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  • #50860
    Goodcheer
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    I recently asked for prayer in Little Sparrow’s thread for my Dad’s extreme crabbiness and weeping leg ulcers. At my suggestion, he started taking Vitamin C and also Vitamin D3. I’m severely deficient in D myself, and on researching it online, I discovered an obscure, small research paper showing some promise of D3 in healing leg ulcers. It turns out that he had been taking it in the past, and had stopped months ago, and doesn’t remember why he stopped, besides getting bored with taking supplements.

    Dad’s weeping sores have been getting very hard for us to live with, and he had started to wear garbage bags on his legs to contain the odor and puddles everywhere he walked. He goes to the Wound Care Center three times a week for treatment and thick bandaging.

    So – I asked for prayer a few days ago, and he started the vitamins. The next day (yesterday), he went for his regular bandaging. The people that treat his legs were surprised. They said that they had expected a lot more weeping of the wounds, especially after the weekend (when he goes a day longer between bandaging). That surprised ME, because it sure seemed like a lot of weeping to me! He was also cheerier yesterday (like night and day). He told them about the vitamins, and they have no objection.

    Today I woke to find him making himself some pancakes and he had recorded on TV an amusing news story for me! During his breakfast, he asked me for some more vitamins. I gave them to him, saying, “Dad, it’s hard to believe taking vitamins would have such a quick response.” He agreed, saying it was just amazing. So then I confessed to him that I had requested prayer here, and that people were praying for him. He was very pleased, saying that a lot of people praying together have “psychic power”. I said, “No, Dad, we’re not psychics, we’re Christians. We pray, Jesus answers.” We left it at that!

    So I’m praising the Lord for the improvements, and praying they continue. Maybe this will help open Dad’s heart to Jesus!

    Delight thyself also in the Lord: and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart.


    #50881
    Lisaleenie
    Lisaleenie
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    Oh, that’s great news, Goodcheer! God is good. I will pray for your dad’s complete healing, and also for his salvation.

    Does your dad have lymphodema? I used to have a co-worker who had that, where her legs would swell up so badly that the lymph fluid would literally ooze out of her swollen legs, and she would have to bandage them every day.

    Being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ.
    Philippians 1:6


    #50895
    Goodcheer
    Goodcheer
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    Thanks, Lisaleenie! God is good! Yes, he has lymphodema and venous insufficiency, a pacemaker, age related things like arthritis. So, good nutrition is of utmost importance. He has had contracted work to do for the government for many years, and recently was informed his help (very light as it was) wasn’t needed anymore. I try to help his mood, joining in with him as we “talk back” to the news on TV!

    I just finished disinfecting his “boots”, and came in to find tiny puddles of wound fluid across the floor. But he went a lot longer before this appeared this time than before!

    I would like to see him have the bandages changed every day, but that would mean leaving Navy care altogether. I’ve asked him to look into this further, that perhaps it would be allowed for him to have the lymphodema treated separately, while maintaining other healthcare with the Navy. Add to all this, the only nurse who can bandage him properly, he says, is being re-assigned! With all the Defense Dept. cuts, he feels fortunate to be getting any care there at all, doesn’t want to “rock the boat”, prefers to “fly under the radar”! That last part is interesting, in that in the 1950’s, early 60’s, he had helpful discussions with the Israeli Air Force about that kind of flying. I feel our family has been blessed by God because of Dad’s desire to be of help to Israel.

    I try to imagine all the problems as a bundle of issues, rolled into a blanket, and I carry it to the feet of Jesus. I think I learned this from Hanna Whitall Smith’s book, “The Christian’s Secret of a Happy Life”, or maybe one of Catherine Marshall’s books. It really comes down to trusting Jesus, especially when feeling overwhelmed, remembering I gave Him my bundle!

    Delight thyself also in the Lord: and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart.


    #50900
    Lisaleenie
    Lisaleenie
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    Yes, your dad definitely had signs of lymphodema to me. I am so sorry that his bandages aren’t changed every day, and that the nurse assigned to him who bandages him properly is being reassigned. It is sad that with the defense department cuts, he feels inclined not to “rock the boat” when it comes to his care. Of all the cuts that the government does, why the veterans? They are the ones who risk their lives to defend our country! This is an outrage to me. I hope that you can find him some supplemental care insurance that will cover the cost of his having his bandages changed every day.

    I think it’s great that he’s been a help to Israel. May the Lord bless him for that.

    I will continue to pray for his complete healing and for his salvation. I also pray for you that the Lord will remove your “bundle” also. I know it is hard caring for an ailing parent. I did that with my mom, and it does take it’s toll on you. So I understand about giving our “bundles” to the Lord.

    Being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ.
    Philippians 1:6


    #50903
    Goodcheer
    Goodcheer
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    Thanks for the suggestion! I was hopeful about it, but with a little research, it looks like he is right. Apparently if you get supplemental, it becomes primary, thereby losing the main Navy coverage.

    I’ve tried wrapping his bandages myself, but he says I don’t do it right. Oh, well. I’m just thankful I’m available to help him at all. It’s not easy, but it is an honor. This is the portion the Lord has given me for now, and I try to see the humor. Remember the Carol Burnett cartoon character she had of the cleaning lady with the mop and bucket? I see myself sometimes as her, following Dad around with a mop, singing, “I’m so glad we had this time together….”

    I remember about you and your mother, I’m sure you’re happy to have been able to help, and it gave you an understanding that blesses me!

    Delight thyself also in the Lord: and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart.


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