Family crisis

Just to let everyone know, I am somewhat pre-occupied right now, since Saturday. Still doing a bit of Puppy development but offline.

A close relative had a stroke, speech became jumbled, etc. We called an ambulance and have taken turns keeping him company, first in an emergency ward then in an intensive care ward. He needs an operation on the brain, but first has to wait until blood-thinning medications get out of his system.

I'm at his place tonight, using his computer. I booted Puppy off a CD, as I never like using anyone's Windows system -- don't want to risk typing my passwords into unknown Windows-based systems.

Posted on 26 Jul 2010, 19:25


Posted on 26 Jul 2010, 20:38 by timremy
mr barry

my wife and me will keep you in our prayers, along

with you family member.

in Jesus's name


Posted on 26 Jul 2010, 20:56 by grumpywolfe
Bust hopes
It is good of you to help a family member in there time of need and I am sure all in the puppy community will understand and hope for the best.

Posted on 27 Jul 2010, 2:43 by gcmartin
Understand your efforts
Having been in this situation and having witnessed this, I understand the stress this places on a family.

I hope you're in a country that has a health card plan. It helps in both treatment and impact on family day-to-day fortunes.

You're doing the right thing!

Posted on 27 Jul 2010, 4:14 by Tony
Best wishes to all
Puppy will still be there when you get back, just spend time with your loved ones
All the best

Posted on 27 Jul 2010, 8:22 by BarryK
Re health card plan
Australia is one of those fortunate countries that has a national health support system. The public hospital system is free and quite good. However, my relative has private cover -- which is an interesting situation as he is being treated in a public hospital. His private cover entitles him to a private specialist surgeon rather than one of the in-hospital doctors. He also may be able to get a private room later on, a complimentary toiletry pack, $5 free phone calls, complimentary meal for a visitor! ...though I was never offered a meal while sitting there

His intensive care ward is pretty good, he is quite cheerful and is enjoying all the attention from the nurses.

Posted on 27 Jul 2010, 9:18 by Jyo
Best of luck
Brand new Puppy Linux user here -- just installed it today to breathe new life into an inherited 2003 laptop. (It's working great, though I haven't quite mastered the learning curve. Thanks!)

I'm sorry to hear the news -- best wishes to you and your family.

Posted on 27 Jul 2010, 10:28 by edoc
Sure will pray in-agreement for excellent care and God's hand of healing.

We lost an uncle to something similar a few weeks ago - but he was in his 80's and a high-stress guy all of his life.

Your relative is blessed to have close family to help -- and that your government-care allows private insurance -- the countries that don't have real problems (no incentive for excellence).

Family first! The Puppy will still be there smiling and wagging his tail when you return from your more-important duties.

Posted on 27 Jul 2010, 18:51 by jamesbond
My prayer with you and your relative
My prayer with you and your relative. Hope everything will get better soon. God bless.

Posted on 27 Jul 2010, 19:33 by JustGreg
Take the time
Please take the time to help your relative. It is more important to look after your relative. Just take a day at a time. May God bless you and your family.

Posted on 27 Jul 2010, 22:56 by Lobster
Elephant power
I am doing a special 40 day sadhana (practice) to Ganesha, the Hindu Elephant God. I will send your father some elephant healing. Ganesha especially adores chocolates, so he is open to sanctified bribery. :)

Aum ganadhyakshaya namah

Posted on 28 Jul 2010, 7:07 by wombat01
Your family and friends are your priority. Please give them the attention they require. Puppy will wait, he is a good dog.
Best wishes.

Posted on 28 Jul 2010, 9:14 by WN2A
Best Wishes
You have your priorities right, Barry. Everything else is small potatoes. God bless you and your family.

Posted on 28 Jul 2010, 18:35 by russoodle
My good wishes...
..thoughts and hopes for a successful recovery for your family member, Barry.

As wombat01 commented, 'Puppy will wait, he's a good dog', and we'll still be here, too.

Take care of you and yours.

Posted on 29 Jul 2010, 2:39 by aarf
Foiled again
"I'm at his place tonight, using his computer. I booted Puppy off a CD, as I never like using anyone's Windows system -- don't want to risk typing my passwords into unknown Windows-based systems."
Rats! Foiled again:(

Posted on 30 Jul 2010, 8:57 by FeodorF
Gibran / Haskell
Find out the best in a person and tell him about it. We all need that. I have grown up on praise - and it has made me humble. It will always make a person long to deserve the praise. And any real consciousness is aware of something much greater than itself. Praise means understanding. We all are fine and great, fundamentally; overestimation of one another is impossible. Learn to see the greatness and the loveliness in one another - and to tell one another of it when we see it.

Mary Haskell’s Journal [January 14th, 1922]

Posted on 1 Aug 2010, 11:57 by Raffy
I hope that meds/aspirin (and the nurses!) do wonders for his immediate cure!

Posted on 1 Aug 2010, 19:41 by BarryK
Yeah, he likes the attention from the nurses! He is getting better, was able to say complete sentences today. A few of days ago it was mostly scrambled, his writing too, plus partial paralysis, and confusion.

I'm still minding his place, but managing to do a bit of work on the Woof scripts. Underlying stuff, that might not be much noticeable in the final built puppy.

Posted on 2 Aug 2010, 17:26 by Béèm
You're doing the right thing
Priority should go to family.
Glad to hear there is some improvement and hope full recovery will be there after all.

Posted on 3 Aug 2010, 14:15 by Bones01
Praying as well
Barry, when I occasionally look at your blog, I'm amazed at what you are able to do. But I join with the others in knowing that there are more important matters.
Praying for you in Vic.