Wednesday, September 30, 2015

"A bee is never as busy as it seems; it’s just that it can’t buzz any slower." ~ Frank ‘Kin’ Hubbard (1868 – 1930) cartoonist, humorist & journalist

It's Wednesday, the last day and 30th of September here in the year of 2015. Hello friends and neighbors. It's mighty fine to meet up with you today here at the ole electronic blogger barn. I think it best we take a brief time out and sit back and reflect on all that stuff passing before us. Yep. It's called life. Notice how I got that on the first try. We've seen it pass through and it was in somewhat of a hurry this week. Mostly a blur. The wife's sister, Dorothy, had one of those TIA's last week. (Transient Ischemic Attack) That's a stroke like event where the blood flow is temporarily blocked. She was in Louisiana so the wife got there as quickly as she could. Blessed be the Lord God in heaven it reversed itself and after a whole bunch of tests she was released from the hospital. The wife brought her to our home to recuperate. On Monday the wife had a heart work up scheduled but Dorothy woke up with her blood pressure out of control again. Off to the emergency room for her. We cancelled one test for the wife but the radiology and stress test for the afternoon could not be cancelled. We scrambled. A dear lady from our Church came and sat with Dorothy while I carried the wife for her 4 hour testing procedure. They found the problem with Dorothy and with some correction to her medicine regimen she came out feeling like she did before all of this happened last week. We will know the results from the wife's testing when she meets with her cardiologist soon. Thanks for all the prayers. Thanks for those who came to our aid including Sister Betty and our son Chris. Us older folks can still walk and chew gum at the same time. That may be what I felt on the bottom of my shoe.

Being at a busy ER and then later at the huge medical center is quite an experience. You do see some sights. Many of them are gut wrenching and others tug at one's heart. There are some seriously ill folks in this old world. There's many who are seriously impaired and disabled as well. And, they are there by the thousands. I was telling the wife how that when I was just a little fellow we had the one doctor in our little town. And, yes, he did make house calls. That was just about it for most of the care that people got including baby delivery and most other things requiring his attention. If it was a more serious issue there was a hospital and other doctors available about 25 miles away. As I grew up he retired and we began going to the other doctors. That transition brought more visits. Not very many but more. Fast forward to today and the doors are constantly opening and closing. It begs the question. What came first? The care available or the need for that care. One couple were so precious. Both very advanced in years, he wheeled in his wife who obviously had previously suffered a stroke that left her partially incapacitated. He was bent over himself and he had a noticeable limp. He got her checked in and then came and sat and comforted her by speaking to her like she was a beautiful princess. Love wins again. I think true love always does. That may even be in the Bible.

The blog attached to the email I sent out yesterday had as it's title a quip from the famous Will Rogers, "The older we get, the fewer things seem worth waiting in line for." How true that is. Our appreciation for value and worth becomes less focused on things with more concern for others, those we love and care about, and an appreciation for the time we have been granted. And, we also see the power to keep on keeping on that comes only in and through the life we have in Christ. That Monday melt down day did yield some great fruit. We got Dorothy's situation somewhat squared away. We got the wife's testing completed. And, we all got ourselves a really good night's sleep. I think they sometimes refer to it as 'we died to the world'. Okay. Maybe that's real colloquial because most of my searches on that phrase were talking about people who became a monk or it was a reference to various Scriptures that talk about our new life in Christ. Well, where I came from, when someone falls asleep immediately and stays asleep throughout the night, well, it was said they had died to the world. Now you know. Maybe I've learned something today. One thing we all can agree on as life continues. We need the Lord, period, end of story. Amen. .....More later.

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