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November 4, 2022

I had to rush to the Philippines to take care of my Dad. He was looking for me. He wanted to die and didn’t want to eat anymore. And most importantly, he said he was losing his memory. None of my other siblings were available so I had to go.

He was delirious when I showed up in the hospital. He didn’t even recognize me. The hospital staff helped pull him through his high fever but after that, they hardly did anything else but insert dextrose needles —- needles he pulled out anyway. The staff wanted to keep him there for a week to “observe” him. I pointed out that what he was doing here (in the expensive room) we could do the same at home. They sheepishly agreed. I got the meds and we’re home now.

He’s still disoriented but he seems more relaxed. This happens for a few days every time he returns from the hospital. we shall wait and see. I hope his memory returns.

I don’t have my usual access to my email program so I can’t prepare my TGIF jokes for you. Sorry. Hopefully, I will have sorted things out by next week.

TGIF people!

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34 Comments

  1. PH

    November 10, 2022 at 1:03 am

    Thanks for being there for Dad, Raoul. He may not say it but I know it means a lot to him! Be safe! Praying for you all over there! Love you!!!

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  2. DLS

    November 10, 2022 at 1:03 am

    Raoul: Wanted you to know how impressed I am knowing you, the example you set for meeting hard responsibilities of life is impressive….Your ‘no laughs today’ note is a reminder we often meet dark clouds, you Sir, meet these challenges head-on…..It is a privilege to know you…..good thoughts & prayers going your way as you support your father…..Regards…..DLS

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  3. Corrine

    November 10, 2022 at 1:04 am

    Hi Raoul.

    Not sure if you’ll get this message. It bounced back when I replied to the email add you use so am trying this.

    I’m so sorry to hear about your Dad. Glad you were able to come home to attend to him. None of your siblings live here in the Philippines anymore?

    Yes, the elderly seem to thrive better in the home environment rather than in the hospital. Plus being at home eliminates the risk of charging a hospital acquired infection. Unless of course they need treatment devices and procedures that cannot be applied at home.

    I’m sure this precious time with your Dad means a lot to both of you, yes, even if he doesn’t recognize you at the moment. I’d like to think that somehow the Lord will grant him the sense that you, his son, are by his side.

    Take care and warmest regards to your wife.

    Corinne

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  4. Lee

    November 10, 2022 at 1:05 am

    Hi Raoul, Wife and I are very sorry to read about your making the trip to see and care for your Dad under difficult circumstances. May God be with you and him as you minister to your father in his failing years. Lee

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  5. Ramsey

    November 10, 2022 at 1:06 am

    I am so saddened to hear about your father and prayed for him and your entire family. Take care and God bless him. Ramsey

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  6. Jun

    November 10, 2022 at 1:07 am

    Hi Raoul,

    I can only commiserate with you and your Dad. I got home myself from the hospital myself two days ago and I’m still not fully functional, sleepy most of the time. Hope your Dad gets better soon. What is his name so that we can pray for him?

    Best regards and keep safe yourself.

    Jun

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  7. Sheryl

    November 10, 2022 at 1:08 am

    Sending you and your family prayers 🙏

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  8. Mayet

    November 10, 2022 at 1:24 am

    No apologies needed.
    My prayers for your dad and you.

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  9. Jacqueline

    November 10, 2022 at 1:24 am

    I hope he recuperates soon. No worries. Family is more important than TGIF.

    My prayers with you and your dad.

    Jacqueline

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  10. Joey

    November 10, 2022 at 1:25 am

    Raoul,

    We pray together that your dad will be ok.

    ingat kayo sa PH. typhoid fever cases on the rise- pumasok sa news desk namin this week. 150% increase compared to last year.

    read link below

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Typhoid_fever

    Joey

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  11. Benjie

    November 10, 2022 at 1:26 am

    Wishing your dad well, Raoul. Praying for him.

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  12. Benjie

    November 10, 2022 at 1:27 am

    Wishing your dad well, Raoul.
    Praying for him.

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  13. Glen

    November 10, 2022 at 1:27 am

    Prayers for you Raoul and your Dad. Keeping watch and be by him is the best you can do. I honor you.

    Stay well and strong.

    In prayers,
    glen

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  14. Rene

    November 10, 2022 at 1:28 am

    Hope you are now okay Raoul. Don’t overthink and never overstress yourself. We’re not that young anymore. Listen to your body and take some rest also.
    Submission to God’s will is always the best option🙏🙏🙏

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  15. Rick

    November 10, 2022 at 1:29 am

    Prayers for Dad to be comfortable back in his home. Also praying for you, his caretaker, and all the family back home.
    Take care brother.

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  16. John

    November 10, 2022 at 1:29 am

    My best hopes and thoughts for your Dad.
    John

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  17. Grace

    November 10, 2022 at 1:30 am

    This was lovely Raoul.. i bet you got loving responses.

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  18. Norm

    November 10, 2022 at 1:30 am

    So sorry to hear this sad news.. Our thoughts & prayers r with u. Travel safe !!

    Best regards,

    Norm

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  19. Lori

    November 10, 2022 at 1:31 am

    So sorry
    Our prayers are with you .
    And your family
    We will pay for his Helth God bless you.

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  20. David

    November 10, 2022 at 1:31 am

    Praying for you, your dad and family.

    David

    Reply

  21. Jo

    November 10, 2022 at 1:31 am

    Hello Raoul,
    Sorry to hear about your Dad. I’ll include him in my prayers for peace and healing.
    Take care and God bless.

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  22. David

    November 10, 2022 at 1:32 am

    Hey Raul ,

    Thoughts and prayers to you during this time with your Dad.

    May he be pain free and at peace.

    Feeling for you during this tough time.

    Best regards,

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  23. Mike

    November 10, 2022 at 1:32 am

    Praying for your Pop
    Mike

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  24. Eucliff

    November 10, 2022 at 1:33 am

    Hi Raoul

    Praying for all to be well for you and your family.

    Eucliff

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  25. Michael

    November 10, 2022 at 1:33 am

    Prayers for you, your dad and your family Raoul!
    🙏🙏🙏🙏
    Sincerely,

    Michael

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  26. Doug

    November 10, 2022 at 1:42 am

    My dear friend, Raoul, my heart and prayers go to God in your behalf this morning. I know that God loves you and your family. May you experience that love in new and powerful ways.

    Your former pastor and forever friend,

    Doug

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  27. Oscar

    November 10, 2022 at 1:42 am

    Hello Raoul, I’m sorry to hear about your pops and praying for your pops , your are a good son , father , grandpa , brother and friend.
    Praying.
    Oscar
    ,

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  28. Hilda

    November 10, 2022 at 1:44 am

    I am glad you’re with your father. That’s a huge consolation for him. Your privilege to be by his side.

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  29. Evelyn

    November 10, 2022 at 1:44 am

    I pray that your Dad heals soon. Stay safe.

    evelyn

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  30. Lois

    November 10, 2022 at 1:45 am

    I’m so sorry for what you are going through. Your father is really fortunate to have you as his son. I’m sure your mere presence is the best medicine in the world for him.

    Love,
    Lois

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  31. Jennifer

    November 10, 2022 at 1:45 am

    Hi Raoul,
    Praying for you and your Dad.
    Blessings,
    Jennifer
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  32. Shag

    November 11, 2022 at 12:03 am

    Oh, Raoul, I’m so sorry to hear this. I hope your dad’s memory has returned and he is no longer delirious and recuperating. So hard at this stage of our life. Praying for you and your family.
    affectionately, Shag

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  33. Mandy

    November 11, 2022 at 12:04 am

    Hi Raoul… hope your father’s health improves .. prayers for him and your family.. what is his name please ?

    Stay well and safe !
    Mandy

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  34. Vanessa

    November 11, 2022 at 12:06 am

    Oh my goodness Raoul, Your father and you were I’ll be in our prayers. I am glad your father is home with you and in his familiar surroundings and hopeful he is doing better now. I’m wondering if he had a UTI? It often brings on symptoms of psychosis & confusion. It must be so hard when you live so far from your father and no one else is available to assist. I remember you wanted him to come and stay with you and Jackie but he was not willing to. I do hope that someone would be available to help keep an eye on your father and ensure he can remain safely in his home. Please keep us updated.
    Blessings always!
    Vanessa

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