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 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!