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A long week made better

On December 30th I awoke with the realization that my sight in my right eye was not quite as it had been, and having already had a detached retina decided to get to the eye doctor….what insued was a very long and painful day!

First I went to Sunnybrook Hospital…spent 30 minutes at the eye clinic then was sent to emergency….where I spent about 5 hours….then I was sent back to the eye clinic to sit for another 90 minutes…then after being seen was sent to St. Mike’s downtown (as there were no surgeons at Sunnybrook due to the holidays) !

Some work on my eye was done that night I arrived home about 11 pm to sit/lay with my head facing down until 2 am when I was allowed to turn my head as to lay on my left side.

I was so sore and tired by the time that was over I thought I would sleep for a week…but no back to the hospital for them to check out how I was doing….

Can I say I think we should avoid hospitals!

On the good news side I can see and the retina is securely reattached.

What made my week however was a call from PHIL to say he and CARLYLE were coming to visit – to cheer me up and help me get better.  What a great week it has been with them around the house. We’ve had some great chats, had opportunity to see some family – been able to just relax together – been able to pull out some toys stored downstairs that belonged to Phil when he was little – and as Phil says, we’ve had a bit of down memory lane as we’ve played with Carlyle.

If only Amanda could have joined them – that would have made it perfect…but she’s just gone back to work so couldn’t fly down.  But we’ll have another chance!

So in this week….

Some lessons learned?  Of course – go to the doctor as soon as you sense something is not right – don’t hesitate.  Don’t get sick over the holidays….that’s a big one. And if you have to recuperate at home having a 2 year old granddaughter nearby is a sure fire way to get back on your feet with joy!

I’m back at it…and loving the thought of good health.


Are you okay?

The question put to Wendy and I today was “are you guys okay?”.  I wondered silently as I smiled and said “yes we are”…was it something we said, was it what we didn’t say, was it that we have kids living a different ends of the country, was it that we work at THQ?  It might be the latter I suppose.

So let me put your worry to rest.  (You are worried aren’t you?)

There are many things we enjoy about being where we are at this point in our lives.  And of course we are near other family members – many of whom we have been away from for a number of years.  Would we like to be closer to our kids?  Of course, and maybe one day we will be.  But for now we are enjoying our place in life.

How about you?

Part of our ability to rest in our circumstance is due to our theology.  That is quite different from a philosophy of life though theology certainly speaks to that.  We believe that God has a plan for our life.  And as we’ve trusted our present (as well as our future) into God’s hands we believe that He is directing our place in life.

Here’s a verse that we often revisit: “For I know the plans<span class="crossreference" style="background-color: white; font-size: 0.65em; vertical-align: top;" value="(A)”> I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper<span class="crossreference" style="background-color: white; font-size: 0.65em; vertical-align: top;" value="(B)”> you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”

Ottawa Health Institute

Self portrait

The past few days we’ve been in Ottawa at the Heart Institute visiting Wendy’s Mom who has been admitted following tests to identify a serious issue for those of you in the know.  The surgeon seems confident that the surgery will restore her to better health but informed us that she has had this for some time – maybe even soon after her heart surgery in 2001.

Our bodies are amazing – the integrated systems balanced to maintain health are a wonder of God’s design.  Modern medicine too is amazing in its ability to correct and aid the bodies own system of repair.

The Heart Institute staff have been great – very caring and professional.  Her surgery isn’t going to happen until July so in the meantime we covet your prayers!

In the meantime she had a visit from Senator Dr. Keon came around to visit Ruth – and was looking into her case.  Her attending surgeon will be Dr. Ruel.  A talented surgeon and a pianst too!