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Friday afternoon hospital update

Posted by Suzy Taylor Oakley on August 15, 2008

The GI doc was just here (2 p.m.). He’s keeping Bruce in the hospital until “Sunday or Monday.” Then he’ll switch him to oral antibiotics and steroids.

Doc mentioned trying the newest Crohn’s drug, which would be a maintenance medication. The disadvantage of the new drug vs. Humira, which we injected at home every two weeks, is that the new drug is administered at the hospital. Bruce had inconclusive results with Humira. Because he had just had surgery, which we believe was what finally did the trick on the last fistula, we never could tell whether the Humira was doing any good. Also, he had an injection-site reaction every time he had a dose of Humira. The area would swell and itch. We would be willing to live with that if we thought the Humira was really helping, but the doc is ready to try the new drug in a few weeks. More on that later.

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Happy birthday, Dad, Part 2

Posted by Suzy Taylor Oakley on July 11, 2008

Last night when I posted my pictorial tribute to Dad, I couldn’t find my favorite picture. While I was at work today, Bruce found it for me, so I’ve added it and another below. If you read the post before 4:30 p.m. Central time today, you’ll want to see the two new pictures — one of my parents and brother when he was a baby, and one of Dad and me in his recliner when I was about 5. I hope you enjoy these memories at least half as much as I do.

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It makes a difference

Posted by Suzy Taylor Oakley on May 12, 2008

Many of the people in my circle don’t understand why I care so much about recycling, conserving water and other resources or how we use plastic and toss it away without a thought.

Why does it matter that sea life is harmed by the things we use and carelessly get rid of? For one thing, they’re all God’s creatures, just as we are. They may not have the “higher intelligence” that we humans possess, but He did create them, and He cares about each of His creatures. In fact, sometimes I’m not so sure just how much smarter we really are, when we can disregard another life just because we don’t understand it.

We are all part of the circle.

Click here to read how one woman changed her little corner of the world and how that small change started sending ripples throughout the world.

Go, Rebecca.

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Just do it!

Posted by Suzy Taylor Oakley on May 11, 2008

“Do everything without complaining and arguing, so that no one can criticize you. Live clean, innocent lives as children of God, shining like bright lights in a world full of crooked and perverse people.” Philippians 2:14-15

Man, I wish I hadn’t gone to church this morning! Harold issued a challenge that was long overdue for me: Stop whining!

I don’t think he actually used the word whining, but he did quote liberally from Philippians 2, which includes the admonition not to complain, with plenty of explication on why we shouldn’t.

I even copied down Verses 13-17 (in two translations) in my composition notebook while I listened to the rest of the sermon. (Gonna pin the copied verses to my cubicle wall at my job, which is what I complain most about.) It’s funny how you can read a passage many times and be only marginally affected by it until, one day, someone makes it come alive for you. That’s what Harold did this morning when he told me the reasons I should stop complaining. It was like a poke in the eye.

Because I’ve been doing a lot of it lately.

I could philosophize for hours about the virtues of obeying these verses, but all I’m gonna do is commit the next seven days to doing it.

And I have to proclaim it publicly so that you all can hold me accountable. Another thing Harold said is that God not only brought us into relationship with Himself, he brought us into relationship with each other, even those we haven’t met. And we sang about needing each other and praying for each other.

I need you.

Because not complaining for seven whole days ain’t gonna be easy.

So, friends, if you hear me complain, shut me up. But do it gently, please.

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