Monday, November 16, 2009

Rambling thoughts

Today's Saying

Everyone who is born holds dual citizenship, in the kingdom of the well and in the kingdom of the sick. Although we all prefer to use only the good passport, sooner or later each of us is obliged, at least for a spell, to identify ourselves as citizens of that other place. ~Susan Sontag,

Monday is a good day to just pour out some rambling thoughts.

Rambling thought one.
I went to see my lung specialist last Wednesday and got the bad news I was anticipating. My lungs are deteriorating at a much faster rate than we had originally expected. They now have half of the capacity they had six months ago. We are trying some new powerful medicine to see if we can slow down or stop the deterioration.

Rambling thought two.
If we can’t slow down the rate. Very shortly we will close up the dragon’s blog and ask them to leave. They get on my nerves.
Shortly after that I will quit doing both Quilly and Raven’s words.
Then I will ask Thom to take over Portrait of Words.
I will try to keep up Pigeon Falls until January. Then it may slide into the mist from which it came so long ago.
I will be doing less visiting of other blogs.

Rambling thought three
I don’t want you to think I’m whining. A little over four years ago my family gathered in Marquette waiting for me to die. Since then I have had four very wonderful years for which I am very thankful. This blog and all the bloggers I have met through it have added much to that time.

Rambling Thought Four
I will begin identifying my auto-posts with this symbol.
Chief Ican and Eugene went up the trail to the old lady/gypsy’s house this morning. The group is hopeful that they will be back tomorrow with good news. They even dare to hope that sometime this week they will be back in 2009.
Henri Yelland returned this morning on the milk train. He went to Marquette because he wanted to meet his great great grandfather , Richard Yelland. He had known that he probably shouldn’t do it but he had heard the family stories and seen the couple of grainy pictures they had of him and he just wanted to meet him. Henri had a good cover story. Richard’s older brother Alfred Yelland had settled in New York and had a son about his age named Henri. He would claim to be that Henri coming for a visit. He was sure he knew enough of the family history to pull it off.
And the visit went very well. He saw the great mine where his great great grandfather was a shift boss and the boarding house his great great grandmother ran. He met his great grandfather who was four and spent some time playing with him. They were wonderful, kind people.
Much too soon he found himself on the train back to Pigeon Falls. It was then that he remembered visiting his great grandfather in the hospital as he was dying. His great grandfather looked at him and said “ I remember your playing with me when I was just a little kid. “
At that time he thought the remark made no sense but now?


Blogger Nessa said...

I will be praying for you.

I want you to know now that I am so glad I met you. Your sensible wisdom, your fun and silly ways and your great stories have been very real blessings to me. Thank-you.

Mnday's MeMe - One is not like the Others

4:12 AM  
Blogger Diana said...

I will be sending healing prayers your way Dr. John. I know you are in good hands. Keep the spirit up!
Love Di

4:56 AM  
Blogger Russell said...

So many thoughts cross my mind. All of them are trite but I think true. (Perhaps that is why they are considered trite!)

First, it is the quality of life -not the quantity - that is most important. Though I confess all of us would like a lot of both.

My take from what little I know of you is that you have had a very high quality of life. You have had many adventures and then settled into a nice lifestyle as reflected by your family.

Having a family who cares aboutyou and who you care about is worth its weight in gold - more, actually.

Second, the experts play percentages. I have known too many people who were told to get their affairs in order because they only had a short time to live -- and I still meet them at the coffee shop or get Christmas cards from them!

One man I know especially well was told to go home and that the Mayo Clinic and other places could do nothing more for him. He was told he had less than one year to live.

That man is still alive today and even working off and on. He was given his bad news about 12 years ago.

But, yes, we have to be realistic. That is prudent. But on the other hand, a lot of people in this world prove the doctor's prediction wrong.

My prayers for you will be that you enjoy a quality life in your days ahead, that you enjoy your family every day and that you realize your life has made a difference for many people -- including mine.

Take care.

6:07 AM  
Blogger PS (PSanafter-thought) said...

(((Dr. J))))

6:17 AM  
Blogger Melli said...

I have absolutely no idea why God sent you to me and made me LOVE such a grumpy old curmudgeon as yourself the way I do... but right now I am feeling sO jipped to be SO far away. And even though I know that THIS is what my trip to Wisconsin was about... and we did it right - it was just what it was supposed to be... but now I want another one. I don't deserve another one. Lots of people never even got one. But I'm selfish and now I want two.

I just love you. That's all. I just love you.

6:28 AM  
Blogger hope said...

I'll keep you in my thoughts and prayers.

And you please keep Sir Laughsalot going as long as possible. Wouldn't be the same on Friday's without that group. :)

6:41 AM  
Blogger DawnTreader said...

Sad to hear about your bad news. Sending thoughts and prayers that you will be able to find a level of blog-and-other activities that will keep your spirit up without being too exhausting! /Monica

9:18 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This brought tears to my eyes. Although I have never met you in person, it feels as if I have known you all my life. Dr. John I hope that you will keep thinking positive always. I so believe in the power of positive thinking. It so helps. I will keep you more in my thoughts than I ever have and send you all the sunshine and aloha that I can.

The main thing is that you take care of yourself. You are one terrific man and I'm honored and very humbled to have you a part of my life as well.

I so hope the new meds work. I'm probably going to ask something stupid but is there any possibility of a lung transplant? I just don't want to see any doors closed to you.

My love to you my friend. :)

9:46 AM  
Blogger carma said...

Sorry to hear this :-( Miracles happen, hopefully with the new medication.

10:15 AM  
Blogger Family Man said...

Dr J:
I truly believe we came across each each others blogs for a reason, one which has probably been more a benefit to me, than to you. To have a man of faith, and conviction provide me words of kindness and support throughout some of the darkness over the last almost two years, has been of more help to me than i could ever express in words. You will be in my thoughts and prayers, and i will hope for many more entries at Dr. Johns Fortress.

You are a truly compassionate person, and no matter what else you have made a large impact in my life.

10:45 AM  
Blogger Akelamalu said...

I'm sorry to hear your doctor had bad news for you Dr. John. Hopefully the new medicine will make a big difference. I would miss the Dragons and I would miss you even more if you stopped blogging.

You are in my prayers and I'm sending positive thoughts and oodles of Reiki to you m'dear. x

11:14 AM  
Blogger Bill ~ {The Old Fart} said...

Prayers being sent for you Dr John, I am so saddened to read this. We have never met, but I have come to think of you as a friend. You stop by when you can and give your support when it is needed, or just to say hi when everything it going well. I pray that you will be here for a long time, and that someday we may meet and watch that train together.

Blessings my Friend, asking God's Angels to come and keep you safe.

11:44 AM  
Blogger Trudy said...

Sorry to learn of your bad news at the doctor. I will certainly keep you in my prayers Dr. John! Hoping your new medicine is a great help for you too.

1:15 PM  
Anonymous quilly said...

Dr. John,

You are a big part of my daily life. When God says your physical work here is through, your spiritual work will live on. You have made a significant impact on my spiritual journey and you are a wonderful pastor and friend. Knowing you has enriched me, and hopefully helped me to enrich others.

You and your family are in my heart and prayers.

1:22 PM  
Blogger Dulce said...

Oh My Knight be brave be strong and especially be patient.. will you?
We love You and pray so that everything will be fine and back to normal again.

1:28 PM  
Blogger Lou said...

Dr John, I will keep reading as long as you write. There has been something honest and forthright here that draws me back.

Take care of yourself first. I hope the dragons are safe from meddling humans where ever they go.

1:33 PM  
Blogger Sue said...

It's clear by the comments above that we all love you and are glad you've shared your thought with us. I hope to enjoy your post for years to come but you come first. Take care of yourself! You will be in my thoughts and prayers.

May the Lord Bless you and all your family.

4:13 PM  
Anonymous Alice Audrey said...

Amazing how little things can make sense much later, and not just for Henri.

7:12 PM  
Blogger Lori's Minute said...

I hope the medicine works and I will say and extra loud prayer tonight.

7:32 PM  
Blogger anthonynorth said...

Sorry to hear of your deterioration, but from the short time I've known you, I know you're a fighter. I'll be visiting for a long time yet.

1:40 AM  
Anonymous Brighid said...

Being so new to your blog I just wanted to say I wish you well. Now I must go and read old posts to catch up. Sending a warm hug.

1:52 PM  

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