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Linda (Earth Angel) needs all the prayers you can spare

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Member Rara Avis
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0 posted 01-05-2011 06:51 AM       View Profile for OwlSA   Email OwlSA   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for OwlSA

Hi All

Some of you will have received these 2 emails.  After receiving the first, I emailed Shannon, asking her to ask Lindaís permission to put her email into discussions.  As you will see from the second reply, Linda said it was fine to put in as we saw fit, so I thought putting in both emails would be the best.

Please can you all pray very hard for our wonderful Linda.

Owl (Please read both emails below.  They are from Shannon, Linda's daughter).

Hello everyone,

This is Linda's daughter, Shannon, writing. Mom has asked me to email some of her closest friends to let you know that she is in hospital (She ordered me not to say anything before now). I took her to our local ER (at Milton District Hospital) on the afternoon of Christmas Eve because she was experiencing very shallow breathing and had great difficulty moving. 4 hours in, she had a heart attack (her first ever) and was moved to the hospital's ICU once she had recovered (on her own without paddles, etc.). Day before yesterday, the hospital felt she was stable enough for a move to the Medical Surgical unit in the hospital. Very shortly after her transfer, she had another larger heart attack, at which point the doctor called me and told me to call her family for last words - the worst moment of my life to date by far. Within 15 minutes of her brother and us arriving at the hospital, Mom had miraculously "snapped out of it" as the doctor put it (again, without paddles, etc.), and was alert and asking for food, talking up a storm, not even aware she had just had a major heart attack 15 minutes prior. No one could get over her strength and will to live. Medical staff were shaking their heads and sitting down in her ICU room in disbelief...I told them she would amaze them and they actually listened this time.

What strikes me is this...Before I told my mom what had happened, she told me that she had just come out of this weird, but very real dream where she was in a massive wind tunnel with her hair blowing right back,and a very bright, full light was approaching her fast from the distance. When she got to the light, she said she was given a choice on whether to go through the light, or to turn around and see her kids. If she chose the first, she'd be choosing to go to Heaven; if she chose the second, she could see her family, but it was going to be painful. Mom said she paused for a second, sucked it up and decided, "I want to see my kids," at which point, she said, she felt an awesome pain in her chest and a gasp of air. Her eyes rolled forward from the back of her head, she looked up and saw Erin and I standing there. She said she knew she had made the right choice once she had seen us, although she didn't know what had happened. I told her what the doctors had just told us and she was awe struck. A strange look came over her face then and she said, "I guess I just decided I don't want to die then!" And then she asked me for an apple. She said she had too much to do this year to not be here. It was the strangest, happiest thing I have ever witnessed.

Mom remains in ICU with a lot of concerns floating in the air now, but her spirits are fairly high. Yesterday was a good day. I was actually able to give her a facial as she sat up, and Erin and I talked wedding and other girl stuff with her, which she very much loved. She was laughing so loudly, we had to tell her to calm down and breathe in her oxygen (she's down to just nasal prongs from a breathing bypass machine, which is amazing)... We have been told that her heart is very weak and her kidneys are near failing, which worries me. We've also learned that she has pneumonia, which is being taken good care of by a myriad of strong drugs as her lungs are clearing nicely. Under normal circumstances, one might have open heart surgery or some other procedure to make things better for the heart and other arteries (she's got congestive heart failure and blocked arteries everywhere); however, we have been given the distinct impression that there is nothing a hospital can do for my mom but to keep her comfortable. Her Internist is liasing with Trillium Hospital as we speak, to see if Cardiology over there is willing to take a look at her or accept her as a transfer patient. It will be a couple more days at least before we hear anything from them. We're not sure they'll be able to help since Mom is so sick, but you never know, I guess.

In the meantime, Mom is pretty scared (as we all are), but is remaining in good spirits. We all still remain hopeful that her body will heal on its own, and that someone will let her go on dialysis to help the process (it can be pretty taxing on the heart, apparently). I don't know how long she will remain in the ICU or when or if she will be able to come home to a regular life. Her blood pressure, gases, sugars, etc. all look good right now, but she needs to be on oxygen and she has little energy to move. We pray every day for her, and I hope you will do the same, too. There's great power in prayer and numbers, I hear...  

Visitors are kept pretty tight in the ICU, but she is permitted to have 2 close family members or friends with her at a time, if you are able to visit. There are no regular visiting hours in that ward, so people can come at any time day or night. They only suggest that you don't arrive between 12 pm and 2:30 pm, as that is rest time, and you don't come during the 7-8 pm shift change because they are very busy transfering things around to be able to answer the phone. Once you get up to the ICU, there is a phone on the wall that you just pick up and it will ring the nurses' station phone. You just say that you're there to visit Linda Dowd and then you can go through the doors. Mom is the last room around past the nurses' station by the exit doors on the right. It's a very small unit with only a maximum of 5 or 6 patients in at a time, so she's not hard to find. It's a very nice and cozy unit with big, bright spacious rooms. We're very comfortable there.

I'm sorry to relay all of this information so quickly and impersonally, but I am spending the bulk of my days at the hospital where I can only use a phone in the waiting room, and with email, I can reach more people quicker. I would have written sooner, but Mom did not want to put a damper on anyone's holidays. She hopes you've all been able to have wonderful Christmases and New Years.

Shannon and family

Hello lovely ladies,

I was speaking to Mom last night and tonight and she said that it's okay if someone makes a post on PIP about what's going on with her. She said you can write what you wish. She feels badly that she's been out of touch with the PIP community for so long (she feels some would think she is simply ignoring them), but in truth, she has just been too weak to be on the computer writing the way she used to. Her health at present is very poor, but she and our family remain hopeful that she will somehow heal or improve to the point where she can come home again. In the meantime, she's made herself quite comfortable in the ICU and has become a favourite among her doctors and nurses, who sit and talk with her regularly. Her positive outlook on life, strong will to live, and selfless good nature have been (I am told by staff) an inspiration to others. They all say she's one special lady. I could've told them that.  

Thank you again for your prayers. Keep 'em coming!


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1 posted 01-05-2011 08:04 AM       View Profile for Balladeer   Email Balladeer   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Balladeer's Home Page   View IP for Balladeer

Wow! What a lady she is! Thank you for sharing this. She is a real fighter and always optimistic and a great lover of life and that will go a long way in helping her win this battle. I wish her the very best. She is special..
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2 posted 01-05-2011 09:31 AM       View Profile for suthern   Email suthern   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for suthern

Diana, thank you so much for posting Shannon's emails. And Shannon... please tell your sweet Mom that we appreciate her fighting to stay - we need our Earth Angel HERE!!! My thoughts and prayers are with you all... with gentle hugs for Linda and a great big bear hug for Michael. May you all be given the strength to get through this crisis. Linda's one of the kindest, most compassionate people I've ever known and I pray she's blessed with a full and rapid recovery! Much love, Ruth
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3 posted 01-05-2011 09:59 AM       View Profile for Nan   Email Nan   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Nan's Home Page   View IP for Nan

All the prayers we can muster are headed your way, Linda.  Please get stronger and be well as quickly as you can, and enjoy the second chance you've been given.  Listen to the doctors, and we'll see you when you're able.

Shannon, if  you could keep us posted, we'd be very appreciative.  Thanks Diana, for letting us know.

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4 posted 01-05-2011 10:27 AM       View Profile for Oklahoma Rose   Email Oklahoma Rose   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Oklahoma Rose

Thank you for letting us know Owl.

Linda I think about you often, even though we haven't talked in a while. I do hope you get well soon. Prayers are on the way.
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5 posted 01-05-2011 10:32 AM       View Profile for Sunshine   Email Sunshine   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Sunshine's Home Page   View IP for Sunshine

Shannon, you tell your mother that she has am multitude of people praying for her, and that her own love and light has always been welcomed by those she has touched here, and it will always be her strength that will see her, and us, through to better things.

And...give her my love, will ya?

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6 posted 01-05-2011 11:13 AM       View Profile for Margherita   Email Margherita   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Margherita

Linda is an Angel, let us not forget this! And she has Angel-ways to cope with all of her tremendous challenges. Thank you, dear Diana, for getting in touch and reaching out to all of our Pip-members. Indeed Linda, our Earth Angel, has been deeply missed in the last few months on these pages, for her poetic offerings and her comments have always been of exquisite quality and warmth. Yes, she is one VERY SPECIAL LADY and I do love her with all of my heart and I send intense heartprayers heavenwards, trusting that "those up there" will agree that her heart has to be restored to perfect functioning, as she is one of those lightworkers who spread beauty and love down here on Earth and she is truly needed here, by her loved ones and by all those who have had the chance to know her.
The dramatic news have both impressed and moved me and I do not doubt a second that she is uplifting everyone right there where she is in this moment.
Trusting in improvement and perfect healing.
I love you, Angelo Terrestre, you know!
Thank you also, dear Shannon, for your reaching out in this difficult moment.
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7 posted 01-05-2011 11:31 AM       View Profile for iliana   Email iliana   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for iliana

Dearest Linda, you know my prayers are being lifted up for you.  I am hugging you in my heart and hoping for miracles.  Love and light always, my kindred friend.  Jo

Thanks, Owl, for letting me know.
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8 posted 01-05-2011 11:55 AM       View Profile for 2islander2   Email 2islander2   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for 2islander2

Linda I think of you. You have to be with us as soon as you can, I can hear your voice, I can hear your beauty when I read your talented poems...There are a part of me forever.

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9 posted 01-05-2011 01:16 PM       View Profile for Marchmadness   Email Marchmadness   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Marchmadness

Dear Linda,
I have always felt we have had a special connecttion since I first met you here at PIP. I have known for some time that you were ill because I knew you would be on the site if you could. Please know that I am thinking of you and praying for you everyday. I'll bet you have those people at the hospital eating out of your hand. I know that they will take care of "our Angel."
                             Love, Ida
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10 posted 01-05-2011 01:17 PM       View Profile for secondhanddreampoet   Email secondhanddreampoet   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for secondhanddreampoet

I have been traversing the fine blue sands of "P.I.P.-land" by the cyber-sea for 6 'open' forums now ... always following in the footsteps of a few exceptional writers.  Linda has been a grand-fine poetic inspiration to me all along said journey ... and one of the main reasons I've 'hung around' as long in here as I have!  I feel that I share a special bond of 'Celtic Sensibilities' with her as well.

Linda, I hope you will be back home soon with your loving family and back here with your 'poetic (extended) family' as well ... we most assuredly need ya' too, dear lady! ... best wishes for a full and speedy recovery from any and all health challenges!

and thanks Diana for informing me!

   --- with much love and v. special concern,

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11 posted 01-05-2011 01:24 PM       View Profile for Martie   Email Martie   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Martie's Home Page   View IP for Martie

Linda....your loving ways have always been an inspiration to me. My thoughts are with you at this time.  It is in the difficult times we often gain the most.  

Thank you, Shannon and Diana for letting us know.
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12 posted 01-05-2011 01:40 PM       View Profile for Honeybunch   Email Honeybunch   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Honeybunch's Home Page   View IP for Honeybunch

Dear Linda - I think we all knew that something was preventing you from being here and sharing your wonderful and uplifting poetry.  I did write at one time to enquire because you have been sorely missed.

I am so very sorry to hear of your ill health and most certainly do wish you a speedy recovery.  My prayers and thoughts are with you and too my thanks for your always so supportive and encouraging comments.

Get better soon dear Earth Angel.

Lots of love
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13 posted 01-05-2011 03:10 PM       View Profile for OwlSA   Email OwlSA   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for OwlSA

I have just sent all of the above replies to Linda via Shannon and will do so round about the same time every day.  I know she will be very happy to see your lovely and loving messages to her.

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14 posted 01-05-2011 04:49 PM       View Profile for nakdthoughts   Email nakdthoughts   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for nakdthoughts

Dearest Linda, I have been checking on here for news of you or your beautiful poetry and knew something must be "up" for you to stay away so long.I have been, and will continue thinking and praying for your healing and believe that you have been given that second chance because of all you have done in your life to help others, especially in spirit.

Missing your beautiful words and voice but can find them here when I need to hear and read them. They have lifted me up many times.
"love and light"

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15 posted 01-05-2011 08:03 PM       View Profile for OwlSA   Email OwlSA   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for OwlSA

In another email from Shannon, sent before I sent the replies up to Honeybunch's reply, Shannon says that she knows her Momís mind will be eased by the fact that people now know why she has been away from the group for so long.  She said that her Mom cares deeply for so many of the people here and she wishes everyone nothing but love and good fortune Ė and that she misses reading all of the wonderful poetry.

Linda continues to remain upbeat and hopeful.  Her spirit is very strong and she realizes how much there is to live for.  The family hasnít yet heard anything definitive from Lindaís doctors yet.  They are still conferring over test results from earlier in the week.  Everything is just one big waiting game these days, but the family is thankful for every day they have with her.  

I can only begin to imagine how exhausting all this is for Linda and Shannon and the family.  

Shannon said she will try to keep us posted as best she can.

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16 posted 01-05-2011 10:08 PM       View Profile for sandgrain   Email sandgrain   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for sandgrain

What mixed emotions rushed over me as I read this account!  I'm so sorry for the suffering of Linda and family, so delighted she remains true to her angelic nature during these dire circumstances.  

Thanks so much for sharing and allowing us to pray for Linda's best.  

God bless each of you.

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17 posted 01-05-2011 10:16 PM       View Profile for Martie   Email Martie   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Martie's Home Page   View IP for Martie

Thank you for keeping us posted thoughts have been on Linda's strong spirit since I heard of her health issues. I know she will understand in this post, how much her Pip family loves her.  
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18 posted 01-05-2011 10:19 PM       View Profile for Titia Geertman   Email Titia Geertman   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Titia Geertman's Home Page   View IP for Titia Geertman

I haven't been here for a while and then I got this email from Owl and I was shocked to read what it said.

Let's hope Linda's Heaven isn't ready yet to have her. Let us keep her for many years to come to enjoy her kindness and love she expresses so well in her poems and replies.

I'll keep Linda and all of you in my thoughts and let's hope for the best, she's a a darling woman with a strong mind.

Love, Titia

Like scattered words will flow

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19 posted 01-05-2011 10:23 PM       View Profile for Mysteria   Email Mysteria   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Mysteria

Shannon, I wouldn't have expected anything different from your Mom.  She is a strong woman with a lot of work yet to do.  I wish her a speedy recovery so she can get doing her poetry, and getting all the hugs and kisses from family and friends she so deserves.  Get well soon Linda.
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20 posted 01-05-2011 10:32 PM       View Profile for Enchantress   Email Enchantress   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Enchantress

Shannon~Please tell your Mother that there is someone who she knows very well, who is praying and holding her close in positive thought.  I knew there had to be a very good reason I hadn't heard from her recently.
Please tell Linda Lou I wish her well and love her so much. Also prayers going up from the 'Wiz', my son Chris and the family.
Take care~Nancy Lee

Thank you Owl for contacting me and for the updates.
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21 posted 01-05-2011 10:56 PM       View Profile for kaile   Email kaile   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for kaile

Hi Linda (Earth Angel),
I haven't been writing for a while but I still remember with fondness how encouraging and enthusiastic you were when I posted my work here. You were a true beam of sunshine and your positive spirit motivated me to hone my voice. I have no doubt that you will get through this tough time with humour. I'll keeping you in my thoughts. Get well soon!
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22 posted 01-06-2011 12:35 AM       View Profile for passing shadows   Email passing shadows   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for passing shadows

I'm holding her hand in spirit and in heart

Linda, hang in there baby! You got a long way to go!

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23 posted 01-06-2011 01:05 AM       View Profile for The Lady   Email The Lady   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for The Lady

Way to go Linda Angel! Show them what you can do! I am holding you in my heart and prayers!
Love, Kate

Shannon, I am holding you in my heart too.

Diana, thank you for keeping us all in the loop!

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24 posted 01-06-2011 01:41 AM       View Profile for Alison   Email Alison   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Alison


I love you and am heading out to write a letter now.

You are in my thoughts, prayers and heart.

Shannon and Erin, I am happy that your Mom has you ~ Shannon, thank you for relaying my letters.  Please, give each other a hug from me.

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