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4 posts from March 2013

My two-year-old grandson in Bosnia finds gold with his basketball bracket choices

I love watching this video of my son-in-law and grandson work through his basketball bracket choices. He's two-years-old and probably has a basic understanding of the NCAA tournament.

Nevertheless, the two of them took time while sitting on their couch in Bosnia to sitdown and go through each slot on the bracket.  My son-in-law presents two choices and my grandson picks one.

The cool thing is that my son-in-law asks his son's opinion on each one.  They are having fun and are doing it together.  My son-in-law is giving him something more valuable than gold bars.  Big time deposits are being made in his account where he knows that he's important to his dad.  The fruit of that will continue being harvested year-after-year.

This video gives you a taste of that experience.

Xavier and adam
My grandson and his dad are ready for the NCAA tournament.



My notes from a week after my retina detachment surgery

It's been a few days more than a week since I had my retina detachment surgery at Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak and today was my first major field trip.  What did we do?  We went to church and then to Culvers for lunch and then home.

Since the surgery, I've been limited to laying on my left side on the couch and while sleeping.  I was given the green light to get up for ten minutes out of every hour.  On Friday, my ophthalmologist gave me the go-ahead to sit-up, but still sleep on my left slide.


Palm Sunday at Ada Bible Church.
This was taken at church this morning with my iPhone. It was Palm Sunday and crowded.


What kept me sane during that time?  My wife for sure.  She's always encouraging and looking forward, but has the eyes of a cop.  She had a sense for whenever I shifted to the wrong position.

My MacBook Pro and my iPad also helped greatly.  Some mornings I woke up pretty early and I'd listen to devotions on the Our Daily Bread mobile app.  It's a few Bible verses with a story or illustration used to make a point.  I was motivated to play each devo several times along with the verses with the goal of seeing what I could take from it.

I would listen to their Bible study discussion called Discover The Word.  I listened to each day's programs for the month of February and March.  I would usually include a video from their Day of Discovery.  What great stuff.


My granddaughter's first oatmeal.
We got to see our granddaughter take her first bite of oatmeal in Bosnia where she and her family live.


On the secular side, I watched a screencast I subscribe to Screencast Online which provides tons of useful info about the Mac and its software.

I have more ophthalmologist's appointments for this week.  I feel like I'm getting better.  I hope that my eye verifies that.

That's the short version.  I will try to publish more bits and pieces as I walk through this experience.

How resilient will I be in bouncing back from a detached retina?


Super-wife is really helping me move through this.


Sitting on the throne this morning waiting for the doctor.

 Anybody who has followed the saga of my right eye on this blog will know the difficulties I've had during the past month where the lens came completely loose from its moorings and fell to the bottom of the eye cavity.

It has been a long month.  My wife and I were regulars at my ophthalmologist who I'd see as often as daily and occasionally I'd see somebody with even more specialized credentials.  

I went through long bouts of really poor sight and pain where I felt like demons were behind my eye shooting mini spear guns.  And all the time I took a variety of eye drops and other eye meds.

Yesterday, my cornea specialist was ready to sign off on me because of progress with my vision and with my pain.  I was ready to dance and sign going down the street in our neighborhood.  This chapter seemed to be coming to a conclusing.

Then I went to my retina specialst who said I had retinal detachment in my right eye and needed to be taken care off right away as in tomorrow.  As I was trying to work my way through the shock, I heard the word air bubble and that they would put one permanently in my troubled eye.

The recovery period can be long and it sounds uncomfortable.

But, my thoughts keep going back to a sermon series that we had at Ada Bible Church on The Resilient Life where lessons from the Bible were studied on how to deal with times in life when you get slapped down.  How do you get back up?  What do you do with you situation?  How can I use it?  Can I get back up?

I'm trusting that God has a plan with this and that I will resume my platform here in the near future. 

My wife can blow snow with the best using our Honda HS520AS

It was snowing hard in our part of the city of Lansing and it was accumulating on the sidewalks. Because of some pretty extensive eye surgery that I had in mid-February, I couldn't use our fairly new snowblower.  So, my wife did it, with a minimum of instruction.

After starting it with the electric starter she was off.  She cleaned our sidewalk of several inches and also got our neighbors to the north and south.  Wow.  She had never touched a snowblower before. Sidewalk looked beautiful.

I did stick my head out the door a couple of times to get some pictures.



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