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12/22/2008 10:38 PM

Angels/Friends God's way of taking care of us

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My Low Flying Friends.....

Friends are God's way of taking care of us.

This was written by a Metro Denver Hospice Physician:

I was driving home from a meeting this evening about 5 pm, stuck in traffic on Colorado Blvd. , and the car started to choke,sputter and die - I barely managed to coast into a gas station, glad only that I would not be blocking traffic and have a somewhat warm spot to wait for the tow truck. It wouldn't even turn over.

Before I could make the call, I saw a woman walking out of the 'quickie mart' building, and it looked like she slipped on some ice and fell into a Gas pump, so I got out to see if she was okay.

When I got there, it looked more like she had been overcome by sobs than that she had fallen; she was a young woman who looked really haggard with dark circles under her eyes. She dropped something as I helped her up, and I picked it up to give it to her. It was a nickel.

At that moment, everything came into focus for me: the crying woman, the ancient Suburban crammed full of stuff with 3 kids in the back (1 in a car seat), and the gas pump reading $4.95.

I asked her if she was okay and if she needed help, and she just kept saying 'I don't want my kids to see me crying,' so we stood on the other side of the pump from her car. She said she was driving to California and that things were very hard for her right now. So I asked, 'And you were praying?' That made her back away from me a little, but I assured her I was not a crazy person and said, 'He heard you, and He sent me.'

I took out my card and swiped it through the card reader on the pump so she could fill up her car completely, and while it was fueling, walked to the next door McDonald's and bought 2 big bags of food, some gift certificates for more, and a big cup of coffee.

She gave the food to the kids in the car, who attacked it like wolves, and we stood by the pump eating fries and talking a little.

She told me her name, and that she lived in Kansas City Her boyfriend left 2 months a go and she had not been able to make ends meet. She knew she wouldn't have money to pay rent Jan 1, and finally, in desperation, had called her parents, with whom she had not spoken in about 5 years. They lived in California and said she could come live with them and try to get on her feet there.

So she packed up everything she owned and put it in the car. She told the kids they were going to California to see their grandparents for Christmas, but not that they were going to live there.

I gave her my gloves, a little hug and said a quick prayer with her for safety on the road. As I was walking over to my car, she said, 'So, are you like an angel or something?'

This definitely made me cry. I said, 'Sweetie, at this time of year angels are really busy, so sometimes God uses regular people.'

It was so incredible to be a part of someone else's miracle. And of course, you guessed it, when I got in my car it started right away and got me home with no problem. I'll put it in the shop tomorrow to check, but I suspect the mechanic won't find anything wrong.

Sometimes the angels fly close enough to you that you can hear the flutter of their wings...


12/22/2008 10:40 PM
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I could really use a hug or a PRAYER tonight, I went through a devastating time today:

My beloved friend and companion of 14 yrs,, was a loving and devoted Mix of German Shep, and Black Lab.

He was dx'd several months ago with hip arthritis, then he started going blind. Just in the past week be became paralyzed from the hips down, and all he would do was cry out in pain. This past week I began sharing my pain pills with him, it seemed to help but when it wore off I could hear his cries and would so to him and lay down with him. His name was Rocky the 2nd. Today I took him back to the vet and he had to be put down. There was no way I could hide my anguish and tears from everyone in the place. First, they gave him a shot in the hip to calm him. They had us in a special family room with soft furniture, big soft rug that he lay on in the floor, and soft lighting. As the first shot began to take effect, he licked my face and cried, and I myself go and cried as I stroked him, talked to him, and he kept trying to lick me again and shake hands....then he lay his head down on my arm, there on the rug where we lay, and went into a normal like sleep. Then 5 minutes later the doc came back in and shaved his leg, to find a vein. Then he put the big syringe filled with thick yellow liquid, and inserted it into Rocky's vein. The doc said that Rocky would be gone by the time the liquid was slowly being injected. And by the time the needle came out, Rocky's breathing became sparattic and he started jerking all over. My own pain and agony increased tenfold at seeing this. when doc said he was gone, I thought that would be it. he listened to his heart and said he was gone. Then suddenly Rocky's head moved up and his eyes wide looked right at me! The doc listened to his heart agiain and said that it didn't usually take this long for it to take effect. Then Rocky lay his head back down and his breathing stopped. I closed Rocky's eyes when his body started jerking wildly and his tongue looled out, the dock held his snout down and explained to me that it was normal for the nervous system to do that upon death.

I ran out of the room and crouched in a hallway floor away from everybody not wanting to believe what I saw.I cried so hard I could hardly see my way back to the room. The doctor was gently covering Rocky with a sheet saying he was definatly gone..I tore the sheet back and hugged him, to say my last goodbye.

I left him there to be cremated, paying extra and made sure they knew I didn't want them just tossing him in a cold metal box waiting for removal pickup.

then I covered him with the sheet, and wobbled may way out, weak from the experiance. I have done nothing but cry all day, so much that my eyes are so swollen, burning, and the redness bright and extending further below my eyes,,,you know what I look like? If you were to look at me not knowing what I had just gone'd swear I just came back from a week long high, with a bad plunge.

My beautiful kitty BlueBelle, has been coughing bad and I have been medicating her for what the doc said is " Lungworms" a life threatening problem. Tonight she is coughing worse and won't eat much, no I have to take her back to the vet for more treatment.

I just lost my mom last month. Today I lost my dear companion of 14 years. It's been a hard year.

If it weren't for mdjunction, and all of you who show love, and support, and for the honor of being a help to others as Group Leader here in Addictions Recovery..I am not so sure I could have coped with my heartaches and losses as well as I have. Thank You and May God Bles You, your families, and your dear pets. Goodnight my friends. Love, MonaCherie

aka Frenchie

12/22/2008 10:47 PM
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I am so so sorry. My heart goes out to you. I don't know what to say. I will pray for you.

12/22/2008 11:05 PM
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I am so sorry for what you are going through. I did go through this last year with my black lab Sadie, so I do know how you feel. Please just know that he isn't suffering anymore and you did what was best for him. I know it is so hard right now, but it will get easier with time.

Again, I am so sorry for your loss.


12/23/2008 04:32 AM

Frenchie, I'll say a prayer for you so that your pain will be lessened.

I was holding my cat Cali, when we had to put her to sleep. She was 11 years old and had cancer of the mouth. I know your pain but just think, Rocky the 2nd is now playing on the rainbow bridge with all the other fur babies. Tell him to look for a calico cat named Cali. She'll show him around up there along with Tesla and MacKenzie our neighbors German Shepherd and Collie that also died this year.

You are in my thoughts.

Merry Christmas to you.

12/23/2008 04:37 AM

I am so sorry you had to go through that. I can't imagine if I lost my beloved Jett! You have had a trying year and I am proud of you for staying strong and true to yourself throughout this. Please know you will be in my thoughts and prayers and I hope the upcoming year is much, much better.

12/23/2008 05:36 AM
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I am so very sorry, my heartfelt sympathy to you.

12/23/2008 06:28 AM
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I am so sorry to hear that you had to go through this especially this time of year. A month ago a had to have my best friend Tom, a brown tabby cat, put down because of kidney disease. He was only 5-1/2 and it was the hardest thing I have ever done. I still cry every night because I miss him so. I have started recently remembering the sweet things he always did and how much he loved me instead of just thinking about those last moments that were so sad and heartbreaking. I know in time those terrible memories of his last momenets will move farther back in your mind and those wonderful memories of your dear friend will be in front. I will be praying for you during this difficult time! Deborah

12/23/2008 05:39 PM
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Frenchie, I am so sorry for your pain . Our furbabies are just like our children and when they hurt, we hurt.

Every time we lose a beloved pet, I say ""no more"" but then somewhere along the line , another furbaby will tug my heart and come to live with us .

Know that your babies are in a better place ....

Holiday {{{HUGS}}} Marilyn

12/23/2008 05:46 PM

Frenchie I am so sorry for your losses. You will come through this as you have other struggles in your life. I know that you are hurting but they are in a better place. Grieve and let it out, then take care of what you need to take care of in your life. I am thinking of you, take care.

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