Wednesday, April 29, 2009

My Husband

I guess the reason I don't talk about Leonard a lot is that we are fighting an illness that has only one outcome.
He's funny, most of the time uses his sense of humor to diffuse an arguement, treats me like a queen and is just the dearest guy in the world. This same guy who was raised in the country and hates tumbleweeds because they cause trouble with the tractor is the same man who drives slowly along a country road helping me find ones to photograph.
This man is amazing. He was diagnosed with systemic lupus 10 years ago and has fought it tooth and nail. I thought when we retired 3 years ago that he was going to also. No, he said he wanted to keep working. With his career of appliance repair he still tries to accomplish a few calls a day. He likes the challenge, keeping up with his trade, the contact with the outside world, and he truly loves solving a problem and working with his hands. I could go on and on but well, my point is, he's having an awful hard time right now. Much of the time the doctor would have him in the hospital but he feels better at home, resting as he needs to. I love him, it's hard right now. God bless you, Diane


Ruth's Photo Blog said...

Oh Diane,I never knew that you had such a heavy load to carry.I will remember to pray for you and Leonard.Thank-you so much for sharing this with us.

Jill said...

Diane, your husband sounds like a wonderful person and here you are giving so many of us your support and we never knew what you are going through. My husband is past retirement age but continues to work so we will be covered by the extra insurance during this time. He also loves his work and it gives him something to do but is always there for me when I need him.These guys are fantastic and we are so lucky to have them in our lives.
We are always here for you Diane just as you are for us.
Bless you!

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Oh Diane, I had no idea that Leonard was sick... You have such an incredible attitude about life --and I admire that in your so much. I would never have known that you were carrying such a burden.

I also admire Leonard--since he still wants to work when he can. What a fabulous attitude.. If anything will keep him going, it's his attitude.

My sweet father-in-law used to repair small appliances. He read and studied and started that career (out of his home) AFTER he retired from his real job. People loved him and counted on him to fix their washing machines, etc. He was honest and fair --and people remember that about him. He did it as long as he could..

God Bless both of you.. I appreciate you telling us so that we can add Leanard (and you) in our prayers.

Lots of HUGS,

Laurie said...

You know my prayers are with both you and Leonard Diane, He's so good to you and you two are a perfect match. Thank God He is in control, and faith will get you through this hard time.
Blessings to you both,

Jayne said...

((((Diane)))) I knew he was on some oxygen in some of the photos, but did not realize his diagnosis. As Laurie said, prayers are ascending and you are not alone my friend. Love and hugs to you.

SweetAnnee said...

Oh Leonard sounds like a gem. I am glad he is enjoying life..and I will pray for you both.

I can not imagine how hard it must be for you..and him..

just adore him like you do..

you're such a sweet friend..

Deborah@ The Painted Nest said...

Dearest Diane, I'm so sorry it's taken me so long to respond to your comment to my blog. But God has perfect timing, I will be praying for your sweet hubby and yourself. May God's Peace and Love surround you always!!!!~~Thank-you for your sweet comment on my blog and for stopping by to visit. I'll keep you in my prayers. Blessings Always, Deborah

Denise said...

Oh girl friend....... God bless you and your sweet DH...... Life is tough but Jesus is tougher... HE has risen and with that HE brings us peace amid the storms..... I will pray for him...... I do not know anything about that illness but I do not need to know....... Hug his neck for us bloggers and tell him he has a whole network of ladies praying....


Kathy McCreedy said...

Hi Diane,
What a gem of a guy, and I'm sorry to hear of his illness. I applaud his decision to keep working, no matter how few calls he makes per day... it is important for him to feel relevant and to keep his body moving. He's a smart one, that hubby of yours! Trust me, if he stops working all together, he won't be happy and his health would really decline. You are fortunate to have such a loving partner, and I have a feeling you deserve everything he gives you! xoxo
PS: Thank you SO much for your continued support and encouragement... the comments you leave me mean so much to me. God bless YOU!

A Stitch In Thyme said...

Leonard... be brave, be strong, be faithful and know God's hands hold you up when you are down.

I too suffer from lupus. Eight years of pain, sickness, fatigue and so much more. I was told I was depressed and had "housewives disease". I have fired more doctors than i've kept. I found a keeper. After $8000.00 worth of blood work and a solid history, I was just diagnosed 4 months ago. i was ready to give up.

It's very scary and yet comforting to know what I have. I am rambling, i'm sorry. I know how you must be feeling my dear. I see my hubs carry the weight of the world some days when i'm not able. He knows you love him. He does. My heart goes out to you.

Leedra said...

Have and will pray for Leonard, and for you.

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