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Thursday, April 5, 2001
Well, so much for working on my procrastination. It has been two months since my last update, unfortunately. I have heard from so many of you wondering when the next update is going to occur that I can't help but feel very guilty. Please accept my apologies on this. School heated up as did therapy these last few weeks. . . More on that in a minute.

For the most part my health has been very good these last two months. We did experience one scare when my bladder back showed quite a bit of blood in it one night. We decided that I would drink a lot of water and see what happened. By the next day and up until today, no more blood. Thank the Lord.

We had quite a time with therapy in the last few months. Jill and I have been determined to get me a wheelchair that would allow me to stand up. The benefits of standing are many; so, the standing wheelchair was a no-brainer to us. Our therapist did not agree. In fact they strongly opposed me getting that wheelchair. Ultimately we had to plead our case with our doctor. After a long road and a few heated discussions we did indeed get a prescription for the chair. I am pleased to say that I have the chair as a rental already and I'm enjoying standing every other day. We are no longer in therapy at TIRR, so we take care of it at our house. Jill is a great therapist!

School is in full swing. I have a stack of books over a foot tall that I have been responsible to read in five weeks. Luckily I had taken most of these classes last year. So much of it is a review. One of my professors is even going to let me skip out of the midterm. I made a B on the midterm last year and I decided to let that grade stand. I am on a team with 5 great guys and think I will learn a lot from them and school. School is every other Friday and Saturday all day. I am embarrassed to say that I've had to take naps during the day to get through the classes. My medicine started to give me a hard time. I hope things do not continue like this the rest of the year.

This update marks a milestone for me as I have dictated the entire thing using my voice recognition software. The software rarely gets a sentence correct so I have to go back and fix every fifth word or so. But hey, it's a start.

Please do not stop praying for us. My health could turn south overnight so we need your prayers. Take care.

Ephesians 5:25 – “Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself for her.”

From Our Daily Bread: The marriage bond that joins two hearts
No power on earth can break
If they secure that bond with prayer
And of Christ’s love partake.


Sunday, April 29

I can't lie, I didn’t feel nostalgic as I sat at the kitchen table watching the boats go by today. In case you haven't guessed it today, April 29, 2001 marks the one-year anniversary of my accident. I often thought that I would have a party or celebrate in some kind of way this milestone. What I did instead was just take it easy and watch the festivities taking place on the lake. For the first time since the accident I felt the extreme yearning to be out there with them. Oh well, it is not to be this day. Once again, other than a few episodes, my health has been pretty good.

On Wednesday of this week Jill flew to Florida for her job. She was gone until Thursday night. Thankfully, my mom was able to stay those two days with me to keep me company. Dean came over and moved me in and out of the bed on Wednesday and Mac Ivy came over Thursday morning and did the same. Unfortunately, I still need round-the-clock help. The reason that I’m sharing this with you guys is to help keep things in perspective. For all of my getting better, I'm still totally dependent on Jill or others for help. This is why I still need your prayers.

A little more news on the wheelchair front. . . My insurance denied the wheelchair! Can you believe the problems that we’re having with this wheelchair? Well, Jill made some phone calls, and a few e-mails, and ultimately got the wheelchair approved. I hope that we never have to go through this again. School is still going well. In fact, I only have one more class in this module. That will mark the end of the second module. There are five modules total; ending on December 9th. With some hard work and any luck, I think I am looking at an A and a B in these two courses. Stay tuned and I will let you know. Well, that will do it for this update. I hope you noticed that it's been less than a month since my last update. That's a bit of an improvement over last time. Unless something extremely bad or good happens I’m planning to update this page about once a month. Feel free to e-mail me!

The prayer of Jabez: 1 Chronicles 4:9-10 – “Now Jabez was more honorable than his brothers, and his mother called his name Jabez, saying, “Because I bore him in pain.” And Jabez called on the God of Israel saying, “Oh, that You would bless me indeed, and enlarge my territory, that Your hand would be with me, and that You would keep me from evil, that I may not cause pain!” So God granted him what he requested.”