I am a non-JW and have a JW girlfriend (strange as this situation can be). Since the end of 2002 she has essentially been confined to her house and mostly to her bed due to illness. She has attended 2 memorials and maybe 2-3 meetings in the last 2 years but nothing further. No conventions, gatherings, etc.
She made a comment that she and another home-bound JW were talking about submitting time slips while on a phone-link to listen to a meeting (their only source of meeting attendance). They both admitted they were lax in submitting time slips. OK, here's where the question(s) begin.
1) Just how much time can be counted by someone who rarely, if ever, leaves her home? Does phone-witnessing and other random contact with non-JWs count? Does talking to me count? Her family (all non-JW)? Does just periodically blurting out some WTS-inspired rhetoric count as witnessing? This all seems so tacky.
2) Can other witnesses who visit her (baptized since 2000) count their time visiting her? Is that allowed since she is a baptized member in more-or-less good standing? I ask this because she gets periodic visits from some of her congregation (elders included!!!). Most times they are in service in her neighborhood and park their cars in her driveways and stop to use the bathroom, get a drink, etc. While attending to their needs they visit. Sounds superficial but not wholly unrealistic or unexpected to me from what I have gathered here and elsewhere over time reading different posts.
I was mainly curious if a home-bound person could really count much time and just how little time is allowable for an ill person? Could her laxness in submitting the slips be triggering shepherding calls of one type or another (disguised as "visits")? I hate to think the worst and/or be so negative but the seemingly nice and caring actions when compared to some of the horror stories recounted on the internet make me sceptical.
Any input and opinions are appreciated. Thanks for your time.