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What’s going on

Not a question, as in Marvin Gaye’s great song but more of what has been happening in my world lately.

My dad gave us a scare. He got dehydrated and had to be taken to the ER. The radiation he had made it very painful for him to swallow so he wasn’t always taking his meds. The doctors were able to insert a pic line so they could hydrate him as well as a feeding tube so he could get some nourishment. The anti-biotics they have him on as well as getting food have started having positive effects. He has started participating in his PT and is also coming around mentally. Thank you all who have been praying for him. It is working and he has a long way to go in his recovery so please keep him before the Lord.

I have been pretty busy myself. I started teaching myself the Perl programming language and I think I overloaded my brain. I am almost certain there was smoke coming from my ears. I set up an account of Facebook and have been able to get in touch with some old friends. Tomorrow I am taking my Father-in-law golfing because I will be down helping out with my Dad next weekend when his birthday rolls around. I have also been thinking a lot about what Cornerstone needs to do to start growing more in worship. I think we are being called to step out of our comfort zones and see where God leads us.

PS- I got the book for my next class, it is CSI135. UNIX/Linux with some scripting thrown in. The book is “A Practical guide to Ubuntu Linux” I really would have thought that they would have used more of a Server Class OS like RHEL/CentOS, SLES, Open Solaris or maybe even BSD. The class will be pretty easy except for the scripting. Everything else in the book I do on a daily basis.

PPS- I have to go rest up for golf tomorrow. I will post again soon.

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Dad part 5

Latest update on my Dad-

Praying Friends,
Dad finally got the path report on his tumor today, which praise the Lord was graded as a low grade tumor. He met with the Oncologist this morning and another MRI was ordered to verify the results of the surgery and then completely plan the rest of his treatment. They said that the MRI would show better detail than the post surgery CAT scan. He really likes the Oncologist and felt that they were much more informative and helpful than the Neurologist. He has had some nerve related problems since the 2 seizures. He is going to get some physical therapy to address them. (they are problems with swallowing and tingling and weakness in his left limbs) He will start radiation after his MRI and the oncologist said depending on the result they might give his radiation with a pill of some kind to intensify the effect where it is needed.

He was able to go to church yesterday morning. He was a bit tired but really was glad he was able to go.

I would ask that you would continue to uphold him in your prayers. Specifically, that his treatments would be effective, he would regain his energy level and that the PT would help him with his neurological problems he is having, and that their transportation needs would continue to be met. Praise the Lord for good news and also for the way He has provided during this whole situation. It is beyond sweet to have a Rock to stand on.

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Happy Birthday to me! or Dad part4

So here I am another year older. I did get my birthday wish this year. Check out this email from my brother-

I wanted to get the word out to all about Dad’s surgery today. This might be review for some of whom I have talked to on the phone.

The Tumor was removed in total today. It was about the size they predicted. We will know on Friday what the pathology is. We are hoping for a grade 1 or 2 versus a grade 3 or 4. The after care is at least some radiation treatment. If the tumor is a grade 3 or 4 he will have to undergo Radiation and Chemo treatments.

This afternoon Dad was coming out of the anesthesiology and was getting back to poking fun at people as he always does, so we know that he is feeling much better. He had a bit of a headache. He said that they used an electric bone saw to cut out the piece of skull for access. I asked him if it was a Dewault or a no name. He chuckled a bit about that. He has 4 little bandaids to cover the screw holes they used for the Halo they used to support his head in the operation. He has another line of incision where they accessed his skull. All in all a very neat operation. He will remain in ICU this evening and then tomorrow they expect to get him up and around, and hopefully downgrade his room. The Dr expected his stay to be only a few days.

I am sure he will be able to have other visitors tomorrow.

It has really been a blessing to be here. My parents’ church family are so genuine and caring. We had 2 come stay with us before the surgery (6:30 this morning) and pray with us as well. Also the many that have come over to visit and called to commit their prayer support for Dads situation. It is really evident that God is in control of the situation here and meeting every need. My Dad has been at peace with all that has happened and I know without a doubt that he relies on God for his every need. It’s refreshing to see God’s hand move.

It’s a sweet hospital. The hospitals Chaplain lead a prayer for the whole Hospital first thing this morning over the intercom. I don’t thank that would happen very many places any more.

I thank each of your for your prayers and ask for continued prayers for the results of the pathology and continuing care for my Dad. Also please say a prayer for the gentleman in the room next to Dad’s. He was in an automobile accident and is in really bad shape. I don’t know his name, but his family (all 30 or 40 of them) are there and praying for him.

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Dad part3

Surgery is at 7AM.  My brother said the doctors don’t have to cut into the gray stuff so that is a blessing.  As tomorrow is my 38th birthday, my wish is for the doctors to be able to remove the tumor and have my dad back to full health.

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Dad part2

Dad is having another MRI tomorrow. Hopefully they will be able to discover the full extent of the tumor and then on Tuesday, they will be doing the biopsy and possibly removing the tumor. After the surgery he will spend the next 24 hours in ICU. Keep up the prayers! We really appreciate them.

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