Friday, June 30, 2006

I'm Alive with a Friday Funny!

I'm still here. Thank you for your emails and comments and concerns and well wishes. We've been having a lot of rain and storms which make the headaches worse. Any change in the barometric pressure and my head feels it. The increased pressure in my head feels like my brain is going to burst out of my head. It's like the worst sinus headache you've ever had multiplied by 20.

My eyes are bulging a little and CSF has been leaking out of my ears in larger amounts. I'm puffy all over. My hands and fingers swell so much they ache/hurt and I can't use them. My feet and legs swell so much it's hard to walk sometimes. But today... not so bad.

I'm still taking the nerve medication for the nerve pain. The pain is a little better. The burning is gone, but I'm still having a lot of pain when I rub my head or wash or dry or comb my hair. Things like that. I have one numb spot on the back of my head. Still hoping for that to spread out.

The medication makes me even more dizzy and forgetful/confused. That's one reason I haven't been posting much. The post I wrote about Whitney Cerak and Laura VanRyn took me 3 hours. I had such difficulty typing and remembering words/spelling and such. I don't feel good enough to spend 3 hours on the computer so I haven't been posting. Forgive me for not visiting you. Hopefully I'll get around to you all soon.

Jacob's been playing a lot of make up baseball games. A total of 7 rain out games. Two weeks ago he played five games a week. That was pretty hard on me, but I wouldn't miss him play. His team did well... 3rd place at the end of the season. Not bad considering 5 games were played with 8 boys. One game only 7 boys showed up... so a players little brother sub'd. He was 6!!! But that was one of the best games. The cute thing was seeing him stand next to Jacob. The little guy didn't even come up to Jacob's waist!

I'll leave you with a Friday Funny...

During one of Jacob's baseball games our team had the bases loaded. (Jacob was on second base.) Out of the clear blue sky one of our players decided to steal second... with BASES LOADED and no chance to steal!

The boy started waving his arms and yelling at Jacob to run. "Run! Go! Go! Go!" But Jacob's motioning for him to get back on base and showing him the other runner stuck on third base.

The first baseman yells at the pitcher just as the pitcher was turning around to see who was yelling "Run!". The pitcher throws the ball to first to get our player out.

The player huffs to the dugout blaming Jacob for his out.


I turn to my mom and say, "That kid's a few fries short of a hamburger!"
Brain problems! :)

Friday, June 09, 2006

Friday Funny

Prison vs. Work (email)

Just in case you ever get these two environments mixed up, this should make
things a little bit more clear.....

IN spend the majority of your time in an 10X10 cell.
AT spend the majority of your time in an 8X8 cubicle.

IN get three meals a day.
AT get a break for one meal and you have to pay for it.

IN get time off for good behavior.
AT get more work for good behavior.

IN PRISON..........the guard locks and unlocks all the doors for you.
AT must often carry a security card and open all the doors for yourself.

IN can watch TV and play games.
AT could get fired for watching TV and playing games.

IN PR get your own toilet.
AT have to share the toilet with some people who pee on the seat.

IN PRISON..........they allow your family and friends to visit.
AT aren't even supposed to speak to your family.

IN PRISON.........all expenses are paid by the taxpayers with no work required.
AT get to pay all your expenses to go to work, and they deduct taxes
from your salary to pay for prisoners.

IN spend most of your life inside bars wanting to get out.
AT WORK spend most of your time wanting to get out and go inside bars.

IN PRISON must deal with sadistic wardens.
AT WORK...........they are called managers

Yeah. I do love not working! ;) And I do enjoy these yummy prisoners. Well. Minus the two scary guys in the back!

Thursday, June 01, 2006

Tragic Mix Up

Whitney Cerak
Laura VanRyn

By now I'm sure you've heard of the tragic mix-up of two Taylor University students Whitney Cerak (18) and Laura VanRyn (22). On April 26th a van carrying Taylor University students was hit by a semi. Four Taylor University students and one employee were pronounced dead at the scene. Whitney Cerak was pronounced dead and the family buried her in their home town. Laura VanRyn was taken to the hospital in critical condition for weeks. Her family has been by her bedside for five weeks. As "Laura" began to speak a little and become a little more coherent the family noticed some things that didn't make sense. They alerted the medical staff where they compared dental records. To everyone's amazement Laura was not Laura, but Whitney.

For five weeks Laura's family has faithfully remained by what they thought was their daughter's bedside. Comforting her, praying for her and loving her like any family would. For five weeks Whitney's family has mourned their daughter's death... enduring memorial services and burial of what they thought was their daughter. For five weeks both families have endured so much pain. Both have felt fear, shock, denial, pain... but neither family lost their hope or faith.

Many criticize the coroner and medical staff for this terrible mistake. People say the coroner should have done more to identify the girls body. I do agree more should have been done to save both families from such horrible, unimaginable pain. But a part of me also believes the coroner was trying to shield the family from the pain of identifying the body. Those students were involved in a terrible crash with a semi. Bones were broken and shattered. Bodies were mangled and covered in blood. I'm sure the coroner was trying to save the family great pain and the terrible, unspeakable memory of the last image of "their" daughter.

The two girls were both blonde. The same height. Similar facial features. One was pronounced dead at the scene. One was rushed to the hospital where the family sat for five weeks believing that was their daughter. If Mom and Dad couldn't tell five weeks later that the girl lying in that hospital bed was not their daughter... who could? (And by no means do I question or belittle the VanRyn's. I can't even begin to imagine what they've endured!)

Dental records... a "simple" test. Hopefully a lesson learned. Dental records and DNA testing... Do you have a way for your family to identify you?

Whitney and Laura

Superimposed image of the two girls.
Their similarities are uncanny!

Laura's older sister, Lisa, started a blog about Laura's recuperation. It is so hard to read her words of Laura's recuperation and achievements now knowing the truth. But it is so powerful to hear her share their story. Their testimony is inspiring!

"The Cerak family came down from Gaylord and we had the privelege of meeting with them this morning. While we discussed some of the action steps that will need to take place over the next couple of days, we were also able to share with them some of the great things we have seen Whitney accomplish over the past month. It is a sorrow and a joy for us to learn of this turn of events. For us, we will mourn Laura's going home and will greatly miss her compassionate heart and sweetness while knowing that she is safe and with her King forever. We rejoice with the Ceraks, that they will have more time on this earth with their daughter, sister, and loved one."

My thoughts and prayers go out to both families. May they both be comforted by each other and the love and relationship they have in Jesus Christ.

Read Whitney Cerak's blog