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Monkeynips13  (Level: 21.5 - Posts: 647)
Wed, 7th Oct '09 11:19 AM


Over the last few months I've experienced a considerable decline and my parents and I decided it was time to consider end of life care. A nurse came out yesterday to sign the papers and I am now enrolled in hospice care. I am Ok with this. I've had many years to come to term with the fact that my life expectancy would be drastically shorter than the average human being. Having worked for hospice many years ago, I consider myself very fortunate. I've talked before of the many who die alone or in a cold hospital environment because of lack of caregivers and or family. I am one of the lucky individuals who will be able to spend their remaining months in the comfort of my own home surounded by people I love. My parents are putting on a very brave face, but I know this must be difficult for them. When they fulfilled their dream of opening their own hospice ten years ago, they probably never in a million years thought they would have one of their own children as a client. I've never been able to have children, so I can only imagine the grief of having to let go of a child. Please keep my parents in your thoughts over the next few months.

Leaston  (Level: 42.6 - Posts: 839)
Wed, 7th Oct '09 11:44 AM

You have my thoughts and prayers,Alison,for you and your family. May God bless you all!

Ravensclaw  (Level: 43.0 - Posts: 158)
Wed, 7th Oct '09 11:47 AM

Alison, I have been saddened and very touched by your story. Truly a sad time for you and your parents. I'm wishing you the very best, and know this, you and your parents shall be included within many prayers. Bless you.

Linenlady  (Level: 159.1 - Posts: 306)
Wed, 7th Oct '09 12:06 PM

The worst possible pain has to be that of having to let go of your child, whatever their age. Their solace is that of having the opportunity to say and do those things many have regretted never having said or done and to be with you in your need. The kindest of wishes to you and your family, Alison.

F5laur  (Level: 31.1 - Posts: 823)
Wed, 7th Oct '09 12:21 PM

Dear Alison,
I don't have the words to express how much this saddens me about you. I was enrolled in the Hospice Program on October 3, 2008. I know what you are going through AND also your family. It takes so much strength (SP) on both ends to live this way. My thoughts, prayers and full understanding are with you and your family.
Please feel free to email me at: if you feel you need someone to talk to.

Bobolicios  (Level: 116.8 - Posts: 1745)
Wed, 7th Oct '09 12:22 PM

I can't express in words my sadness reading your thread. I thought it would be to pray for someone in hospice care your family was caring for, not you. I never knew you were ill. I enjoy you as a member and you are always uplifting and positive. It just goes to show how petty and insignificant problems seem in light of this thread. Of course blessing for your family and prayers for you and family. I will think of you often today and your family.

Clevercloggs  (Level: 27.4 - Posts: 1246)
Wed, 7th Oct '09 12:25 PM

Your bravery and consideration for others is to be applauded. You and yours have my best wishes of course. If i might make a suggestion. Let those near you, that want to help you shoulder the load, do their bit. That will help them even more than it will help you. X

Caramel1  (Level: 126.0 - Posts: 21558)
Wed, 7th Oct '09 2:18 PM

You and yours are in my thoughts-Linda

Bigmama60  (Level: 95.2 - Posts: 6648)
Wed, 7th Oct '09 2:32 PM

Alison, I have so many emotions at this time. So I will just say this. I hope you live out the rest of your days in peace and happiness. It is a wonderful thing to be able to do it as Frank Sinatra said "my way". I'm know that is good for you; because you choose your way. Here's wishing the best of love and happiness to you.

Flyingluci  (Level: 47.3 - Posts: 340)
Wed, 7th Oct '09 3:47 PM

Alison I will keep you in my prayers, I just found out that my dad has thyroid caner and ihope God will give you and your family comfort.

Salzypat  (Level: 154.6 - Posts: 5296)
Wed, 7th Oct '09 4:04 PM

Alison, I am so sorry to read this. Your consideration for your loved ones has touched my heart. You are very brave. You and your family will be in my prayers.

Thank you for considering us worthy of sharing this time with you.

Jeannette  (Level: 109.5 - Posts: 1736)
Wed, 7th Oct '09 4:45 PM

my prayers for you Allison and your family and cleverclogs is right let your family help as much as possible .
it will help them my heart goes out to you a very brave lady a big hug and know i will be sending you a hug xxj

Fudypatootie  (Level: 194.5 - Posts: 1302)
Wed, 7th Oct '09 6:45 PM

Alison, I was unaware of your illness, as well. Your bravery, continued good humor and your simple presence here is inspiring in light of what you and your family are going through. Your name is on my calendar as a daily reminder to say a prayer for you.

Garrybl  (Level: 276.3 - Posts: 6611)
Wed, 7th Oct '09 6:53 PM

Please add my best wishes; I'm not sure how your parents can be consoled except by knowing how bravely you are handling ths situation.
Your empoathy does you credit.

Tresgatos  (Level: 201.7 - Posts: 4147)
Wed, 7th Oct '09 7:24 PM

I knew you had health problems, but I was unaware of the severity, and it saddens me to hear this. You're truly an inspiration. I'll be keeping you and your family in my thoughts and prayers.

-- Geri

Ladyvol  (Level: 203.2 - Posts: 5441)
Wed, 7th Oct '09 7:42 PM

Alison you and your family are in my thoughts and my prayers. If there is anything at all I can do please don't hesitate to ask...I'm here if you need me...
Love ya,

Virtus  (Level: 159.5 - Posts: 2448)
Wed, 7th Oct '09 7:43 PM

Alison, words can not express how saddened I am by your news. I've sent you a hug, and I will be praying for you and your family. You are an inspiration and example for others.

May God Bless You, Anne

Knerd  (Level: 99.0 - Posts: 1141)
Wed, 7th Oct '09 8:45 PM


I sent you a pm but just wanted to say publicly how sad I am to hear your news. You are such a positive force and I am sure that helps your family and friends. If there was anything at all that I could do for you, I would do it. It's been a pleasure to be your Sploofus friend. I admire so many things about you - I'll add the courageous way in which you are dealing with this to the list.

Love ya!

Lancaster  (Level: 228.1 - Posts: 176)
Wed, 7th Oct '09 8:46 PM

Your courage, consideration for your parents, and positive attitude are truly inspirational. I will be praying for you all. Miriam

Jank0614  (Level: 67.1 - Posts: 4597)
Wed, 7th Oct '09 8:49 PM

Alison - I too am saddened by your news, but I'm blown away by your sweet attitude and concern for others. In a way, you are teaching us one of the most important lessons of life. May we all have the love and strength to carry ourselves with such dignity as you are.

I will think of you and pray for you and your family often. I hope you can keep Sploofus in your daily routine and that you find some fun and comfort from friends here as you have found and have always given in the past.

Alvandy  (Level: 226.0 - Posts: 7527)
Wed, 7th Oct '09 9:57 PM

You are facing your situation with so much courage and resolve, and it saddens me to learn of your prognosis. It should make us reflect on our mortality and the opportunities we have to make an impact on those whose lives we touch.
You and your family will be in my thoughts and prayers.

Monkeynips13  (Level: 21.5 - Posts: 647)
Wed, 7th Oct '09 10:02 PM

Thank you all for your kind words and to all of you who have pm'd me. Words cannot express how much your support means to my family and myself during this time. Please forgive any delays in responses to PMs. I am working on them as system slowdowns, energy levels, and my somewhat limited attention span allow. Thank you all again. I am truly blessed to have the love of family and friends at this time. As I have said before, I have witnessed first hand the tragedy of individuals who face their final hours alone or in an unfamiliar environment, and I am extremely grateful that I will not suffer that fate, extremely sympathetic for those who have or will, and extremely proud that my parents have made it their life goal to insure that no one (at least in our small corner of the world) should have to suffer that fate.

Bobolicios  (Level: 116.8 - Posts: 1745)
Wed, 7th Oct '09 10:05 PM

What a remarkable and wonderful person we are blessed to have in our little corner of the world - sploofus world. You are a gem Alison. Hey that is one of my favorite songs by Elvis Costello - My aim is true. God bless you. Love Stephanie

Lynnm  (Level: 223.6 - Posts: 1926)
Wed, 7th Oct '09 10:31 PM

Thank you for your concern about your parents. I'm so moved by that I can't come close to expressing it.

I will certainly be thinking of you and your family, and I hope you aren't in pain. Meanwhile I will enjoy your Sploofus puzzles all the more.

Lodi  (Level: 96.1 - Posts: 2144)
Wed, 7th Oct '09 11:43 PM

If I am ever faced with the difficult situation and decisions you find yourself making, I only hope that I can do so with as much courage, poise and grace as you.

Thinking of you and your family.

Mplaw51  (Level: 176.9 - Posts: 1582)
Thu, 8th Oct '09 6:43 AM

You have an amazing spirit, Monkeynips. You're teaching all of us. God bless.

1mks  (Level: 208.5 - Posts: 5866)
Thu, 8th Oct '09 6:47 AM

You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. You are indeed incredible.

Rowlanda  (Level: 70.0 - Posts: 2856)
Thu, 8th Oct '09 7:43 AM

I'm so sorry to hear that you are coming to the end of your Life
at such a young age - and with so many good things not yet
At first I too was amazed by your empathy with your parents -
but after reading your description of them, I realized from where
you get your sweet and loving nature.
May God bless you and peacefully welcome you home in Heaven

Bleepy  (Level: 138.8 - Posts: 620)
Thu, 8th Oct '09 2:27 PM

Thank you for teaching us a lesson in life. May God bless you and your family.

Sandracam  (Level: 149.3 - Posts: 4190)
Thu, 8th Oct '09 2:35 PM

You and your family are in my thoughts. You're all so lucky to have each other.

Bobolicios  (Level: 116.8 - Posts: 1745)
Thu, 8th Oct '09 5:44 PM

I just wanted to respond again to put this back at the top of the page. I am moved to tears by your courage in face of your own mortality. I just want others to respond to give you there words of praise for your bravery. Your family must be very proud of you and I wish there was something I could convey in words for the respect and admiration at your sharing with us.

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