Praying For My Father

This past week has really been an emotional one for my family and I.

As I type this, I’m sitting on the sofa bed that has been our friend for 8 days while my father laying in the hospital bed. Three IVS running through his right hand, countless of daily blood sugar tests, pills and shots taken daily.

To honor his wish, I won’t disclose his real condition but it got something to do with his diabetes.

As his daughter it truly breaks my heart to see him in pain…to see his sufferings. Him, the one man in my life that I look up to as my own hero in laying helplessly held prisoner by this hospital bed. He needed me to help feeding him, to give him his drinks through a plastic straw, to wipe his tears when he apologized.

You know someone deeply love you when they are more worried about your own well being even when they are in a lot of pain.

Have you eat yet?” He would asked me daily “You should go to sleep…don’t you have to go to work tomorrow?” when it is him who needed to rest and recuperate.

There has been many many tears shed this week.

I’m sorry I’ve troubled you and your brothers…” his voice cracked and tears seep from the corners of his eyes.

NO! Stop saying that, Papa…” My own tears would be blurring my eyes as I fought back my own tears. “As your children it is our responsibilities to care for you.” I would squeezed his hand tighter.

After the scare of his heart attack back in 1999 where he was ‘gone’ for 15 seconds, dealing with hospital hasn’t been easy for me.

He stayed in this very same hospital for a whole month after his bypass surgery back in 2000.

In this past week I’ve only seen my boy for short times as I would go to work and madly rushing back to the hospital to be with my father after work. Usually by the time I get home my son would be asleep. Also, my brothers and I are taking turns to stay in the hospital at nights with him.

How I miss my son…but right now my father needs me, needs us as a family to wrap him with our love and care.

In these past 8 days…I could barely focus on anything else but my father’s condition. We got him a birthday cake although he can only blew the candles a day after his actual birthday, after he left the ICU. It made him happy and my heart was swollen with so much love for this man.

Thank you to those who had prayed and sending him well wishes through twitter and facebook also emails. My family and I are strong believer in the power of prayers.

So thank you dear friends!



  1. October 31, 2011 / 1:48 am

    Oh hun, this must be so hard for you but you are really strong. I will keep you and your family in my thoughts xx

  2. October 31, 2011 / 3:41 am

    I’m so sorry about your dad, I hope he gets to go home soon!

  3. October 31, 2011 / 4:07 am

    I’m so sorry about your dad! You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers!

  4. October 31, 2011 / 5:46 am

    Sending love and prayers for strength and grace…and peace for your hearts.

  5. October 31, 2011 / 8:12 am

    Maureen, I am so sorry you have to be going through this – I hope your dad gets better soon, you and your family will be in my thoughts..

  6. October 31, 2011 / 8:44 am

    So sorry to hear about your dad. You are a wonderful daughter, and a great role model for your son. Prayers for comfort and healing for your dad, and peace and strength for you and your family.

  7. October 31, 2011 / 10:16 am

    Wishing your Dad a speedy full recovery!!

  8. November 1, 2011 / 3:29 am

    This must be incredibly hard – so sorry! He is lucky to have such a loving family

  9. November 2, 2011 / 11:02 am

    Maureen, I believe your father’s tears are shed by how proud he is of your devotion despite the words that he says. I pray for your dad and his loving family. Though it is heartbreaking, your story of your family’s commitment is uplifting as well. Thank you for sharing this personal moment with us.

  10. November 2, 2011 / 11:33 am

    Thanks for sharing with us. You and your family are in my thoughts. Hoping nothing but the best for your dad!!

  11. Emmy
    November 2, 2011 / 2:59 pm

    He is in my prayers oyen , God bless !

  12. November 2, 2011 / 7:01 pm

    So sorry to hear about your dad.. Prayer is a powerful weapon to all hardships and trials we encounter. Don’t lose hope, and trust everything to our God.

  13. November 3, 2011 / 9:43 pm

    Thank you everyone for your kind heartfelt comments, prayers and well wishes. My father is finally coming home tomorrow from the hospital after 12 days. He still have quite awhile to be fully recover but we are just delighted to have him home. Again, from the bottom of my heart…thank you so very much.

  14. John
    November 4, 2011 / 7:37 am

    Dear Maureen… So sorry to hear that you’ve been going through this. And sorry I haven;t been by your blog for a while too. Best wishes from across the city. Very glad to hear that your dad is home now. Big warm hugs.

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