June 3, 2010 – 3 Years and Counting

I didn’t even look back to see when my last blog entry was – it’s way too embarassing and humiliating.  When I began this blog, I didn’t know how long I would do it or how often I would do it.  As it so happened, it pretty much turned into a weekly thing until health problems reared their ugly head last fall.  A few years back when I gave the eulogy at my Dad’s funeral, I began by recalling my days in school that whenever I had a project to do or a paper to write, it always seemed like the hardest part was getting started – thinking of those first few lines and paragraphs – and once I figured that out, the rest seemed to flow pretty easily.  I had the same feeling when I was thinking about what to say about my Dad – trying to figure out where to begin.

I’ve had the same feeling again the last few days.  After not having written here for so long, where do I begin.  But, I cannot hold off my clamoring fans any longer (actually, I’ve had one person tell me they missed the blog, but it sounds good).  So let me start by updating you on my health.  I saw a neurologist a little over a month ago and he diagnosed me as having muscle contraction headaches.  He then recommended a couple of medications to my family doctor to try.  I’m happy to report that for about the last week and a half I have been feeling some better.  I still have pulling and pressure sensations in my head but they haven’t been quite as intense and have been more on-and-off.  I don’t want to brag too much because I’ve been down this road before only to worsen again.  Hopefully things will continue to improve.  It has been quite a journey.  I kidded Fr. Gene the other day that they are going to change the old proverb from having the “patience of Job” to having the “patience of Brian.”  But there just may be light at the end of the tunnel.

As far as the rest of me, I think I’m doing pretty well.  I’m still sticking to my diet (for the most part).  I’ve lost about 40 lbs.  I have bloodwork in a couple of weeks so we’ll see how the blood sugar, cholestrol, etc. are doing.  I remember thinking to myself a while back that when I turned 40 (which was last October), that I would start paying a little more attention to my health.  Little did I know that I would be forced into it a little sooner than expected.  As a line from one of my favorite songs says – “Life is about change and nothing ever stays the same.”

One of my worst periods was around the time of Holy Week.  There were a couple of things that got me through.  One was EWTN so I could watch the Holy Week services.  The other much more important thing was thinking about the cross.  No matter what life throws at us, Jesus has endured so much more for our sake.  And even in what seemed to be the darkest of times, the hope of the resurrection sprung forth.  There were many days when I couldn’t see hope, but the joy of Easter reminded me that hope is never lost.

So what else has been going on.  We had a very nice Confirmation liturgy last week.  I knew this was going to be a test for my health.  For a long time the only way I could get relief from my headaches was to lie down.  I didn’t think Bishop Braxon would appreciate me stretching out in the aisle of church.  I’m happy to report that I made it through the festivities on my feet.  I’m also happy to report that the Bishop was very cordial and did a very nice job with the kids.  My first thought when I got home that evening was of the 1980 U.S. Olympic hockey team (“Do you believe in miracles? YES!!!.  The impossible dream comes true!!!!!).  Many thanks to all of those involved.

Through my health issues, and also through problems with my internet provider, my scanner, etc., etc., I have tried to keep the website updated the best I can.  I am happy to say that our website went online 3 years ago today.  This was another project that I wasn’t sure about when I began, but it has been a labor of love, and I think it has done our parish at least a little bit of good.  One of the things I started earlier this year was a Facebook group page for our parish.  Currently there are 35 members on there – current parishioners, past parishioners, and other interested people.  I encourage you to go to our homepage at www.maryhoc.org and click on the Facebook tab to check it out.  Better yet, become a member of the page and keep in touch with current and former parishioners.  Also, this past year I haven’t had the chance to take any photos from parish events.  If you have any recent photos, you can e-mail them to me or drop them off at the parish office (I assure that all photos will be returned) so I can post them on the website.

On one of my favorite shows, Seinfeld, when George’s fiancee died from being poisoned by licking the cheap envelopes George purchased for the wedding invitations, George declared that he was now free and declared “the summer of George.”  In a way I’m hoping that this will become the “summer of Brian” and that I can get back to at least a somewhat normal routine again, including a semi-regular blog.  I thank you for your patience with me through all of this, and I ask for your continued prayers, as I continue to pray for you.  Oh, and Cubs fans – looks like 102 years and counting.  My Cardinals are starting to hit again, and it looks to be a fun summer of excellent baseball. 

Pray for all those who are suffering or in harm’s way, including those who are ill, those who continue to defend our freedom across the world, and all those affected by the oil spill in the Gulf.  The Holy Spirit reigns.  Peace.

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