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May 09, 2007

With the prospect of getting a diagnosis this week — assuming the MRI actually shows something — I've determined that there are some words I really do not want to hear from the doctor:

"Amyotrophic." That'd just plain suck.

"Inoperable." No offense, Ian.

"Hatch." I consider this to be the least likely, despite a complete lack of evidence.

At this point, though, I'd just like to hear anything concrete. Once we know what's going on, at least it will be treatable, to one degree or another. I've had it with the steroids; not knowing is making me crazy.

The saga so far:
3/17 — The State of the Russ
3/19 — MRI Complete
3/20 — No Results Yet
3/22 — Anticipation
3/24 — Still No News
3/27 — I Got Nothin'
3/30 — First MRI Results: Diagnosis Delayed
4/03 — Ouch
4/17 — Second MRI
4/21 — Second MRI Results, Sort Of
5/02 — Gratitude
5/07 — Mmmm... Brains....

Posted by Russ at 06:34 AM, May 9, 2007 in Health

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Think back to Artesia and going to church there. I know one of the reasons that we became friends was because your parents and my parents became good friends. One of the reasons they became friends was because of your parents' beliefs & faith that the church had. As we were brought up, we went to Catechism classes, and one of the first Question & Answer we were taught was:
Q: "What is your only comfort in life and in death?"
A: "That I am not my own, but belong - body & soul, in life and in death - to my faithful Savior Jesus Christ.
He has fully paid for all my sins with his precious blood, and has set me free from the tyranny of the devil. He also watches over me in such a way that not a hair can fall from my head without the will of my Father in heavean: in fact, all things must work together for my salvation.
Because I belong to him, Christ, by his Holy Spirit, assures me of eternal life and makes me whole-heartedly willing & ready from now on to live for him."

I know, at the time it seemed as worthwhile as 'Yes, you will use algebra in real life', but now as a 45 year old parent, this one Q & A means so much. It does help.

Russ, be assured, He is with you - yes, even in the MRI tube - and is watching over you. In addition, you have a great family - your mom, Brad & Holly and the kids, Cara and her daughter, your faithful readers of your blog, and so many others that are with you - albeit in spirit and prayers - as well.

I send encouragements from my family - parents & sisters and their extended families.

Again, keep the faith . . . and if you need more - PICK UP THE PHONE AND CALL SOMEONE!!

And again, hoping and praying for a good outcome . . .

Posted by: Robert at May 10, 2007 10:13 AM

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