October 24

Written by Bill Grandi on October 24th, 2023

Well they say to expect the unexpected. We hit just that. After getting all our ducks in a row (or so we thought) we were ready to take Vicki to her surgery. Only one problem-one huge problem-someone forgot to tell her to cooperate. She gets dialysis three times a week-M,W, F-which tires her out. When we got there she had eaten and was heading to her bed for a nap when they told her she wasn’t going today. She was being taken to an eye doctor. It was all they could do to get her into the wheelchair to get her outside. Then came the impossible part: transferring her to my vehicle. Finally the PT said, “Ain’t going to happen.” So the surgery was postponed. We took her back to her room then made the decision to leave Sandusky and go back to Columbus to stay the night. Fortunately, the hotel released us from the night’s charge and we came here where the hotel is more expensive. But it is what it is. We will return home tomorrow with a much shorter drive. Many of you said you were praying for us. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts. This is gut-wrenching for Jo to watch her sister lose sense of everything. She knows no one, especially us. Before I left I went in and woke her up to tell her who I was and that were loved her. She stirred and smiled and said some unintelligible words. But I’m banking on her hearing and knowing.

Psalm 91:1-2 says, “One who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will lodge in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say to the Lord, “My refuge and my fortress, My God, in whom I trust!’”

That is a promise to hold onto. It is good in good times and bad times; tough times or easy times; strained or relaxed. May those words from The Word be a balm to your soul.


10 Comments so far ↓

  1. Pam says:

    Oh Bill! What an emotion-filled load you all are carrying, especially Jo. Dick and I will be praying for you all! Isaiah 41:10

  2. Praying for everyone, Bill. Such a hard time to go through for all who love Vicki and you all, too.
    May God hold you gently in His healing arms.

  3. Ryan S. says:

    I remember visiting my Grandma during her later stages of dementia. It is heartbreaking. I am thankful that she is now fully restored and living a full and unencumbered life in Heaven with our Creator God.

    Thankfully, we don’t have to wait until the next life to dwell in the shelter of the Most High. He provides our refuge now if we choose to trust Him.

    • Bill Grandi says:

      Vicki would also be enjoying a new body and mind as well Ryan. Only God knows man’s time. And your last statement is spot on.

  4. gail says:

    I will just keep praying Bill. Sometimes that is all we can do, and of course, keep our faith and trust in the Lord. Safe travels back home.

  5. Cheryl says:

    “That is a promise to hold onto. It is good in good times and bad times; tough times or easy times; strained or relaxed. May those words from The Word be a balm to your soul.” You have no idea, Pastor Bill. I am fighting against what feels like the gates of hell tonight, going through something I have never faced before. These words WERE a balm to my soul. Thank you. I am so sorry to hear of your difficulties and all you are going through. God used your pain to inspire this post that I desperately needed to read tonight. I appreciate your faithfulness to God.

    • Bill Grandi says:

      Thank you Cheryl for confirmation that I was able to help someone with what I shared and what we are going through. I pray God gives you peace and rest in Him during this tough time.