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The racket!

Clearly I’m not new to this racket. My diabetic loved-ones have been dealing with it much longer than I. 

But what the heck!

Those dadgum test strips are a racket! I think I’m in the wrong business. 

For those who don’t know, one of my meds makes me temporarily diabetic. So I had to pick up a monitor, test strips, and a bunch of the insulin pens. Normally, it’d just be another med I gotta endure. But this crap I gotta check numerous times a day, so those strips add up!

Those little strips of paper/plastic are actually somewhat expensive. 

** This is mostly just a rant. **

Health update

So today’s follow up appt at UCLA was for last week’s GVHD scare. Today they found an elevated liver enzyme, so I had more blood drawn and an ultrasound of my liver.

It took a while, but finally they sent me home. No new precautions for now, other than giving beer a rest.

I’m not too worried, because all of my other labs were fine.

I’m back on Friday!

Yeah for our commute-to-UCLA-budget!

—-Update—-
So the ultrasound results are normal. Nothing to worry about there. The extra blood labs will come back later this week or early next week.

I should blog more

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I used to blog more. But then Twitter, Facebook, and Google+ came along. Now I write all my unnecessary opinions over there.

I still have plenty to say, I just loose the clarity of an idea, by summarizing it for a brief social media post.

So, I guess I’ll start blogging more.

Of what topics do you want me to write?

Fill the void

“Remember your leaders, those who spoke to you the word of God. Consider the outcome of their way of life, and imitate their faith.” Hebrews 13:7 (ESV)

As I reflect on the loss we experience in life, I’m interested in the generational loss. If the Lord had taken me, or still wills it sooner than later, there will be an unavoidable void. It cannot be overlooked. Yet, I praise the Lord that He will provide.

With all the activity happening in our community and around the world, I’m seeking to engage where it matters. I’m passionate about it all, but can’t let myself jump into every issue. I will fail, and get distracted. Forgive me.

I DO however, really want to engage the issues that matter. Those issues that have eternal impact. My filters must depend on the Holy Spirit for that to happen. It’s only then that I believe I can fulfill my role right now.

“Let the one who is taught the word share all good things with the one who teaches.” Galatians 6:6 (ESV)

You see, as the mature veterans in our communities move on, some retiring away, but most passing on from this life, we’re faced with the reality that they create a void. We miss them. We need them.

“Not many of you should become teachers, my brothers, for you know that we who teach will be judged with greater strictness.” James 3:1 (ESV)

We could choose to turn into ourselves, become depressed, and make it about “me”. That is failure. That is selfish. Yet the maturing, those aware of the void, and aware of the need, will embrace the truth that those voids are meant to be filled! They’re meant to be filled by us! We grow into those roles, to care for the next generation. It’s our responsibility to let the Lord mature us into that new generation of elders.

“So I exhort the elders among you, as a fellow elder and a witness of the sufferings of Christ, as well as a partaker in the glory that is going to be revealed: shepherd the flock of God that is among you, exercising oversight, not under compulsion, but willingly, as God would have you; not for shameful gain, but eagerly; not domineering over those in your charge, but being examples to the flock. And when the chief Shepherd appears, you will receive the unfading crown of glory.” 1 Peter 5:1-4 (ESV)

It is happening!

As I type, my bone marrow donation is slowly infusing, as if it were a regular old blood transfusion. In one sense, it’s a bit anticlimactic. But it truly is a wonderful gift and a miracle!

The gift is from a 28 yr old girl, who willing endured a yucky procedure, so that I might live.

The miracle is in the science that takes her gift and transforms it into a blood product that my body will use to rebuild itself!

I am most immensely humbled by what’s happening. This gift I do not deserve, will save my earthly body, into prolonged life.

This is not unlike the undeserved gift the Son of God offers us. He willing spilt His blood, unto death, so that others would go on living, into eternity, as Children of God.

“…without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness of sins.” (‭Hebrews‬ ‭9‬:‭22‬ ESV)

Jesus, Healer

Recently I had the blessing to speak about my journey with leukemia, at my church. If you’re interested, here’s the video.

JESUS, The Healer from Element Christian Church on Vimeo.