Archive | February, 2010

Taking our game up a notch

28 Feb

Finishing my mini-blog from Wednesday afternoon … Yes, sometimes I do think I would be less disappointed in people if I lowered my expectations. Sometimes I DO set them too high. But what can we do about all of this??

We take our game up a notch!! We LOVE in spite of what happens! We CONTINUE follow the Golden Rule (Do unto others as you would have them do unto you) and we take it up a notch (as Christ desires). WE TREAT THEM BETTER THAN WE EXPECT TO BE TREATED!!
That is the answer! That is the ONLY ANSWER!
Are YOU ready to take your game up a notch?

Figured something out about myself

24 Feb

One of the complexities in the psyche of David Raymond Wike is that I am a middle child. That DOES mean it is in my nature to try to make sure EVERYONE is happy. Sometimes I get burned because of that.

And the flip side of that coin is this: I really do try my best to put people first and feel rotten when I am not able to do that. But there are people in this world that do NOT share that philosophy, and do not care how others perceive them, and don’t really mind leveling those around them.
And I have a difficult time with that. I am not perfect, but I really do try to treat others well. I am learning that just because I do that doesn’t mean I can expect others to do the same.
And it took me 43 years to learn that. So, I guess I am hard-headed, too!

Vince Carter’s 86-foot shot

24 Feb

Our last and only shot

24 Feb

Here is it, for what it’s worth:

I was shocked, to say the least, at how much Dad has regressed in the past two weeks. His balance is so bad that he hasn’t walked in the last three days. He is now dragging his feet again. Mentally he gets mixed reviews … I don’t think he is as sharp as he was, but the speech therapist says his memory is getting better every day … That is the one bright spot of this!
What all of this says to me, and Dr Nelson as well, is the NPH symptoms have returned. We knew this would happen, we just didn’t know when. So yesterday we discussed a lumbar drain, which Dr Nelson feels will be safer and the risk of subdurals won’t be as great (I don’t understand why, but again, I am NOT a neurosurgeon). But I agree 100% that we should do this. We asked him what our prognosis is … He said if this works, and there is NO REASON it shouldn’t, the prognosis is great: Dad should walk again and recover more!! If not, well this is our last shot. There really is nothing more we can do.
So, with all of that typed, we have much riding on this next surgery. And we are doing it on MONDAY. According to Dr Nelson, we should only be in the hospital for two days and be back at rehab by Wednesday.
All I can ask is please pray!

Most recent update

22 Feb

Here is what’s going on in the world of DW …

Dad is making very slow progress. But progress is good. He does seem to be leaning to the right a good bit. We have an appointment with the neurosurgeon TOMORROW that I will drive up for to discuss what we need to do about NPH. The condition still exists and could be having some affect on his rehab. The question is, what can we do?? Removing the fluid is what ultimately CAUSED the subdural hematomas!!!
Things at EBC are going well. Personnel is working hard to help us get some things in order. When we do hire a church administrator, things will change significantly for the staff. I hope everyone is ready for that …

Where have I been???

18 Feb

Yeah, I know. It’s been a while. For a little update, Dad is doing better daily. Still in rehab hospital. He did have a fall last Thursday, but seems to be fine from it. We still don’t have a timeframe for when he might be released.

The past few weeks have been non-stop. No real downtime at all. Most recently, Ebenezer had a deacon’s retreat at the beach this past weekend (in the SNOW!!) and then on Monday it was off to Ridgecrest Conference Center for the Worship Arts Technology Summit.
WATS was very impressive. They brought in the big dogs from SHURE, YAMAHA, and a variety of other companies who serve churches with technology. And these guys taught us, listened to us, spent one-on-one time talking about OUR technology issues. It really was great!! Like a thirsty man standing in front of a fire hydrant, it was overwhelming at times. But we all came back with tons of ideas and resources.
Now, to get things ready for Sunday and try to get some rest so this cold I’ve had for a week now will completely go away!!

Tom Hanks and Dan Ackroyd RAPPING???

14 Feb

Just finished watching a favorite 80’s movie of mine that the critics overlooked … Dragnet (1987). As the movie finished, I was reminded of the theme song that was rapped by Ackroyd and Hanks … Check it out!!!