A MEDICAL UPDATE
|Church of the Way farer Carmel California February 2011|
Bob evinces a sense of life that is full of strength, focus, faith and drive.
The back story-Bob is a friend. He and I worked together as a morning radio team. He was an extraordinary and facile "talent" capable of impression humor in one moment and a thoughtful interview in the next. Later he teamed with one of America's premiere racing broadcasters and did distinguished work covering hydroplane racing, an exotic blend of water, speed, technology and chance. He's been a college football radio man and producer. He is now a combination hawk and fighter pilot, representing an agency and specializing in health care. He works to establish messages of hope and help to those with grave illness. That may be his paying job. What fuels him, and what he does, is centered in his faith. His faith also girds him in his battle with leukemia.
With his approval, I'm presenting some of his eloquent sensitivity.
A PRE CHRISTMAS E-MAIL
Sent: Mon, Dec 20, 2010 11:19 pm
Subject: Winter Morning
I look out from the top floor of a hotel near downtown Rochester, MN. A
Christmas tree softly glows with tiny blue lights in the window of a
nearby brownstone apartment building. The streets are snow packed and
treacherous. A solitary figure, dressed in heavy clothing against the
cold, walks stiff legged down the middle of a side street. He is bent
forward under the weight of a heavy backpack, as he heads to begin his
shift at St. Mary's Hospital. The sky is soft and hazy. Amber street
lights turn high thick clouds and snowy ground a pale shade of orange.
In the distance, a snow plow scrapes, roars and beeps.
This city may be slightly slowed, but seldom stopped. Thousands will
seek relief today at Mayo's clinic and hospitals. Thousands more will
fill the tech needs of a nation and world at the massive IBM complex in
its northern suburb.
Healthcare. Communication. Neither can afford a winter's slumber. Both
deal in pulses; the human heart; speeding electrons. Both must be
accessible, regardless of conditions at this crossroads of longitude and
Isn't it interesting how, as we mature, we become more dependent on
A MEDICAL UPDATE
Chemo last week was successful. Leukemia was, again, blasted into
submission. The heavy steroids and non-toxic treatments effectively
removed the excess white blood cells and stopped my system from
producing more. Unfortunately I developed serious dehydration, Sunday
night into Monday. We'll leave that process to your imagination. Diane
took me to the local hospital on Monday, where I spent 48 hours
receiving IV fluids and two blood transfusions. This was not a
particularly pleasing situation, but nowhere near what some others I
know are dealing with. Am home now and coping with the steroid flashes,
disorientation and attitude. Diane has been wonderful, although I am
sure I try her patience. The goal is to get my head and system clear for
a business trip next week, then return to Mayo on Wednesday for a
Subject: Quick Update
This morning's labs were the best in months. Blood counts rapidly trending positive. Praise Jesus for prayers continually answered. Next steps: 1) getting back my voice; 2) relief from the "stoned" feeling. Getting on an airplane Monday morning. Amazing, simply amazing, considering Diane took me to the ER four days ago.
Never give up,
As you read this, Bob is back at being a road warrior. Stay tuned.
A couple of shots to demonstrate that when bad weather threatens, as it did over the weekend, birds know to flock together.
For the last 4 years, wild turkeys begin parading through our neighborhood at Thanksgiving time. They are regular walkers until the end of the rainy season when they disappear to elsewhere. As our rain and small pellet hail storm fell this weekend, this crowd hung together and loudly.
Others went for the lines,
though no less nosily.
THE BLOOMS CONTINUE TO COME
This small ice plant bloom is just beginning to paint the area with its vitality.
A larger variety of ice plant is also beginning its magic show
The African Daisies seem to love this winter climate.
And compared to all of those mid-west winters of the past
so do we.
See you down the trail.