Family

Cyrano … An evening with the kids

cyrano.jpgSaturday evening we took the kids out to celebrate Kimberly and Craig’s “3 Year Wedding Anniversary” which was Monday evening. Talk about hard to believe! We shared a fun dinner at Zio’s and then a trip downtown for “Shakespeare in the Park” and their version of “Cyrano de Bergerac.”

Patty and some friends took in “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” last month and had such a great time she thought this would be a great way to celebrate. We arrived early to enjoy the “Young Company.” Another smaller group offered a twenty minute play, “Everyman.” I took in about ten minutes of this one and then the end of the Young Company.

We enjoyed a great evening. Congratulations to Kimberly and Craig!

Storytelling … An Evening of Music

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A few years ago after watching “Donnie Darko,” I ventured out to find Gary Jules CD with the song, “Mad World.” I finally found it at a local music store which sold used CD’s. A number of songs on that CD reveal quite the story teller. Rob Davis and I re-connected via Facebook and he noted Gary Jules was coming to OKC. The concert would be at the Blue 7.

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Tommie enjoys concerts at small venues. I told her of the upcoming visit to OKC by Gary Jules and she asked if we could go. We worked out some details and found time for a “Daddy-Daughter Date.” We both enjoyed the show. She got her picture taken with both Gary Jules and Jim Bianco. We picked up a couple of CD’s and shared a great time.

Often we hear songs and wonder about their origin. Gary often shared what was going on in his life when he wrote a particular song. He noted a time when he was overcoming an injury and became addicted to painkillers and wrote the song, “Pills.” Later he described waking to a siege going on in the area of Los Angeles where he and his wife were raising their son. These stories evoked more intense images as the songs were sung. We could imagine ourselves being in the same predicament and finding the words penned by this English major to be near exact in expressing some of our own feelings.

Tommie and I shared a love for good music and an appreciation for stories. Our own story enriched by a night out together.

Collapse, Fragments and Spurs … Thank you …

Dr. Smith arrived via boat to Integris Baptist Hospital. The nurse noted another fellow he saw out the window in a boat with two squirrels looking for directions. We heard of roads overwhelmed by water and people being rescued from their homes. So, when we did see Dr. Smith a bit late we were relieved he was not permanently delayed by the deluge that had overtaken OKC and the Metro area this morning.

After a couple of hours Dr. Smith came to the waiting room to announce a successful surgery. The verdict. Patty indeed has a collapsed disc, a bone spur and some disc fragments causing her pain. He performed a successful anterior cervical fusion and gave a glowing prognosis. The late start meant a night’s stay. Nearly every bed, of about 500, were full and we settled for a semi-private room. Since she was placed with another woman I could not stay. My mother volunteered. I will bring her home in the morning.

Thank you  for your prayers, thoughts, e-mails and other messages. Continue to pray for a successful recovery/rehab. I am hoping Patty will feel better, find more energy and get back to some of the things she could not do as a result of the pain.

Blessings to you.

Anterior Cervical Fusion …

About four and a half years ago I woke from a nap with incredible pain in my upper  back, shoulders and arms. I thought I “slept wrong.” Two months later Dr. Smith performed an Anterior Cervical Fusion. My goals after surgery were two – continue to play basketball and golf. I still enjoy both.

Early this afternoon my wife, Patty, will undergo the same procedure. Her symptoms were similar to mine from time to time. The distinct features of her pain forced us to consider other possibilities. After about three years and intensifying pain – yes, my wife has a high pain tolerance – we finally visited Dr. Smith. After a “discogram” we learned  her pain was indeed caused by either a collapsed or bulging disc.

While everyone is different we are optimistic she will recover with little to no pain as I have. If you think about it today offer your prayers, send your thoughts or just think of us.