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Offline Edward Brock

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Preoccupied with Family Woes.
« on: February 26, 2023, 06:51:49 PM »
I haven't been very attentive to many usual things lately, even SlideMeister.
Some things come along that diverts our attention and we've had some of that
lately with recent family drama.  Our oldest grandson who is 43 now has always
been head-strong to say the least, which simply means he has never listened
to reason and especially when it comes from the old grandparents.
About 4-5 years ago a doctor told him if he didn't stop drinking alcohol right
then he wouldn't be around much longer. Well, since Matthew clearly knows
better than anyone else, he kept right on drinking even after going to a rehab
to treat and work with him in his alcoholism.  About a month ago the
doctor told him he now has about 3 (maybe 4) months to live due to an advanced
case of cirrhosis of the liver. I'm thinking that there are just a few more trips
to Houston left for us to make before the inevitable happens.
I think I might still be a bit scarce around the site for a while so,
See ya'll around campus.

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Re: Preoccupied with Family Woes.
« Reply #1 on: February 26, 2023, 07:29:08 PM »
Unfortunately, I can pretty much relate, bro! :’(
All we can do is put it in the "Boss's" hands.
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Re: Preoccupied with Family Woes.
« Reply #2 on: February 26, 2023, 07:37:25 PM »
Sorry Ed, some folks just won’t listen to reason.
See ya when I see ya.

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Re: Preoccupied with Family Woes.
« Reply #3 on: February 26, 2023, 07:47:22 PM »
  Come back soon Edward.
  Take care and stay safe.


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Re: Preoccupied with Family Woes.
« Reply #4 on: February 26, 2023, 07:56:34 PM »
Over my extended life time I have witnessed untold numbers of friends and acquaintances succumb to alcohol.  Fortunately none in my immediate family.  My dad passed when I was 2 1/2 years old thus I never knew him.  When I was about 4 I heard some family members talking about him drinking a beer now and then, but he wasn’t a hard drinker.  I recall crying in private a few times because I didn’t have a daddy and during one of those sad times I made a life long decision I would never drink and leave my kids with no daddy.  I can honestly say I was very blessed to never have that demon hanging around my neck.  I have barely tasted beer and even wine but never drank! 

I don’t admonish folks for drinking, as long as they don’t get drunk around me.  I’m just thankful my wife and I have abstained and believe this has helped us stay young for so long.
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Re: Preoccupied with Family Woes.
« Reply #5 on: February 26, 2023, 08:47:40 PM »
I'm so sorry Edward - for you and your wife having to go through yet another family tragedy. You've had far more than your fair share.  :’( You had zero involvement or input into his choice to drink and he was given ample opportunity to stop, but some people
simply can't - or won't, despite knowing the danger. He probably never believed his drinking could really hurt him physically, so now you are stuck with all of the pain, sorrow and ultimate grief. I hurt for you and understand how badly you feel. Just know you
have friends in your corner willing to lend an ear when it gets too much.
PS: my sister-in-law's funeral services are being held tomorrow in Florida (she passed away in Richmond, Va). I've no idea
why it's taken so long - but I'm not in charge. She already had her mausoleum picked out and paid for beside my brother - her husband. We can't manage the trip so her niece in charge will try to livestream the service for the Scottish cousins who so wish they could attend but can't. At the very same time my very good friend Donna has just come through a seemingly well-known (but unknown to me) heart-valve replacement surgery called a TAVR - safely and is already back home yesterday, albeit in pain and quite restricted for a while. Thankfully she has her son to help take care of her.

We do what we must - and you're doing all that you can. You're not responsible for Matthew. Please know that.
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Re: Preoccupied with Family Woes.
« Reply #6 on: February 27, 2023, 04:03:14 AM »
Sorry to hear of your troubles, you've had more than your share to shoulder - keep safe.

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Re: Preoccupied with Family Woes.
« Reply #7 on: March 02, 2023, 10:26:48 PM »
  I'm sorry about your grandson.
  If you need help finding anything in Houston or finding the best way to get around the city, Let me know. I've lived in Houston over forty years.  I will email my telephone number for voice calls and texting. Contact me if you want.
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