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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Grrr! (01/28/10)

TITLE: From "Grrr" To Grrratitude
By Carol Penhorwood
02/01/10


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She was suffering intensely. Her dreams turning into nightmares and she dreaded those long, lonely nights. I was often nearby, but she asked me to stay with her...fearful of those ugly, terrifying dreams.

As I sat in her rocker close by her bed, I helplessly prayed for a solution. Feeling the Lord's leading, I softly played the recordings of all of the Psalms during the night. The next morning she said she felt as if she'd had a heavenly visitation and such peace.

But the pain continued to increase and she needed help.

“What do you want me to do?” the doctor complained when I spoke with him on the phone. “Open her mouth and dump the pain medication in? There is not one indication of cancer in her body!” (Yet six weeks later my mother was dead.)

Grrr!

I had been doling out her liquid pain medication with such care but her suffering just increased. We had to have help. Shortly after she was admitted to the hospital, we asked for an oncologist to take over her care. It soon became apparent that her quality of life was at issue. This is where hospice shines and I, and my family, will be forever grateful for their compassionate care.

My “Grr” became Grrratitude in their sensitive handling of all my mother's needs. And not only hers, but in meeting those of our family as well. God bless hospice.


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Beth LaBuff 02/07/10
It's good to read of how this orgainzation was able to help you during a difficult time. You have a creative title!
Loren T. Lowery02/10/10
Thank-you for sharing this - I too, just recently experienced this with my mother and grandmother. I cannot express enough gratitude for the loving compassion of hospice. What they do is certainly by and from the grace of God.
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 02/10/10
You wrote your story with such passion. I'm sorry that it had to hurt, but glad that hospice could help in the end. A powerful piece.
Verna Cole Mitchell 02/10/10
I'm glad your sad experience ended with grace--good testimonial for Hospice and a clever way to use the topic.
Sarah Elisabeth 02/10/10
A lot of emotion and sadness packed into this piece, but also a good reminder that there is always something to be grateful for, even in the hardest of times. Thanks for sharing
Mariane Holbrook02/11/10
It had to be hard to be gracious and look for something good during a time like that but you did it! You could either be bitter or better after it was all over and you chose to be better. God bless you for it!
Lyn Churchyard02/12/10
There is nothing worse than watching someone we love suffer. What a difference between the doctor and the hospice. Good title, Carol. Well done.