My Uncle’s Birthday

So, tomorrow is my uncle’s birthday.  It may, though, be his last.  Wow, that sure sounds like hyperbole.  It’s not.  He hasn’t been doing well for a number of months, and he’s getting worse.  His kidneys are failing and he won’t accept medical help–he doesn’t want treatment; he doesn’t want to go through dialysis; he doesn’t care.  It’s a really sad situation, but he’s made up his mind, and there’s not really anything we can do about it.  It’s really hitting my grandmother hard.  I mean, he’s her son.  My grandmother is a very strong Christian, and my uncle isn’t a believer–as far as we know.  My grandmother is handling things a lot different than I am–she’s pressuring him and trying to change him.  But I know that I can’t change him.  There is nothing I can do or say or be to inspire him to accept help–either medical or spiritual.  All I can do is be there for him.  So tomorrow, Anna and I will stop by my dad’s house (my uncle lives at his house) to wish him a happy birthday and pray for his next year.   

By the way, I’ve got to say that the product placement on Biggest Loser can be too much sometimes.  I mean, I know it’s green week on NBC, but come on!  Evolve Ziploc bags?  Really? Come on!

1- 15 minute session on the Elliptical
1- 20 minute session on the Treadmill
1- 10 minute session on the Stairmaster
30 sit ups
Walk 3 miles (49:32 minutes; 3.7 mph)
1 set of 2- 60 second planks
Read the Bible

2- 15 minute sessions on the Elliptical
2- 20 minute sessions on the Treadmill
2- 10 minute sessions on the Stairmaster
120 sit ups
Walk 5 miles
2 sets of 2- 60 second planks
Read the Bible Daily
Pray Daily

3- 15 minute sessions on the Elliptical
3- 20 minute sessions on the Treadmill
3- 10 minute sessions on the Stairmaster
90 sit ups
Walk 7 miles
2 DVD workouts
2 sets of 2- 60 second planks
Read the Bible Daily
Pray Daily
Date with Anna

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6 Responses to My Uncle’s Birthday

  1. Beej, I am very sorry to read this about your uncle, and I hope that somehow something that has been said to him will open his eyes to the truth before his life is over. I'll say a prayer for him.

  2. Paul says:

    My Thoughts and prayers will be with your uncle as well.Also, I totally agree with you about the product placement on BL last night. It's always alittle forced, but it just seemed terribly contrived.I was happy to see them push Larabars last week, as I've been all over those for a while now and love them.

  3. josie says:

    beej, so sorry to hear about your uncle and the situation as a whole. 😦 I do hope that your grandmother can find a peace with it all before he passes. That kind of hurt can linger and really eat away at a person. I know from experience. My spiritual life can best be described as a jagged road. Lots of curves, u-turns, dead ends, and forks…but at least I'm still on the road…and hopefully eventually I'll make my way to the path I was destined to be on. Sorry for going on a tangent. I guess this was just my way of saying that I used to be a devout praying Christian, and while I can no longer classify myself as such (would be hypocritical of me to do so) I can really relate to what you're going through. Since I'm not praying right now, I always feel silly when I say to people that they are in my thoughts or that I'm sending good vibes their way…it's just that I'm never sure what else there is I can say/do. You are however, in my thoughts and I wish nothing but the best for your family as a whole!!!!

  4. Kimberley says:

    Sorry to hear about your uncle. That is great of you to stop by and have a birthday visit. You rock!

  5. Shelli Belly says:

    Being present Beej.May the Lord Bless you and your family.

  6. beej says:

    Thanks for all your kind words guys, it was a good evening.

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