Monthly Archives: November 2009

Over the next hurdle

The blog-site is going to be silent for a few days. Where I am going I may not be able to access the internet for a while.

Today is the big day. I’m off to the Nelson Public Hospital where this afternoon I will be having an AP Resection to remove the primary tumour in my rectum. The process has been fully explained to me by the medicos and it doesn’t excite me, however my trust is in the Lord who oversees all my days.

I am able to have steak and eggs for lunch the day after the operation but it will be administered intravenously. In fact, I will be on a drip for nourishment for the first 8 days or so and gradually introduced to liquids, jellies and yoghurt after a few days. They will have me doing exercises to prevent clots and pneumonia, etc immediately after the operation.

I am led to believe I could be in hospital for up to 2 weeks so the blog site may be quite for a period unless I feel well enough to track down an internet terminal.

Provided my liver continues to behave itself, I am hoping this operation will be the last major medical procedure I have to undergo for some time.

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Posted by on 24 November, 2009 in Medical, Personal


What is it about humans?

Why do some people always see the worst possible scenarios and can’t wait to share them? Ever since I started into this battle against cancer there have been many that have encouraged me with positive thoughts and prayers and I’ve been blessed by them.

But then there are the others who always have to add a rider: they love to tell you about someone they know who had this complication from the same procedure, or this went wrong with the operation, or they suffered this kind of pain, etc.

What makes us humans do it? Why do we love to add gruesome details? If people pull through against the odds, that is great, but it is no encouragement to the person who is about to go through that procedure to know what can go wrong (beyond what the doctors have confided). Deep down we know any treatment can go wrong and that our destiny is in the Lord’s hands, but it is far more encouraging to the sufferer to leave the possible crises to God’s wisdom and to hope for straightforward outcomes.

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Posted by on 20 November, 2009 in Personal


Wow, do I feel old

I’ve just been trying out this new WolframAlpha search engine which some say will revolutionise the internet. I typed in my birthday and within seconds discovered that I have been on this earth for 23,491 days. I can’t remember half of what I did on all those days. I’m hoping I can add a few more thousand to that.


Posted by on 11 November, 2009 in Personal


Surgery dates, but its not just about me!

On Saturday I got the word from the hospital confirming the date I go under the knife to excise the primary tumour from my rectum together with a mesentery node. The surgeon was not going to proceed if he had any question marks concerning the liver so that must be holding its own – a welcoming state of play!

I have a ‘Pre-admission’ appt on Wed 18th November when everything will be explained and I have ECG and other tests. Then I am admitted at 10am on  Tuesday 24th for afternoon surgery (I’m told it will take at least 5 hours!!). The operation will be at the Nelson Public Hospital in the Day Surgery Unit and then I will be transferred to Ward 10 for the days of recovery. I will be in hospital for 10 – 14 days. My surgeon comes with very high reputation and commendations, even from the Surgery Professor at Christchurch Medical School.

Needless to say, I am feeling a little apprehensive about it all and hoping and praying for a straightforward procedure with no complications. And then, of course, yet another recovery period!  I’ll be glad when it’s all over.

The week before the operation I will be moving furniture for Rebekah who has found a better place to rent: a three bedroom house just 700m up the street from us. It will be a lot easier for the grand-children to come for their homeschooling and for general support both ways. Becky actually moves into her new place the day I have my operation. Timing is perfect!

Please pray for Bronwen who is the one caught up in the middle of the cauldron – helping Becky get settled, schooling the children and visiting me. She had a Pacemaker checkup last Friday and it showed that the Pacemaker recorded 320 occasions of atrial fibrilation in the last 6 months, some episodes lasting up to 2 hours!  The Pacemaker cuts in if Bronwen’s heart beat drops too low but does nothing if it races. What is more concerning is that other symptoms require her to be checked out for angina as well now. Bronwen is an absolute treasure but both of us are feeling a bit fragile at the moment and looking forward to a satisfactory resolution of the health problems. I hope the Lord understands I have too many family responsibilities to go home to glory yet.

Thanks for all your continued prayer and support,

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Posted by on 9 November, 2009 in Family, Medical, Personal


Not a recommended way to lose weight

I weighed myself today and got a shock to find I have returned to my pre-marriage weight of 68kg. Considering I’ve been married 41 years and having my weight fluctuate between 76kg and 80kg, there is a part of me that is pleased. It has been a goal of mine to lose the paunch and get down to around 70kg but be careful what you wish for. I did not expect to lose it the way I have.

Most of the weight has been lost in the last 4 months including the time of radiation therapy when the feelings of nausea made even thinking about food painful. At least now I am not turned off by food so I am hoping the weight doesn’t go any lower.

By the way: In seeking to eat healthy, don’t forget that fats and carbohydrates do have a good side. Lowering my HDL cholesterol has increased the chances for my outlook to be lss rosey to the point of suffering depression and the chances of the cancer not receding are increased – something most nutritionists won’t tell you. Evidently there is something in the HDL that lifts optimism and also inhibits the risks of cancer and suicide.

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Posted by on 6 November, 2009 in Medical, Personal