Saturday, December 12, 2009

Dumpy Drugs

I have been down in the dumps somewhat this week. A friend of mine who has pancreatic cancer is being made comfortable now by Hospice, and her time will probably be very short. She is such a dear lady and I really hate that this happened to her.

Also there was a doctor that was shot and killed in Eastern KY this week and he is distant kin to me. He was 57. He was working in a rural clinic and he wouldn't give this man any pain pills unless the man took a drug test, the man refused, got angry, went to his car, got a gun, came back in and shot him. This was so sad. He was a good doctor and well liked. Drugs are such an awful problem these days. I guess it's everywhere. I know they are terrible around here. The pain pill seeking man that shot him had a long history of run ins with the law, and he had been to other clinics that day trying to get pain pills.

The other thing that happened this week on that very windy day, a 17 year old was killed in town by a falling tree. She was pregnant and the baby also died. The tree was huge and she and her cousin were walking under it when it fell. Her cousin escaped with some minor injuries. I didn't know her but I've heard that her mother was really taking it hard, as of course she would. Just another sad thing.

Anyway, I've been feeling better today. I hope everyone is having a wonderful weekend! Christmas is right around the corner! Can you believe it? It's hard for me to believe it!

SUNDAY SIGN (not the best quality-- sorry!)

15 Comments:

Blogger Diane@Diane's Place said...

I've been depressed too, Rachel, but am feeling better myself. Glad you're feeling more like yourself as well.

So sad about your distant relative and the young girl and her baby. Sometimes it's hard to understand why these sad things happen and all we can do is trust in the Lord and try not to lean on our own understanding.

Merry Christmas to you and yours, dear friend!

Love and hugs,

Diane

11:23 PM  
Blogger OldOldLady Of The Hills said...

I'm so so sorry Rachel that so many very sad things have descended on you... Not an easy time and it seems like there are many very sad things happening to so very many people.
I'm not sure why, but I have been feeling pretty low, myself...Maybe it is the time of year. Like you, I cannot believe that Christmas is almost here. I have done nothing about it this year...No Calendar, or Cards, or anything---it's just the way it is, I guess.
I'm glad to know you are feeling a little better, my dear.....
That is a GREAT Sign, my dear....!
Hugs to you, dear Rachel. (((((((HUGS)))))))

11:49 PM  
Blogger Farmgirl Cyn said...

Hi Rachel!
Yes, it is hard to believe we are in the middle of December, isn't it? My internal clock says it is only October! Love the sign today...really appropriate as I use google on a regular basis!

5:20 AM  
Blogger Granny Annie said...

It seems that tragic deaths occur around Christmas ever year. We have already lost three neighbors, one from taking the H1N1 shot after her doctor told her she should not take it.

At least we have comfort and hope that our faith gives us. Can you imagine dealing with these things without any belief in a higher power?

6:05 AM  
Blogger Ily said...

Well, that sounds like a whole lot of awful! :( My best friend passed away from leukemia a few years ago and it was terribly sad. My heart goes out to you, your friend and her loved ones. Lots of prayers for everyoneo!

Btw, that church sign is awesome!

6:58 AM  
Anonymous Linda in Erie said...

That does sound like an awful week. Drugs cause such destruction. Christmas can be sad for all those who have lost loved ones, especially the first year without them but thankfully our faith and the celebration of the birth of Jesus gets us through troubled times. I love that sign!

8:05 AM  
OpenID thesouthernlady64 said...

Love the sign! I heard about the doctor and the girl the tree fell on. Both were such unnecessary deaths. Drugs are bad here, too. I am glad it is warming up around here this week. I can't believe high 50s for Monday! Hope you have a good week.

8:12 AM  
Blogger Fred said...

Sorry to hear about everything, Rachel. We live in a dangerous world. More so than we were kids.

I hope you have a better week, and thanks for a great church sign!

3:44 PM  
Blogger Mountain Mama said...

I love the sign!
I am so sorry about your friend and all the sadness surrounding you right now and I pray our Lord will hold you close to his heart till the sun comes out again. God bless you!

4:49 PM  
Blogger Clara....in TN said...

Sad things that happened. Last week two women died here when a tree fell on their car as they were driving down the road. What are the odds that a tree will fall on you and kill you? It almost makes me afraid to drive down the road.

5:03 AM  
Blogger possum said...

I think it is the time of year where you are either UP or way down. It is so sad the things people do for drugs, so very sad. Maybe things seem worse because it is the time of year when everyone is supposed to be so happy...
The weather has been so wet here, we can get happy just seeing a bit of sunshine!
You stay well and safe!

5:26 AM  
Blogger Tossing Pebbles in the Stream said...

It is a sad litany of unrelated events that have touched your life. They are depressing I am sure. I trust your friend in Hospice finds deep meaning in the little time she has left. It is a time when heightened awareness and achnowledgement of care and concern by friends and family can be profound. One may see it as experiencing God's grace.

I live where there are lots of trees. I often hear trees fall in the forest. I am glad I do not have trees around my house. It is so very rare to be struck and killed by a tree. Which I guess adds to the sense of tragedy.

It is very upsetting to hear of doctors being targets of violence when their profession is so much dedicated to "doing no harm" as well as doing a lot of good.

I have read the second amendment to the Constitution and do not see where it justifies every unstable person having a right to own a gun.
I guess the gun lobby would say the doctor should have carried a gun to protect himself. Such BS just enrages me. I guess I can be forgiven as I am one of those silly Canadians that believes in a Society of laws.

3:53 PM  
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Blogger Jamie Dawn said...

I'm so sad to hear of all that bad news. Life knocks us down at any time of year, but it seems more depressing when bad things happen during the holiday season. How awful that the young lady was killed as well as her unborn baby! How terrible that that doctor was shot and killed! People can be so evil and crazy. It is scary.
I am so sorry about your friend who is dying from cancer. Cancer is something that I hate so much!!! It has taken several of my loved ones, and it brings such sadness into our lives. God bless your dear friend and touch her with His mighty hand. I pray God will surround her and also you during this awful time.
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God bless you and Phil and all your loved ones.

11:19 AM  
Blogger Cliff said...

So sorry Rachel for all of these troubles. Blessings on ya.

6:04 AM  

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