A Prayer for Rock – UPDATE

Amy Waterman provided this update on her dad’s blog the other day – Sounds like prayers, thoughts, and love are still all very much needed and appreciated. 

Hi Everyone. This is Rock’s daughter, Amy. I am so sorry that I left all of you worrying this long. I have been juggling quite a bit this past week, but am getting the hang of things enough to spend a moment updating my dad’s readers.

So, Dad spent 2 days at the hospital, and although he is home now, his health is not improved much. My father’s COPD has progressed dramatically for the worse. A cold virus he recently caught has weakened his lungs so badly, that he is now barely able to walk. His nebulizer breathing treatments are not providing relief, even with additional asthma medications he’s been prescribed.

My father’s devotion to his blog and readers have always been one of his top priorities. His body is so weak right now that he’s unable to even sit at the computer so he has not read any of these comments since the day after he wrote the blog. He is completely in the dark as to your concerns, so I apologize for that. He is just too weak to read anything and especially unable to type for now. So he has had to ignore the phone and all online concerns.

Rest assured,I am here to care for my parents, which I am very grateful to do.
These circumstances stink, but I appreciate this chance to witness firsthand the love you all possess for my dad. It’s very moving, to both my parents and myself.

He is not dying, at least not anymore, but he sure looks like it sometimes as he struggles for breath. Even TV is not a distraction because it is so uncomfortable for him just to exist right now. Every breath is shallow and a struggle. He has been stuffed with antibiotics and steroids and eventually we hope the bronchial tubes will open. Right now the biggest problem is the mist from the nebulizer is not penetrating his bronchial tubes, so there is little difference after he has a treatment. It’s just a matter of time when they may begin to take effect and give him some relief.

Please continue to pray for my father. He is the “Rock” in our family. This illness has taken a spark of hope from my Daddy’s heart, so please, continue to send encouraging words his way. His personality is not the usual joyful one we know. This has taken him out of himself and been quite discouraging, but no one can blame him for feeling the way he does. He’s just trying to stay alive. That sounds melodramatic, but that is kind of where we are right now.

At some point, I will read the comments aloud to him as he rests.

Thank You and God Bless! -Amy
February 3, 2015 at 6:56 PM


 

rock watwermanMost everyone knows Rock Waterman.  He’s a brave and valiant soul who practices what he preaches.  I’m privileged to call him my friend and my brother in the gospel of Jesus Christ.

Rock is currently in the hospital fighting Pneumonia.  Possibly fighting for his life.  I would like to ask all of you to pray for him and for his family.  His daughter Amy posted this in the comments section on his blog not long ago.  Her words and her plea are sacred.  I invite all to pray with her that Rock may be healed.

“This is Rock’s Daughter. My dad was worried that you guys would think he was being rude because he has not been back here on his blog to read the comments. So he asked me to leave this note.  He is going back into the hospital over pneumonia. It is very serious He was in the hospital last week then he came home and could not sleep so he stayed up all night and wrote this blog but has not improved there seems to be some kind of blockage in his lungs because he is not improving. so they told him to go back to the hospital and will have to monitor him and give him continuous treatments because the mist from his nebulizer machine is not penetrating his bronchial tubes the way it should have helped. It is just not getting through and he can’t hardly breathe at all.

This looks bad. Please pray for my daddy and ask your friends on facebook to pray for him too because he already has bad weak lungs and CPOD but it never got this bad before. I’m looking after my mom here at their apartment so she will be okay but Dad needs your prayers. Thank you It’s bad this time. I never have seen him this sick.  That is all I know for now. Sorry. But please pray hard for my Daddy thank you.”

We love you Rock.  We still need you!  May our prayers be answered on your behalf!

13 thoughts on “A Prayer for Rock – UPDATE

  1. Roy Moore

    Dear Bishop Anon,

    Thank you for making us aware of Rock’s situation. I and my Wife have joined in with everyone praying for Rock’s recovery. I have so much to thank Rock for and look forward to doing so, in person, at the Grand Mesa reunion. If there’s some way I can help, please let me know.

  2. Toni

    A comment on Rock’s blog:

    Amy Waterman said…

    Hi Everyone. This is Rock’s daughter, Amy. I am so sorry that I left all of you worrying this long. I have been juggling quite a bit this past week, but am getting the hang of things enough to spend a moment updating my dad’s readers.

    So, Dad spent 2 days at the hospital, and although he is home now, his health is not improved much. My father’s COPD has progressed dramatically for the worse. A cold virus he recently caught has weakened his lungs so badly, that he is now barely able to walk. His nebulizer breathing treatments are not providing relief, even with additional asthma medications he’s been prescribed.

    My father’s devotion to his blog and readers have always been one of his top priorities. His body is so weak right now that he’s unable to even sit at the computer so he has not read any of these comments since the day after he wrote the blog. He is completely in the dark as to your concerns, so I apologize for that. He is just too weak to read anything and especially unable to type for now. So he has had to ignore the phone and all online concerns.

    Rest assured,I am here to care for my parents, which I am very grateful to do.
    These circumstances stink, but I appreciate this chance to witness firsthand the love you all possess for my dad. It’s very moving, to both my parents and myself.

    He is not dying, at least not anymore, but he sure looks like it sometimes as he struggles for breath. Even TV is not a distraction because it is so uncomfortable for him just to exist right now. Every breath is shallow and a struggle. He has been stuffed with antibiotics and steroids and eventually we hope the bronchial tubes will open. Right now the biggest problem is the mist from the nebulizer is not penetrating his bronchial tubes, so there is little difference after he has a treatment. It’s just a matter of time when they may begin to take effect and give him some relief.

    Please continue to pray for my father. He is the “Rock” in our family. This illness has taken a spark of hope from my Daddy’s heart, so please, continue to send encouraging words his way. His personality is not the usual joyful one we know. This has taken him out of himself and been quite discouraging, but no one can blame him for feeling the way he does. He’s just trying to stay alive. That sounds melodramatic, but that is kind of where we are right now.

    At some point, I will read the comments aloud to him as he rests.

    Thank You and God Bless! -Amy
    February 3, 2015 at 6:56 PM

  3. LDS Anarchist

    Amy, tell Rock to start drinking a LOT of water and taking some salt afterward. You can go to watercure.com and watercure2.org for more information. Asthma is merely chronic dehydration. He needs to get a lot of water down and some salt each day. Think of the water as medicine and keep offering him and telling him to drink. After drinking 20 ounces of water, have him eat a 1/8 teaspoon of salt. Do this each time he drinks 20 ounces. He’ll probably need about five quarts of water a day, minimum, to keep his asthma away. If he has heart problems and needs to restrict the salt, then don’t take the salt until you talk to the doctor, but start on the water immediately. He’ll very soon start breathing and not know why. (It’s because he’s thirsty.)

  4. James Lloyd

    Thanks so much for the update. We have been very concerned. We are keeping him in our prayers. He is a great man and his work has touched so many lives for the better.

  5. Joe

    Would it be possible to privately be sent some contact information for Rock or is daughter? For example, if someone would like to send flowers or some similar gifts, where would they send them?

  6. Bishop Anon Post author

    Hi Joe,

    I spoke to Rock and he seems as though he’s finally starting to improve but it looks like he still has a few months until he will be back to full health. He’s appreciated the prayers and love that have been expressed.

    Rock Waterman
    5800 Fair Oaks Blvd
    Sacramento, CA 95608

  7. rockwaterman1

    Hi, everyone! My, how touching it was to learn Anonymous Bishop had devoted a blog post to me, and to read your kind thoughts and prayers!

    Anarchist,
    I do indeed fill with water, mostly in the form of herbal teas until they come out of my ears. (I have been taking 9 of the strongest herbs for lungs; what has surprised me this time around is that nothing seemed to have an effect at all on improving my breathing. And I do ingest a lot of Real Salt, which I discovered is everywhere in Utah but only carried here at Whole Foods.

    Joe,
    I very much appreciate your desire to send something along to us, but if I may, we just heard from a friend of Connie’s in Utah who is really bad off. We sent her what we could, but if anyone has the desire to tithe to someone who can use a quick lift, you couldn’t do better than to direct it to this person. So please Joe, and anyone else, this is where we would send more money if we were able, so if you have a desire to lend us a hand, please lend it to her instead.

    She’s a single mother who was suspended from work for two weeks, and though she starts work again Monday, she won’t get paid for another three. She has young mouths to feed and nowhere to turn (she is not LDS, so cannot ask for storehouse food). She is down to pretty much, from what I hear.

    Here is her address:
    B. Litster
    4680 S 3860 W
    Apt G
    West Valley, UT 84120

    She doesn’t have Paypal; I’m not even sure she has a computer, so Paypal contributions are out of the question. Connie and I just mailed her 60 dollars, but that certainly won’t be enough to get her through these next two weeks. Any little bit would help her. We are very concerned.

    Thank you all again for your well wishes and prayers. I am recovering slowly, enough to tend to Connie. All that’s left for now is my discomfort, and I can deal with that.

    Love and Light to you all,

    Rock

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