos! 🙂

    • jzahorodny says:

      Hey Bill thinking of you and your wife today. It is not often that patients leave an impression on me as I have been nursing for many years . The young would saw neons are do they even say that these days. At time I feel out of touch as work keeps me busy.I’m planning a trip for next year,something to look forward to. I’m almost 50 and it is hitting me hard.and then I think of the many patient who well never see there 50 birthday .I have finally decide to start living my life and start planning for tomorrow hense the trip. Hope this short note finds both you and your wife well.

  5. pattiredd says:

    Bill – I know how you feel when you say that you are envious of others energy! I feel the same; and of course, we miss our own past energy…

    I also had a wonderful visitor this past week. A good friend flew down to see me for the second time in three months…how wonderful to have the time to sit and talk and enjoy the company of friends and family.

    Have a wonderful time with your family and remember, they are really visiting to spend some quality time and moments with you!

    As Amy so wisely said earlier, “One hour at a time.” …on so many levels, huh?! (lol)

    Hugs, Patti

  6. Mel says:

    ((((((((((( Bill )))))))))))))

    Thinkin’ about ya.

  7. Irene says:

    Dear Bill,
    Ditto what Mel said on her last post, Wiseman.

  8. Eve Jacobson says:

    Hey Bill I am new in this blog. I want to tell you I am very inspired by your blogs. I love reading them. I think how our attudes toward others can make a big diffence and how we react to other can tell alot about us. Also we can change this world in a little randon act called pay it forward. When a person does something for others without any paybacks. I believe also how we handle our journey can make a diffence in others. Thanks so much for being such a inspiration to me.

  9. Eve Jacobson says:

    Bill it is me again listen I am a christian and my the good Lord keep you going on this wonderful journey you are taking. I will pray for you that the Lord will in his wisdom keep you healthy and give you more years to live. Hey thanks so much again for your wonderful blogs that have again inspired me I just can’t tell you enough. I have just been heart felt in reading all of them. You are a inspirational to all that have come into this blog and the world.

    • Mel says:

      Welcome to Bill’s place, Eve.

      We think he’s kinda spiffy, too! 🙂

      And Bill……Obviously you’re still be thought of and prayed for! (by more than just silly ol’ me, too!….ain’t that cool?!)

  10. Jew Wishes says:

    I wanted to share this news story, re a man who literally has a couple of weeks left to live, and discovered that the day he found out was one of the best days of his life.


  11. Irene says:

    Dear Bill,
    Just thought I’d stop in to say Hello and hope the heat and humidity of the weekend are not interrupting any plans. I’ll be out in the garden trying to sort weeds from plants!!
    Planning for school is taking up more and more of my time and energy, but that’s OK. Most of the next two weeks will be spent in the school trying to make it look inviting and comfortable to the students. I’m anxious to get started and yet fearful at the same time. I’ve got to teach like my hair’s on fire! Sure hope I can do it right.
    Praying for you always, Wiseman.

  12. Freda says:

    Sitting watching from the sidelines is never easy, but you obviously do it with great grace. Every blessing

  13. Noone says:

    I do hope you get a surge of natural energy, so you can atleast enjoy activities with your friends and family to make some last time memories.

    Good tidings to you.

  14. Betty says:

    Hi Bill,

    Hope all is well and that you are enjoying your family’s visits.

    Thinking about you…..I’m sure our group of bloggers look forward to hearing about all your adventures. However, no rush. Maybe we can expect an essay “How Bill Howdle Spent His Summer Vacation” just like when we returned to school way back when.

  15. minashadow says:

    Justed wanted to let you know I am thinking about you and praying for you.

  16. Cat says:

    So glad you’re having a great time with family visits! I feel your pain with the heat wave — we’ve been having extreme heat here, as well.

    I hope all is still going well and that you’re still having a wonderful time.

    Sorry I’ve been absent from your blog for awhile. Had a very rough past nine days or so. Will be sending you a prayer request via email.

  17. Souldose says:

    Just came to say howdy

  18. Jennie says:

    Thinking of you Bill and hoping you are having some good visits with family.

    I know that the heat and humidity are hard on your energy level, but hope you are feeling okay.

    Even when you aren’t posting frequently, I think of you often and recall so many wonderful things I have learned from you. Uh oh, I feel a random act of kindness coming on . . .

  19. Mel says:

    (((((( Bill ))))))

    Ahhhh….some relief for us in the midwest! I hope there’s been some of that for you as well.

    Rest when weary–let people do for you.
    And most of all, know you’re cared about, thought of and loved bunches!

    *thinking of you!*

  20. Simonne says:

    Hi Bill! I’m glad you’re having a great time! Sorry I haven’t been around. Doesn’t mean you’re not in my thoughts and prayers though. Which of course you are, my dear friend :).
    Sending love from Oz xx

  21. Lolly says:

    Hi Bill,
    Let me start by saying your blog is very helpful. My mom has been fighting cancer of various kinds for 4 years. The worse is her brain cancer. She has done radiation twice, but we are told there in nothing left to do. She was told 3 – 6 mths. My dad in his mid 70’s is her main caregive with nurses and support coming in. I get there as often as I can living 2 hours away and being a single mom. I find sometimes I get so frustrated I cant be there all the time, but I will be there more and more as things progress. I am in the midst of requesting a leave of absence for when the time is right (if I only knew when that would be) I think the scariest part is not knowing what to expect. I did visit the hospice site and found that to be useful, however I dont think we are quite that close. Next week, we meet with the Dr, case worker and funeral home, as she wants to be a part of it all. Today however and thanks to a steroid she is feeling more stability and “feels good” so now she is thinking we are premature, but wants to have these meetings anyway. I am really scared for her and really more for my dad.
    I am glad to hear you are “having a great time” I think thats important. In mom’s case, she doesnt get out so much now, it is hard on her. Thanks for listening (or in this case reading).

  22. lwayswright says:

    Hey, I haven’t stopped in for a while, but I am glad to see that you are doing well! that’s a really good thing! I will try to stop by more often and see what’s happening! Stay well!

  23. souldipper says:

    If I could sing like Willie Nelson, I would serenade you with “You are always on my mind…”

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