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The Indigo Girls have a new album available for pre order here.   This is dated 5/17/10 on their home pages …   That’s always big news to me.

Ok.  So I’m back from my (CREDO 2) conference in Virginia, and trying to get back into the swing of things.  And for me that includes reading the daily offices (out of the St. Helena Breviary).  So I’ve been reading today about Dunstan (who was born in 910 C.E. and died in 988 C.E.).

This morning I read the commentary from Brightest and Best (where it was commented that when clergy travel without their collars they often annoy people who want them “belled like a cat” so that they know their normal, every day lives are being interrupted by an emissary from the spiritual life).  And I’ve been thinking since about the sacred and the profane in Benedictine thought (more…)

So, Anne and I are back from (my doing) supply in Alturas.  It was fun.  I was there as their priest quarter time just over 16 years ago (the last year I was in Susanville).  Have seen some of the people since, but hadn’t been back to the church.  (I’d forgotten exactly how to get there!) (more…)

Well, after reading Brother Adam’s piece on simplicity (and ashes, and how he had chosen to look at the ashes of his own losses, rather than the rebirth that was happening out of the ashes), I’m hesitant to write (yet again) about my gastric bypass experiences.  And I need to acknowledge up front that, on balance, this remains a resurrection experience for me.  I continue to lose weight at a brisk pace (almost 50 pounds since February 8), I continue to reduce my medications (though not officially with the last reduction) and new life possibilities are opening up (not all of them having to do with my health).  So the bottom line is still good news here.  I went out with a friend Monday (I’m on vacation this week) and took a lot of photographs in the Sausalito area.  Life is, mostly, good.

But I’ve been blogging about this mainly so that others who are considering such a surgery (there are other surgical options) or someone going through this can get a sense of what this has been like (is like) for me — and (remembering that every experience is completely individual), just possibly what it might be like for them.  And probably the biggest learning is that it is an ongoing process (and likely to remain so for a long time).  I keep wanting to be completely “healed.”  But it doesn’t look like it’s going to work out that way in any near future.  I’m going to have to live with this and adapt to this for some time to come.  Maybe a year or two from what I can gather.  And even then I expect life to be very different from life pre surgery. (more…)

Well, much as I want to say I’m fully recovered from the surgery, and simply looking at how life moves forward after gastric bypass surgery is accomplished, I keep getting reminders that I’m not there yet.  And, as my wife reminds me, I cannot really expect to be “over” the surgery and fully recovered and back to a new normal yet.  It’s been just over five weeks.  I haven’t had my second follow-up visit with my doctor yet.  I don’t know if my vitamins are in balance.  I’m not eating “normal” food yet — just “soft” food. (more…)

Well, I think I’m probably back from surgery.  I know my energy is going to be a bit low, at least off and on.  But I’m eating soft foods now, mostly without much problems.  It’s been a pretty busy week — much of it, but not all, work.  Our Vestry Retreat adds some time and effort.  Doing my taxes adds some time and effort.  And I’ve had three medical appointments (and blood work done) this week.  And I’ve been tired sometimes.  Like last night, when I just couldn’t sleep.  And I ended up finishing off the Prayer Service for tomorrow’s Vestry Retreat a bit after 3 AM.  I did need a nap this afternoon (and I really hope I can sleep tonight).  But I’m walking, I’m working, I’m eating and I’m playing.  And I’m not in pain.  There continue to be adjustments I have to learn to make.  And there continue to be minor issues to deal with.  But I think I’m back.

Biggest disappointment so far?  I’m still taking one and a half of my diabetes medications.  And my blood sugar is not as well controlled (ranging from about 150 before breakfast in the morning to about 80 before I go to bed — going slowly down all day).  But that’s better than it was (although not as good, at all, as it started out after the surgery).  Second biggest disappointment is the addition of a new blood pressure medication.  I’m still hoping, long-term, that both of these problems go away.

Biggest plus?  I was about 263 pounds the morning of my surgery (down from about 300 about a year before that).  Thirty two days after the surgery I weighed 229 pounds.  (These are first thing in the morning before shower weights.)  I know my scale can be off by a couple of pounds, up or down, on any given day.  But that’s about 34 pounds in thirty-two days.  And mostly I don’t feel like I’m going hungry.

So, all in all, I can’t complain.  I know I’m still in the healing and adjustment phase.  But I’m assuming I’m back in what is becoming my new “normal” routines for life.

Well, I was back leading our worship at both services today.  After 4 days of feeling comparatively crappy (always full, no room for water, often slightly nauseous and often a bit light headed) I felt a bit better this morning.  Which is not to say I felt good.  But I felt good enough.  And it was wonderful to be back with the St. George’s community.  I was absolutely exhausted when I was done (and actually left before the coffee hour was over). (more…)

So, I’ve had a pretty smooth recovery from my gastric bypass surgery so far.  I’ve started back to work.  I’m basically moving without discomfort.  I’m eating pureed foods.  I’m driving.  I’m walking (more…)

So, a little mini addition to the blog tonight.  My clergy writer’s group met this morning.  And one assignment was to write for 10 minutes on the parallels between figure skating and being a pastor:

I have to say, figure skating and ice dancing may be my least favorite olympic events.  Unlike my wife and daughters, I’m not convinced they should even be in the olympics.  Yes.  They demand strength and stamina.  But there is no objective and no objective standard in the activity. (more…)

So, I continue to heal and have had no problems so far.  I’ve walked as much as threee quarters of a mile at a time.  And I’m intentionally walking just a bit slower than I could.  I’ve had no real problems with “food.”  (Tomorrow I get to start eating “soft” foods.  So far I’m on liquids — though pureed vegitable soup with no meat at all and very liquid cream of wheat and non fat yogart with no fruit bits do push the limits of liquid a bit.  I can have about a quarter of a cup of some combination of the above for each meal.)  I’m itching a bit.  But I’m not really hurting — though I do know I’m still wounded.  But so long as I exercise caution I seem to be fine. (more…)

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