[Celebrating World Falun Dafa Day] With Falun Dafa in My Heart, My Bedridden Father’s Life Is Extended
(Minghui.org) I began practicing Falun Dafa in 1996 and I am now 45 years old. By following the guiding principles of ’Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance’ and with Master Li Hongzhi’s (the founder) benevolent protection and enlightenment, I’ve made it through to today.
After my mother died in a car accident in July 1992, I became very depressed. In 1996 a colleague gave me a copy of Zhuan Falun – the main teachings of Falun Dafa. The principles of Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance deeply resonated with me and I began to practice. I snapped out of depression and I understood how to be compassionate and tolerant of others.
The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) began persecuting Falun Dafa in July 1999 and many practitioners were cruelly persecuted. Simply because I refused to renounce my belief I was thrown into forced labor camps three times. The torture that I suffered was beyond description.
My father witnessed my positive changes. After I was arrested he knew that I was tortured each time. He was frightened and felt helpless. His health deteriorated and he developed diabetes and heart disease.
In November 2013, he had a stroke and was taken to the hospital. Although he survived he was bedridden. He lost his ability to speak. He couldn’t feed himself or eat normally, but had to rely on being fed through gastric tubes to sustain his life.
With the decline of morality in today’s society, many people don’t care about their parents, let alone take care of them. Some ignore them or even mistreat them.
Before my father’s stroke my brother and sister-in-law occasionally visited him, but only when they needed money. After he became bedridden they told me they didn’t have the time to take care of him. I had to take on that responsibility.
I thought about what Master said:
“When it looks impossible and is said to be impossible, give it a try and see if it is possible.” (Lecture Nine, Zhuan Falun)
I felt I must follow the Fa’s standards and take good care of my father. Even though he was bedridden and could only take in fluid, I carefully prepared meals for him. I always bought good quality and nutritious food - a mix of vegetables, meat, and fruit. I set up a schedule: when to feed him, and when to give him water and his medications. Then I turned his body and sponge bathed him.
It all seemed simple, but having to follow the routine schedule every day was not easy. One could easily lose one’s patience. However, the process of my repetitively having to do the same things day after day, helped eliminate my attachment to complaining and avoiding doing tedious things.
When one is bedridden sputum can easily accumulate; I learned how to suck it. Every time I turned him over, I had to wipe him, change his diaper, suck sputum, and wash his spittoon. I had to suck his sputum more than 20 times a day.
A year later, my father’s situation worsened to the point where he couldn’t have a bowel movement on his own. I had to help him by putting on gloves. After a few years, I was used to it. Sometimes I was exhausted; this was too hard and I couldn’t keep it up. When I remembered what Master said: “Let joy be found in hardship” (“Tempering the Will,” Hong Yin) I relaxed.
I started taking care of my dad by myself more than six years ago. His complexion is rosy, his weight is normal, and he has no bed sores. I’ve replaced his mattress three times, and his sputum aspirator and the food blender twice. He has used more than 2,000 suction tubes. I shave his beard, cut his hair, and put in his gastric tube myself. No wonder when we went to the hospital, people called me a “senior personal support worker (PSW)”.
My family, friends, neighbors, colleagues, doctors, and nurses think it’s truly miraculous that my father is doing so well. As a bedridden patient, from a medical point of view, even though he’s being taken good care of, he should have lived only two or three years. Everyone says that he’s doing so well because of my great, comprehensive care.
My father was hospitalized several times. When he was hospitalized last year, his roommates noticed that I was very occupied with him: one moment I was turning him, the next moment, I was either feeding him, washing his face, or changing his diaper. They praised me. One person said, “It’s very hard to find someone like you these days.” Others said, “What a wonderful daughter!” Many people said, “If he didn’t have someone like you to take care of him he wouldn’t be alive.” I told them that it is because I practice Falun Dafa that I can take such good care of him. I said our Master taught us to put others first in everything we do. They were caught off guard, but they changed their opinion of Falun Dafa.
Last year, my father was hospitalized for nearly six months, from mid-March to early July. I had stayed at the hospital for 80 days. In the end he had a high fever and none of the medications helped. The doctor said he had septicemia. From a medical standpoint, with my father’s health condition, there was no cure.
When our relatives and friends heard this, they thought he wouldn’t survive this time. I knew that only Dafa and Master could help him. After he was sent home, his fever persisted. I began playing recordings of Master’s lectures for him every day. I knew that only Master could help him.
After nine days and nights his fever went down, and he recovered. Master saved him! No words can express my gratitude for Master’s saving grace. From this incident, my relatives once again witnessed how amazing Falun Dafa is and Master’s immense compassion.
This year, the CCP virus (also known as the coronavirus) has spread to the entire world. I told my family and relatives to sincerely say, “Falun Dafa is wonderful! Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance is wonderful,” and they would be blessed. Because they’ve witnessed my father’s situation, they feel that Falun Dafa is miraculous so they often say the phrases.
I sincerely hope all people can see through the evil nature of the CCP and quickly renounce their memberships from the Party and its affiliated organizations, so they can have a bright future.
Falun Dafa and the power of Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance have shaped me into someone who is strong, confident, tolerant, and understanding of others. I truly feel how sacred and wonderful it is to be a Falun Dafa practitioner. Thank you, Master! I will continue to cultivate diligently so I don’t disappoint Master’s saving grace.