I got the transcript today from the Disability Review hearing; some of the answers to their questions, as recorded in my records, make me wonder if they were actually reviewing me. Record: "Is there any evidence of brain trauma" Answer: "NO". REALLY? A Double Sided cerebellar infarction with 2 brain stem strokes, a decompressive craniotomy performed and there is NO EVIDENCE OF BRAIN TRAUMA? In the immortal words of Bugs Bunny, "What a maroon!" Another question: "Is there any evidence of balance problems?" Answer: "NO" What in the world? Another question: "Is there any evidence of memory problems?" Answer: "NO" I'm sorry, but that person could not have looked at my records to make that determination. Question: "Is there any evidence of headaches?" Answer: "NO" At this point, if it were not such a serious situation it would be absolutely laughable. They are going to rate my disability based upon the recommendation of that report and this is what they suggest? I am sorry...but it is pure insanity!
It has been nearly 6 years since I have updated this blog; my apologies. For those that had been following for some time, since I last posted: I stepped down as Senior Pastor at New Covenant church in Knoxville, I moved to Ankeny, Iowa, started a new ministry with St. Croix hospice as Chaplain. I was chaplain with St. Croix for about 4 1/2 years, then in 2020 I moved back to Stratford to pastor First Baptist church. It was a big change going from chaplain work back to the pastorate. I must confess, when I first came (back) to Stratford I was ready to pastor again! I love preaching; I love the ministry of being a pastor, and I love interacting with people long-term. (Being a chaplain is great, but you only interact with a family for a week or so, for some a little longer, but there was a constant upheaval of people and it was exhausting at times...) But, one thing that I have noticed since my stroke is that I get my feeling hurt easily. For instance, people leave the church all the tim