I was hospitalized on July 22, 2013 following several days of illness and having my temperature spike to 103. I was eventually diagnosed with West Nile Virus. This inflamed a previous undiagnosed condition called Myasthenia Gravis a rare autoimmune disorder. This lead to a life threatening crisis that included meningitis and encephalitis. The result was several weeks on life support that included tube feedings and a tracheotomy to sustain my breathing. A tumor was found in my thymus gland that required surgery. In the mean time I developed pneumonia in my left lung. Surgery on September 26th included removing the tumor, my thymus and the lower lobe of my left lung. I spent 8 weeks at Northern Colorado Rehab Hospital and finally returned to our Fort Collins home on December 10th after close to five months of hospitalization. This blog chronicles my journey from initial hospitalization to the present status of my recovery.
We have had a relaxing, unusual and enjoyable Easter Sunday. That is a string of adjectives that I have never put together for this day. With Debbie’s schedule lately we took a decidedly relaxing morning, ate coconut-pecan waffles for breakfast; we just needed the ocean and sand and we could have been in Cancun. I did watch a streamlined broadcast of the Easter Sunday service from Faith Bible Church in Arvada.
I worked several hours at my computer in my office on some personal finances. I was trying to keep up with medical expenses this year and some other bookkeeping. It looks like in the first two months of 2014 we meet our out of pocket maximums for the year. Thanks to the generosity of many friends when my illness hit these expenses were covered by our medical relief fund. Thank you again, so much!!
The news of the day though, was that I used my walker to get from the family room to my office and used my regular desk chair. I even made it back from the office to the family room!
Debbie and I enjoyed an afternoon walk, I rode my racing wheelchair and she pushed and guided along the way to help me out. After that adventure we headed to the Marconi Grill for an early evening dinner. Thank you to our friends Jon and Marcia Hume for the gift card.
BIBLE VERSE FOR TODAY…When we were baptized, we died and were buried with Christ. We were baptized, so that we would live a new life, as Christ was raised to life by the glory of God the Father. Romans 6:3 (CEV)
Newness of life is what the resurrection of Jesus is all about. On the third day He rose victorious over sin and dead. Because of His victory, we too can live a new life. A new life in this world and have the hope of eternity in heaven with Christ.
As Paul writes to the Romans he explains that baptism is a symbol of death and resurrection. Just as Christ was raised from physical death by the glory of God the Father, we are raised from spiritual death by the sacrifice of Christ on the cross and His resurrection to the glory of God the Father.
Christ did not come to just give us a higher purpose. He did not come to give us a new philosophy. He did not come just to be an example for us to follow. He came to give us a new life! That is why Paul would write to the Corinthians and say, “if you are in Christ…the old has gone and new has come…” 2 Corinthians 5:17
As I think of this newness of life on Easter 2014, I can’t help but relate it to my life and events of that past nine months. I feel like I have been given a new life in many ways. Obviously I am glad to be physically alive, enjoying my family and friends. But I am thankful the new and fresh perspective that I am learning about life,Christ and what He has for me in whatever years remain for me on this earth.
In bringing this new life Jesus turned conventional science upon its head in the miracles he performed. He baffled the scholars with the words He spoke. Consider the following and as you do, you find one who is worthy of our worship and who alone can make good on His offer of new life.
WHO IS HE?
IN CHEMISTRY, HE TURNED WATER TO WINE.
IN PHYSICS, HE DISPROVED THE LAW OF GRAVITY WHEN HE WALKED ON WATER AND THEN LATER, ASCENDED INTO HEAVEN.
IN ECONOMICS, HE DISPROVED THE LAW OF DIMINISHING RETURN BY FEEDING 5000 MEN WITH 2 FISHES & 5 LOAVES OF BREAD.
IN MEDICINE, HE CURED THE SICK AND THE BLIND WITHOUT ADMINISTERING A SINGLE DOSE OF DRUGS.
IN HISTORY, HE IS THE BEGINNING AND THE END.
IN GOVERNMENT, HE SAID THAT HE SHALL BE CALLED WONDERFUL, COUNSELOR, PRINCE OF PEACE.
IN MATTERS OF FAITH, HE SAID NO ONE COMES TO THE FATHER EXCEPT THROUGH HIM;