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The more he saw the less he spoke;
The less he spoke the more he heard...
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Brother in Law Update...

Gated/Fenced Access to Sanctuary

It's been a long couple of days. I am concerned for my brother in law's health yes...but I am, right now, concerned for my sister's state of mind more so. I've conversed with Al's daughter through emails and texting and she tries to tell me the both of them, Al and Sharon, are in better spirits than last Saturday when the issues sprung upon them both. I told you about the spinal surgery that was scheduled the other day....THAT was put on the back burner so to speak because of what the surgeons saw on the MRIs. I would like to think it's all part of the silver lining somewhere in all this. But the worry gets me quite jittery and jumpy when the phone rings or the text notification sounds off. With the results of the MRIs they found an abdominal aortic aneurism at 8 centimeters. Luckily, it didn't rupture! Also found was a growth on his lung. That was biopsied and it's not cancer. But, this [the last time I talked with Sharon yesterday afternoon] finding is put as a priority before the spinal surgery...that shows there is no fluid around several areas close to his neck/OR his neck, I'm not exactly sure. Sharon is now staying IN the hospital room 24 hours to be at his bedside. There is a long road ahead for us all.

In the interim of phone calls and texting and emails, I was compelled to go for a long, quiet walk by myself. I drove to Pollywog Ponds northwest of Corpus to have a bit of solitude and some warming sunshine. The peace and quiet along with the warm sunshine gave me a bit of solace from all this discord with the family's health issues. It helped some...it was beautiful there!!


The birds singing, the turtles sunning themselves, the ducks swimming and the deep blue sky was refreshing and invigorating. I had a four mile walk that made me feel life is good for a while!!



They don't call it a sanctuary for nuttin'!!  When back home, I felt a bit better and thought I'd try to begin my water color painting....I didn't want to fall back into the gloom of what's been happening...trying to get  my mind  off what I can't control....y'know?



42 comments :

  1. sorry to hear all this about your family. i fully understand the healing power of nature, walking and sunshine and critters. just these beautiful trees in your photos are soothing. I pray for healing for him and for strength for her. life is no fun at all when it is out of our control.

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  2. forgot to say i really love your Lavender Look on your blog. beautiful

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  3. I know how you feel worrying about family members. I hope it all turns out well. My uncle died of an aneurysm that burst, so it's very fortunate that they found his before! There are silver linings everywhere in this scenario, it seems. Hugs to you, Anni.

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  4. Such scary issues that your brother in law is having! I too would be in that hospital room 24/7. God bless you and them as you wait and pray.

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  5. Hi, Anni...you have definitely found a beautiful spot for a walk, with all the birds and turtles, etc. A walk can bring one a lot of peace, and it sounds like you need it. Your BIL and sis will be in my thoughts today. God bless.

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  6. I wish them both much luck and health, and I hope he will be better soon.

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  7. The healing of spirit through contact with nature's beauty is evident here. It was wise to take your walk and the resulting images are nice extensions of the peace you found for a while. There are many things we can't control so we just need to hope for strength for everyone involved to get through trying times.

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  8. Hi Anni. I am so sorry to read of your brother-n-law's health issues! I am sending thoughts and prayers to him and your sister.

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  9. Anni, I hate to hear that your family is having health issues. I know how stressful that can be. Keeping you and yours in my prayers.

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  10. I'm happy you have a place like that, as we all need them even on days that trouble or pain isn't lurking within our days. It keeps us content. God Bless you, and your brother-in-law and his wife's struggles through it all.

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  11. Yes, I feel the same way as the others, Anni!! It is stressful indeed!! Holding all of you in my prayers.

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  12. just sending a hug.....

    Vee

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  13. Wishing the best outcome with your family health issues. Glad you have such a nice place to walk while soaking up the peace.

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  14. Anni, sorry to hear about your BIL's health issues.. It is good to take a walk and try to ease the stress. Sending my prayers for you, BIL and your sister's family..

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  15. So we both have brother-in-law worries right now. And sister worries follow... you are right, though, that we have no control. All we can do is pray. I'm doing lots of that, including for your BiL. That is a lovely place, and your photos are great!

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  16. I do hope that all the medical issues will be resolved.I'm glad you were able to get out and refresh your mind.

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  17. I'm so sorry to hear about the health issues of your family. I think there's been research that 20 minutes of walking in the forest will decrease stress levels significantly. I love your photos of the turtles.

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  18. A gorgeous pond with so many beautiful things. Glad you have it to go to. I am so sorry about your BIL and sister. My mom had the surgery for that type of aneurysm at the same time she needed a kidney removed and her arteries replaced to the other kidney with mesh - it was a huge surgery - so there is no kidding about it - it's a biggy - but thank God they found it before his other surgery - I think that was a miracle. I hate to hear all this. Hugs.

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  19. I've always found a nice walk in a quiet place helps clear your my mind of whatever worries i have. Glad you were able to get out and take one.
    I'm sending more good thoughts and prayers your way.

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  20. The turtles with the red spot on their heads and the yellow markings, are they snapping turtles? They are so pretty! I wonder why he has so many growths, but thankfully they are not cancer. How long until he can come home?

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  21. Prayers for your family's situation. My Dad survived a ruptured Abdominal Aortic Aneurism. I understand some of what he is up against.

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  22. What a difficult time. That's clever for going for a walk. My hubby is managing cancer. You take one day at a timel

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  23. I'm glad you were able to get some downtime and get outside. I'm so thankful they found that aneurism before it ruptured. Not many survive that. Praying for your family.

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  24. You made a good choice to commune with nature, do some deep breathing, and walking. The turtles are so cute. There is sure a lot going on with your brother in law's health, and thus, of course with you sister's state of mind. I am sure you are a good support for them.

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  25. Annie, Thank goodness you have a nature sanctuary close to you so you can find some peace and calm to sooth your worries. I send healing wishes for your b-i-l.

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  26. I'm so sorry to read about your family's health worries, sending warm thoughts and healing wishes your way.

    I can't think of anything more relaxing than time spent in a watery sanctuary, with the company of turtles. =)

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  27. Wish your brother in law all the best to get
    over all his problems. Sounds like he went
    to the doctor in the very last minute.
    And I wish you some time with nice things
    to do that get your mind off it.
    Like that beautiful walk you've made.
    Thank you for sharing the pictures :)
    Have a fine day
    【ツ】Knipsa

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  28. A walk like that would lift anyone's spirits if only for enough time to give you a chance to recoup.. Good luck to your BIL and sister - it sounds like they need some.

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  29. ANNI WE ARE SO SORRY TO READ ABOUT YOUR BROTHER IN LAW. WE ARE SURELY SENDING YOUR LOTS OF PRAYERS AND HUGS.
    WALKING IS SUCH A GOOD WAY TO CLEAR YOUR HEAD,
    HUGS MADI AND MOM

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  30. I'm sorry to hear about your family. Sending prayers. Looks like the perfect place for a long walk. Hang in there.

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  31. Oh Anni, if only we all had some kind of magical wands at times like this. Please make sure that you get all information possible regarding the aneurysm... my father had that and the surgery went fine but then he developed complications...so ask lots and lots of questions. Will be lifting you and yours up in special thoughts right now~

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  32. i'm sorry for the medical issues and stress on all of you. glad you were able to absorb some peace from nature. love the turtles. :)

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  33. I'm sorry to hear about the health issues of your family. That certainly is stressful, and I'm glad that your are trying to find some peace and quiet by walking and painting. Nature always helps, doesn't it?

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  34. Hello Anni!:) So sorry to know that your brother in law is so poorly. A very stressful time for everyone in the family, and I hope he gets all the care he needs for a good recovery. Lovely photos of a peaceful place where you can always go to feel better, i'm glad it helped.

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  35. I will keep your family in prayer .Pray for you in all this.

    You did a wise thing to go for a walk. Your pictures are magical takes.

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  36. I sure understand how you feel...just hard waiting and there being nothing you can do other than prayers and being there for them.

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  37. Oh, Anni, I'm so sorry for all this stress in your family. Taking a nature walk is high on my list as a soothing activity. You saw some beautiful scenes and wildlife. Praying health issues are resolved soon in a positive way. God bless!

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  38. So so sorry for the illness in the family. Praying it all turns out ok.
    Enjoyed all your photos....

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  39. You are so good at finding interesting sights. Love your post.

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  40. I'm sorry to hear of your BIL's health issue's Anni. please be encouraged.

    Pollywog pond looks to be a beautiful refuge to spend time in.

    love your turtle pics.

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  41. Your photos are amazing!
    My thoughts and healing wishes for your family!

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  42. What a beautiful place to find solace.

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