Monday, April 28, 2008

Last of the hundred

Saying for the Day:Why compare yourself with others? No one in the entire world can do a better job of being you than you

The last of the one hundred facts about me.
76. I made too many mistakes to count in my first parish.
77. I lasted three years.
78. God and Dr. Matson got me a call to Crystal Falls.
79. I intended to stay there four or five years.
80. I stayed as Pastor thirty five. My long range planning was never good.
81. United was like heaven. It had history without the anchor. “ We never did it that way” didn’t apply because of the merger. We were old and new at the same time.
82. I set about making the church handicapped accessible.
83. We ramped the main entrance and got rid of the steps.
84. We added a new wing to the church that allowed one to get into the fellowship hall without going up and down the stairs.
85. The new wing had an office for me and the secretary. The poor secretary had to put up with me.
86. When Peter was ten I died. An old ear infection, never really cleared went to the brain. My heart stopped.
87. They restarted it. Father Gondeck anointed me and I was rushed to Green Bay.
88. On Christmas Eve I was operated on. ( The ear not the brain)
89. The pills I took after surgery to prevent seizures left me in more of a fog than usual.
90. The doctor said that fifty per cent of the people who had what I had got seizures the other fifty per cent didn’t.
91. I quit taking the pills. I didn’t fall down.
92. At some point the community made me Citizen of the Year ( they were short good candidates that year).
93. I got elected School Board President.
94. I died again. This time they rushed me to Marquette.
95. I spent some time in a coma where I had delightful hallucinations.
96. I came out of the coma ( sort of) and found I could no longer walk.
97. They taught me to walk again. It was painful.
98. They sent me home on a ventilator and taught my wife to run it. They said I would be on it for the rest of my life ( all four experts).
99. My children talked me into going to Mayo's.
100. Mayo's took me off the ventilator. ( They had better experts)
#### News from Pigeon Falls-The little town in my basement where the trains still run, dragons fly, and life is back to normal. The children’s choir sang at Last Lutheran yesterday. Children’s singing is always beautiful but it also brings a little comic relief to the service. Yesterday Bobbie Fosco, who is a first grader, stood on one leg and twirled around while waving at his mother . He didn’t sing a note but the congregation enjoyed his performance. His mother, however, didn’t. She wished she was somewhere else.
People are getting used to being seen by the nurse practitioner or the Physician’s Assistant instead of old Doc Simpson. Pigeon Falls still hasn’t found a new Doctor willing to come an work there. Old Doc Simpson now checks on the clinic twice a week. He reviews what his assistants have done and he sees a few patients. When the others run into things outside their ability they refer them to specialists in Iron Mountain or Iron River. The system is working .
Pigeon Falls once had three Doctors. One of them with the bedside manner of Dr. House on TV. He once listed the cause of death for a lady as gross fat. But he was a great diagnostician.
Mrs. Petrovich was seen going to the clinic by one of those people who always seem to see things. The observer told Nancy that this proves Mrs. Petrovich is pregnant. Nancy said it might just prove she has the flue.
Today's Link-Iowa Grasslands- Some deep thoughts on a big truck.
It was a good day but hard breathing. I wish I knew what made one day good and another bad. Betty went to the dentist so the morning breathing treatment was late. Today I visited all my links. That's a lot of blogs. Turtles were big today. Lots of turtles. I also did a little more work on St. Mark's website. My sister Dawn called. Now I need a breathing treat,ment.
Our tulips today-


Blogger Janvangogh said...

The performances when the children's choir sings is usually the best part.

5:29 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You sure talk a lot for a dead man!

7:23 AM  
Blogger Family Man said...

Thanks for your kind words. They mean a lot. Those are some really intersting facts.

7:44 AM  
Blogger tsduff said...

Your shout-outs to other blogs is fabulous. I have found some enjoyable reading due to your endorsements, and I thank you. Being ill, and having to learn to walk again sounds so hard. I like the way you've coped.

9:37 AM  
Blogger Neoma said...

So you have died twice and been brought back. So of course the obvious question....did you see the lighted tunnel that I hear about?

I am half serious, and partly kidding, although I suppose it isn't something one should kid about, but after all you are still kicking, so you showed them Dr.'s. I often wondered about your lung condition, where it all began. I guess we all bring many things dormant with us from childhood. Most of the problems that I now have, I have been told were with me from birth, and just laid dormant. wish they could have laid dormant a few more years. haha

You often amaze me, you get so much done, and never fail to get to your blog. (Although I don't know how long it takes you to type, haha) If I didn't type fast, my blog would never get around to being done these days.

10:40 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You've done so much!

12:25 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow, you've been through a lot. Goodness gracious, someone is watching over you.

2:16 PM  
Blogger Devil Mood said...

Wow Dr. John! You're such a survivor, I had no idea, of course.

I'm glad you're here to tell us about it as I really enjoyed your honesty in this post.

3:51 PM  
Blogger Gingers Mom said...

I too would love to know of your experience, if any, while you were dead. I find that fascinating. I liked all that information about you. It's nice to learn more about you. :)

4:24 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dr. John I'm glad you're not dead any more. We enjoy having you at St. Mark's. :) I like it when you read my blog and leave comments. God Bless You.

5:51 PM  
Blogger jmb said...

I am amazed that you came up with 100 things about yourself Dr John. It would take me weeks and weeks because I would keep changing them.

Luckily you were seen by the better experts since being on a vent is no fun. Despite breathing problems being a devil you are hanging in there.

I was laughing, sorry, about your internet service problems and not being able to phone because they provide that too.
We get blackouts where I live, especially during winter, when some tree falls on the line and then the electricity goes out so no computer. So I will not be getting VOIP service but sticking to the old landline.

7:24 PM  
Blogger Voegtli said...

About your # 80: Maybe you are not good in planning. But perhaps He had his hand in this too?

7:51 PM  
Blogger Jo said...

Dr. John, you are amazing. You're so multifaceted. I had no idea you had died twice. I think you are meant to stick around for a good deal longer yet!

10:21 PM  
Blogger Russell said...

Dr John... Thank you for making me your link of the day! My goodness! I enjoyed reading about you and find your comments very interesting and humorous!

The tulips look nice. Here in central Iowa we are just beginning to see them. It has been unusually cold and wet this spring. This morning the temp is in the low 30s out here!!

That big truck is a little embarassing now that I no longer have the horse trailer! And with the price of gas, well, it is not driven very often!! I am hoping to find a good, new home for it this summer....!!!

Take care and thanks again for the kind mention.

Russ Holmes / Des Moines, Iowa, area.

3:09 AM  
Blogger MedStudentWife said...

You've have quite a life!!!

Many would be "down" with what you have gone through, yet I find you inspiring and very up lifting.

Thank you for sharing the 100 "things about yourself"

The tulips here in Paradise are coming out.. our tulip festival starts Friday

6:52 PM  

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