Recovering

August 15, 2017 at 5:33 pm • Posted in UncategorizedNo comments yet

The recovery from knee surgery #2 continues. I am walking without a cane and on no pain meds other than ibuprofen. It gets a bit tired and then is either swollen or tight which can make it feel sore. Stairs greater than 6 steps are still very hard, but the therapist says I am way ahead of the game. I meet with the surgeon again the day after Labor Day for a final check and to schedule the third and final surgery. My hope is to do that right after Christmas and healing should be done before spring break so I can enjoy that. I hope to be back to a full new and improved normal by May of next year. Its been along journey but I do believe the right one and that it will be worth it.

Handicap Life

July 14, 2017 at 3:13 pm • Posted in UncategorizedNo comments yet

I am learning a lot about handicap accessibility and getting a meaningful, humbling glimpse into the life that so many lead not just for a season but for years or a lifetime. I am restricted to not putting weight on my right leg for 6 weeks. It means I am not supposed to drive and am limited to walkers, crutches and wheelchairs. Everywhere I go, I learn about how accessible a place is in terms of wheelchairs and handicap needs including homes, churches, malls and businesses. Its amazing to see what is the most challenging. For example, at the church, the challenge is that all of the key doors (bathrooms, elevators etc.) are very heavy which makes it harder to navigate. I still cannot fully imagine what someone goes through living in a wheel chair, but I am thankful for this experience as I have gained so much understanding.

Airline Ranking

June 12, 2017 at 3:26 pm • Posted in UncategorizedNo comments yet

I have had the privilege to travel to almost 40 states, 16 countries and 3 continents since graduating high school. In that time I have flown with many airlines. Some are still operating, others are not. Some were major airlines, others were not. Some were U.S. based airlines and others were not. On a recent return trip, I got to thinking about how I would rate and rank the airlines I have flowing with. Below are my rankings for airlines I have flown with that are still operating from best to worst.

1. Qatar

2. Southwest

3. Delta

4. American

5. Lufthansa

6. Turkish airlines

7. United

8. KLM

9. US-Bangla Airlines

10. Frontier

11. Air Buddha

12. Allegiant

13. Biman Bangladesh Airline

14. El Al

666. Air Canada

Social Media Fast

April 16, 2017 at 7:55 pm • Posted in UncategorizedNo comments yet

For the season of Lent, I gave up social media. This included looking at, posting on, responding to and doing anything with any social media venue. Facebook, Facebook Messenger, Twitter, Instagram, Linked-in were all gone from the start of Lent (March 1) until today, Easter Sunday. Now, the general rule for Lent is that you can break your fast on each Sunday in lent as they are not counted. In my case, I simply went on Facebook 3 of the Sundays to check my Facebook Messenger messages to make sure there was nothing urgent, only responding to 2-3 the whole time. I also scrolled through notifications to look for urgent stuff, but did not find any so never clicked on any of those.

Once I took Facebook and Facebook Messenger off my phone, it was really easy to do this and quite frankly it was nice. I like social media for keeping up on friends, family and colleagues. I like hearing about what is going on in peoples lives and love thoughtful, educated opinions, articles and funny links. I hate the uneducated political garbage and the hate that shows up on social media so I don’t really miss that. I usually go on social media when I have 5-15 minutes to kill, other than occasionally posting when I have a thought I want to share. In that sense, my life did not change a lot time wise or in many other ways.

I have always known though that much of the discourse on Facebook in particular (especially around politics) has been toxic. In that sense, I did notice that because I was not exposed to as much of that. That said, I do try to protect myself. I delete anyone who intentionally attacks my family, uses my Facebook to attack me or anyone who intentionally is trying to hurt the church I serve. I also hide people when the stuff the put up is almost always unhealthy. I do on many occasions hide individual posts that are hateful or clearly not accurate or blatantly uneducated. This will continue to be my practice.

I pretty much accept any friend request if I know them and I don’t take social media too seriously. That said, there is some level of trust in accepting people. There is also a level of wisdom in what one posts. I am not perfect at either.

After this fast, I will still use social media, though less. I am less likely to comment on other peoples posts, though I will read them and like them. I will continue to post, though mostly through my third party app, HootSuite. Social media has value, but it certainly has gotten toxic. I do not want to lose the value, but I do want to avoid the unhealthy stuff.

Surgery Update

March 14, 2017 at 8:32 pm • Posted in UncategorizedNo comments yet

Tomorrow will be one month since my first knee surgery. I am doing great and am healing well ahead of schedule. I have full range of motion and am out of all braces and assisted devices. I may even get released from physical therapy early. It has been great and I am thankful for the quick healing. Besides some swelling and then of course pain in various moments, especially after a long day, it feels fine. Even with the issues that are still healing, my left knee feels the best it has in 6 months. The right knee now bothers me more than the left. I am so thankful. Thankful for insurance, thankful for a great medical team, thankful for a great church and family and most of all thankful for all the prayers!

Surgery

February 15, 2017 at 12:24 am • Posted in UncategorizedNo comments yet

Tomorrow is my first knee surgery. This surgery will be on the left to clear out a bunch of damage. The damage comes from a genetic condition; like my father my knee caps are out of place. Both knees have bothered me for years, but the left is in the worst shape of the two. I am not nervous about surgery, just the opposite, excited. The past 6 months the knees have been so problematic that I have not been able to count on them to hold up.

Knee

January 13, 2017 at 7:37 pm • Posted in UncategorizedNo comments yet

My knee continues to give me trouble after over a decade, though it has gotten worse. After looking into things after two episodes in a month, I will be meeting with a surgeon. The main issue is some damage to cartilage and floating cartilage in the left knee. Both knees have arthritis and knee caps that are not in the proper position, but functionally and structurally are fine. A long family history of knee problems is something I always knew I would have to deal with. I am thankful that I have been able to avoid the worst case scenarios and any major procedures at this point. The general thought is that the surgeon will recommend a scope to clean out the damage on the left knee. I am looking forward to having a plan and getting it all over with.

Holidays

December 2, 2016 at 2:42 pm • Posted in UncategorizedNo comments yet

This time of year is my favorite time of year. I love the Christmas holiday. Everything about it is fantastic. Even though it is a lot of work, I am so glad to be a part of all of it. The parties, decorating, shopping, family time, time with friends and worship. What a gift. I hope that you are making the most of the holidays.

Travel Done

October 26, 2016 at 3:41 pm • Posted in UncategorizedNo comments yet

2016 has been my craziest travel year, most of it for work or ministry of some kind. I used to love to travel, but the older I get, though I still enjoy it, I enjoy it less. I like my own bed and my house. I love being with my family and my dogs. Airplanes are less fun than they used to be and eating out is not as good as it used to be. I am thankful that I do travel however. I have been to multiple states and countries during this year. This year I have traveled more than any other year of my life and I am glad to say that I am done doing it for 2016!

I Hate Cancer

August 15, 2016 at 2:12 pm • Posted in UncategorizedNo comments yet

I hate cancer. Its such an awful disease. It has impacted so many people I know. It has taken the lives of so many that I know and love. Family, friends, church members, neighbors and so many others. I remember as a young kid that it was rare to hear much about cancer. Today every single family I know is touched by this awful disease in one way or another. This week, within 24 hours of each other two people I know were told that their cancer would take their life in months or less. There is not much one can say about cancer, not a lot of solace to offer, little explanation for this terrible disease. The only solace I find is in knowing the gift of relationships and that these things pain God as much, if not more than they pain me. I find hope in knowing that death is not the end of the story. Other than than, all I can really say is, cancer sucks.