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An Update!

Jun 09, 2008 - 0 comments
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This is just an update - an overdue update. I am doing so much better these days. Just getting off the medication is an improvement. My regular doctor is keeping a watch on my liver function and my enzyme levels, and thus far all is looking good. Now that I have regained most of my strength and ability, I have accepted an invitation by the pastor of Grace Assembly to work with him at that church. It is the last church that I pastored and I count it an honor to be accepted by the present pastor and members, as an associate. I think I will be able to serve the pastor, the church and God in this capacity with a sense of accopmlishment for ministry. I do not have the desire to pastor any church these days but I do have a desire to do whatever God wants me to do. Right now, I feel like it is to serve in this position.

Although the doctor said that I was not going to clear the virus one of the good things that has come out of all this medical bout that I have been engaged in is a greater appreciation for the more contemporary music of this day. I really do love the music by Casting Crowns, especially the song entitled "I Will Praise You In This Storm". There are other groups that I really enjoy who would not have been accepted by my criteria at a time in my past. Really, I have been expanded, broadened, enlightened, or whatever you want to call it, by my experience. I still love the old conservative songs and good old souther gospel too. What I think I am trying to say is, "I am a better man today than I was yesterday."

One of these days I will leave this life.  It could be via hep-c complications, a number of other sicknesses, an accident or via a sudden catching away of the good and the righteous (let God be the judge of who they are).  In the mean time, I will continue to be who I am and what I am, and as such, I will strive to please HIM.
Let me conclude with this old number:
"We'll work 'till Jesus comes,
We'll work 'till Jesus comes,
We'll work 'till Jesus comes,
And then be gathered home."


Alive and well!

Apr 10, 2008 - 1 comments

There's been a lot of water under the bridge since I last posted.  I won't take the time to give you a play by play account of my life since then but I'll try to give a brief summary of what's important.

The doctor said I would not clear the hep-c virus and that there was no point in continuing the treatment.  I completed 28 weeks of the 48 weeks treatment plan.  I've been off the medication about six months now and I feel better than I did before the treatments began.  I've not done anything very productive for about 1 & 1/2 yrs. now but I have just accepted a position on the staff of the last church that I pastored.  I will have a somewhat active role, but not a full time pastoral role.  At least, I will hopefully begin to feel more useful.  I've changed my eating habits and I will be exercising more, ......... I hope!  

What happened?  I'm glad you asked.  One Sunday night in church, while the whole congregation was standing and singing, the words of the song impressed me so strongly that I made comments to my wife and my mother about it and believe that at that time I was given assurance from God that I was going to be alright.  What was that song?  Again, I'm glad you asked.  The name of the song was "Can't Nobody Do Me Like Jesus".  The words that really impressed me were from the verse that says, "He heald my body and He told me to run on."  At that time, I didn't know what the doctor's report was going to be the following Wednesday, but when I heard his report, I knew that God had prepared me for such and so I took comfort in the words of the song.  To God be the glory!

If you want to know more about that or my progress through the treatments, go to my blogspot and click on the label "My Progress".  (labrannen.blogspot.com).  


I will post again

Nov 26, 2007 - 0 comments

Right now I am between a rock and a hard place when it comes to computing.  My computer is presently down, and I am waiting on a part from Dell.  Perhaps by the end of the week I will have my computer back on line.  I am presently using my wife's computer.  That should do, but I don't like the left-handed way she has the layout of her monitor and mouse and I don't like the way I have to open a drawer and slide out the keyboard in order to type.  Also, her computer is sooooooooo sloooooooowww (I've got to get here a better computer).  I know that is all trivial stuff, but I guess I just like my own computer.  Besides, there is a vast amount of information on my computer that I can't get to because it is off line.  

I am feeling very well physically.  I believe that I am almost up to normal in strength and energy.  However, if I've been operating on less than normal for years, while thinking I was normal, then I may have a little further to go, but I'm getting there.  When I refer to normal strength, I'm not talking about a muscle bound athelete.  I know I've got a lot to do on my muscles.  I'm still at 185 lbs.  Loosing 65 lbs. should make anyone feel better, don't you think.  

I'll try to get back and post something when I get my computer back in operation.

My Last Visit To The Specialist!

Nov 19, 2007 - 1 comments

Here's a blog I posted on my blogspot, dated November 16th.

Well, well, well!  What can I blog about now? Since I have been taken off my medication and the therapy has stopped, I should be feeling better. I am feeling better. Ain't that something? Off the medicine and feeling better! So "my progress" is just going to be gooder-n-gooder. I guess I'll have to blog more about "church, my family, sermon thoughts, theology, other and new things". (see my blog labels)

Let me just say this concerning the doctor visits to Dr. Buchner: It was kinda sad to say good-bye to those nurses. After seeing them so many times, I begin to think of them as my friends. So, why didn't I think of the doctor as my friend? Simple! Believe it or not, I never did even meet the doctor. I wouldn't know him if I bumped into him. I think he only comes to the Cleveland office once a week. Now, he could be comming more than that, but I still never met him and I don't know him. He sure has a good staff though, and I was well pleased with the care I received from them.

On this last visit, Monday, Nov. 12th., for the first time, I didn't loose any weight. As a matter of fact I gained 2 lbs. My blood counts were almost normal. I was almost out of the anemic stage, falling short of it only by a .2 (point two) reading of one of the four or five or more readings that they do. I knew I was getting better. In summary: It was hepatitis-c, geno-type 1b, I completed 28 weeks of the 48 week therapy session, beginning viral load of 7.2 million, mid-term load of 164,000, ending load of 1.02 million, I would not clear the virus, my primary care physician would receive a report of all that was done and he can do the same lab work if he desires. That's the doctor's report but there is another report to consider (See my blog dated Thursday, Oct. 18th., entitled "Whose Report Will You Receive?")

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Should there be any important developments concerning my fight with the hepatitis-c virus, I'll probably post something about it on this blogspot.

Here's something new for you to feel sorry for me about. I have to renew my driver's liscense by Nov. 20th. This is the 16th. However, I can't do it yet. I'm waiting for the office of vital statistics in Florida to send me a certified copy of my birth certificate so I can prove to the liscense bureau that I am who I said I was five years ago when they issued me a Tennessee State driver's liscense. Mercy, mercy, mercy! I have my valid Tennessee driver's liscense, with my picture on it, and all the other important info, but that want do. The requirement is that since this is my first renewal, I must have my birth certificate. I ask you now. Does that mean that they are admitting to the possibility that they may have liscensed me illigally? Sounds like it to me. Well, the best way for me to respond to all that is just like I am doing now. I've put a rush order in for my birth certificate and I'm waiting. When it comes, I'll just go down to the liscense bureau office and take my number and go through the mill for my renewal. I'll not grumble nor complain. Err...ah, is that what I am doing now? Complaining? I'll get over it.