October 3, 2009 – Just to Update You (Again)

Hi all.  Just wanted to give you the latest on what has been happening with me and where things stand.  Healthwise, things are still pretty much status quo.  I have been sticking to my new diet (lost 5 pounds thus far) and my blood pressure readings have been better, but I’m still experiencing the pressure around my sinus area and head that I have had for about the last month.  I had a CT scan of the sinuses and it was negative, so I’m still searching for answers.  I went on a new medication last Tuesday, but to this point I still haven’t seen improvement.  So… I’m sure I’ll be making yet another visit to the doctor early next week and see what else we can do.  It certainly has been a frustrating few weeks, not only healthwise, but it is hard to explain to people what is wrong because I still don’t have a definite answer.  It is also hard to explain to people why I haven’t been in church and why I haven’t been able to resume my normal schedule.  At times I get a little excited because I think there is slight improvement, only to see that improvement disappear, sometimes in a matter of minutes. 

It has been a frustrating time to say the least, but I am so appreciative of everyone’s prayers and well wishes.  I keep telling myself that there is a reason for this, and that sooner rather than later this whole thing will be resolved.  But until then, please be patient with me and I will do my best to get back up to par again.

Because of my situation, I had to miss our Parish Mission this past week.  I have heard many, many good things about it.  I am so thankful to everyone who helped in any way to make it a success, and I am especially thankful to everyone who attended.  My biggest fear was how the crowds would be, and I am so grateful that so many people took time out of their busy schedules to attend.  Fr. Pete was gracious enough to send me a set of CD’s which have his sermons from each night – not from this Mission, but a prior Mission with the same themes – so I don’t feel totally left out.  I hope that the Mission will serve as a springboard to a spiritual renewal for our parish. 

Being “down and out” the last few weeks has afforded me the opportunity to keep up on my sports.  Today is an especially good day – the Cardinals are on first, then the Blues, and finally tonight the SIU football game.  I’m enjoying it while I can – when I do get back in the saddle I’m going to have so much paperwork, etc. to catch up on it, well, I’ll worry about it when the time comes.

Thanks again for your concern and especially your prayers.  I hope to have better news to report to you next time.  Enjoy the beautiful fall weather.  No pumpkin pie for this kid this year!  Well, maybe a sugarless, crustless pie.  Yum, yum!  Take care.  Peace.


2 Responses to “October 3, 2009 – Just to Update You (Again)”

  1. linda forgas Says:

    so sorry you are not well lately. sounds so frustrating for you. enjoy your writings so much. get to feeling better real quick!!!! prayers for you————-and sorry you missed the mission. i was there all but one nite. he is a gifted speaker. take care

  2. Sheila Surman Says:

    Brian, glad to see your in church this morning. Hope this was a sign you are feeling some better. I know the frustrations you must feel. I had a CT scan last year and it was negative also. My problems ended up being from allergies. I am seeing an allergist now and so far this fall I have not had the problems I did last year. Hope you find out answers thats the hard part not knowing! Sorry you missed the missions they were super I only missed one night. It was very enlightning!

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