You guys sure know how to make a family feel loved. On behalf of John, Dorthy, Lora, Andy, Melba, and all of us, let me say, thank you. Your words provide such comfort.
John has not changed much today, other than his breathing, which has deteriorated somewhat. Aunt Dot talked to him this morning and told him what to expect from the day and big tears streamed down his face. I think it is safe to say that he is a little bit closer to Heaven than here, but he is still here enough to show love how he can. He has listened to the Beatles on headphones. He listened to a voice message from his mum in London and he opened his eyes when he heard her. His mum’s message was super sweet, saying:
Hi John, Mum here
Patty Mc Ginty O Riley coming to see you …..and Tina and we love you….hang in there.
Gurney Rock thinks the world of you…he just says “hang in there.” We all love you. I’ll see you soon.
You hang in there, Mc Ginty.
Bye for now.
I love you.
His dear friend, Jason, is helping to arrange for John’s mum and sister, Tina, to arrive on Tuesday. Jason is close enough to John for Andy and Lora to call their relationship a “bromance.”
They are expecting a nurse, who specializes in strokes, to come to the hospital at 5pm today to talk to Dot and the kids about what is to be expected. We might have more to report then.
Through this whole thing, I find myself baffled. John’s nature is so alive. He works so hard. He loves so fully. He debates with such passion. It seems impossible for him to be barely hanging on, and reliant on the hands of doctors. I never would have thought that this could happen to John. But since this started, I have felt the need to live like John does. John would order the lobster, raise a glass of Fosters in a heartfelt toast, wrap his big arms around those he loves, talk loudly, bicker (lovingly) with Dot, and start sentences relating to politics with, “YOU KNOW SOMETHING?!” He would make people laugh with a joke or a cockney phrase. He would scoot close to Lora and Andy and make sure they had everything they needed. I want to live like John. He at all times in his life has been fully ready to meet his maker; we are certain that belief in him has not waivered.
Please pray that God fills Dot, Lora and Andy with His peace as they take care of their John. In the meantime, if you have pictures of John that you would like to share, I am happy to post them here. Just send them to me in an email at chelseabuch (the @ sign) gmail.com.
I will post several momentarily.