God bless you.
I've just finished the worst vacation of my life with my wife Joyce because I was in
almost constant back pain that kept me from standing or walking for more than a minute
at a time.
But thanks to Thursday's approval by my cardiologist, Dr. Allen Anderson of the
University of Chicago Medical Center, I have been cleared to go through with my
back surgery (a lumbar laminectomy) on Monday morning at the University of Chicago
Medical Center, where Dr. Frederick Brown with perform the operation.
Because of my high risk as an end-staged congestive heart failure patient, who is
also fighting prostate cancer, I had to get an OK from Dr. Allen. His examination of me
on Thursday yielded two pieces of good news:
1. Dr. Allen examined me and concluded that my heart is strong enough to undergo
the operation, which will be done under general anesthesia. But he suggests that I remain
a couple of days afterward so that the UCMC medical staff can make sure there are no
immediate cardiac complications, or any complications for that matter. Upon recovery,
the next move probably will be the implantation of a heart pump, most likely the
2. My PSA, a barometer of prostate cancer, is now at a fantastic low of .83. We
discovered this from the blood test that Dr. Anderson ordered. All other vitals are
also good. But this is the first time I can ever remember having a PSA under 1.0. This
means my prostate cancer continues in remission and is progressively dissolving.
Thank you, Jesus!!!
Yes, with my brain tumor being healed and declared benign 15 months ago, my
prostate cancer is also being healed, but more slowly.
Now, to get my back straight so that I can stand, walk and exercise better
and strengthen my diseased heart. With so many things wrong with me medically, I just
wanted to get at least one more vacation out of the way before my next rounds of
surgeries because one never knows the exact outcome.
Anyway, who schedules a vacation to undergo surgery or to recover from sickness?
Thank God for a union and a labor contract that provides for workers to take sick leaves
and not be punished for being sick or for seeking and receiving treatment.
Still, the last place one wants to suffer pain is on a vacation with a loved one in a
beautiful setting. Joyce, my wife of 41 years, and I spent five days in resplendent
Vancouver, overlooking its panoramic harbor, and 11 days in sun-splashed Orlando. But I
was refined to either sitting or lying down most of the time.
When we went grocery shopping, I rode the electric wheel chair, which made me feel
ashamed as I rode while my darling wife walked. I didn't feel like a man even through
people flashed smiles of compassion at me, assuring me that they understood my
So now it's on to my back surgery. I thank you for your continued prayers in
advance. But thank God, I not only have you praying for me, which is great. I have my
own prayer telephone in my bosom. And I am using it to pray for myself, too.
God bless you.