Today, as most of you know, is Easter. We had an early service, led by the youth, with about 90 in attendance and a late, regular, service with about 120. In between we had a breakfast served and led by the youth that will benefit the youth mission trip to Arkansas. After service we went out to Applebee's for lunch. Overall it was a great day. What was amazing about it was its normality. It was just another Easter. Not that any easter is normal in event, but there was nothing extraordinary about this day. Brendan, my oldest, played piano for the early service. I was very glad to have him participating in the service. My wife helped with the breakfast, and I preached. It was a great day and I did not have anything abnormal to report!!
On December 8, 2008, my life changed forever. I had a double sided cerebellar stroke with 2 brain stem compressions. It was not until December 10, 40 hours after my stroke, that surgery was finally done to relieve the pressure. Dr. Piper, the neuro-surgeon from Iowa Methodist hospital in Des Moines, told my wife that surgery was nothing more than an attempt to save my life, but that it would not erase the deficiencies as a result of the stroke. Although she admits that she did not really understand what Dr. Piper had just said, my wife, Laura, agreed to the surgery and the care team performed a decrompessive craniotomy, to hopefully relieve the pressure and allow my brain to function somewhat normally. For those who have followed my blog for the last 14+ years, the surgery was successful, I returned to the church and I now live a relatively normal life, although I do have some pretty severe, though not always visible, defieciencies. I really thought that life could not get any worse th