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!!!

Valentine’s Day Trivia

11 Feb

(Courtesy of

~ 73% of people who buy flowers for Valentine’s Day are men, while only 27 percent are women.

~ 15% of U.S. women send themselves flowers on Valentine’s Day.

~ About 1 billion Valentine’s Day cards are exchanged each year. That’s the largest seasonal card-sending occasion of the year, next to Christmas.

~ About 3% of pet owners will give Valentine’s Day gifts to their pets.

~ California produces 60 percent of American roses, but the vast number sold on Valentine’s Day in the United States are imported, mostly from South America. Approximately 110 million roses, the majority (red), will be sold and delivered within a three-day time period.

~ February 14, 270 A.D. : Roman Emperor Claudius II, dubbed “Claudius the Cruel,” beheaded a priest named Valentine for performing marriage ceremonies. Claudius II had outlawed marriages when Roman men began refusing to go to war in order to stay with their wives.

~ Hallmark has over 1330 different cards specifically for Valentine’s Day.

~ In the Middle Ages, young men and women drew names from a bowl to see who their valentines would be. They would wear these names on their sleeves for one week. To wear your heart on your sleeve now means that it is easy for other people to know how you are feeling.

~ In the United States, 64 percent of men do not make plans in advance for a romantic Valentine’s Day with their sweethearts.

~ Some people used to believe that if a woman saw a robin flying overhead on Valentine’s Day, it meant she would marry a sailor. If she saw a sparrow, she would marry a poor man and be very happy. If she saw a goldfinch, she would marry a millionaire.

~ Teachers will receive the most Valentine’s Day cards, followed by children, mothers, wives, and then, sweethearts. Children ages 6 to 10 exchange more than 650 million Valentine’s cards with teachers, classmates, and family members.

~ In the 17th century a hopeful maiden ate a hard-boiled egg and pinned five bay leaves to her pillow before going to sleep on Valentine’s eve. It was believed this would make her dream of her future husband.

~ The Empire State Building in New York City played a prominent role in the movie “Sleepless in Seattle.” Each year and average of 15 couples will take (or renew) their vows on the 80th floor of this famous landmark.

~ The Italian city of Verona, where Shakespeare’s lovers Romeo and Juliet lived, receives about 1,000 letters addressed to Juliet every Valentine’s Day.

~ The red rose was the favorite flower of Venus, the Roman goddess of love. Red stands for strong feelings which is why a red rose is a flower of love.

~ Valentine’s Day is big business. Consumers will spend an average of $77.43 on Valentine’s Day gifts this year. E-commerce retailers expect to rack up about $650 million in sales of food, candy, flowers, and other Valentine’s Day gifts. Of that amount about $350 million will be for gifts and flowers and another $45 million will be spent on food (including chocolate) and wine.

~ Wearing a wedding ring on the fourth finger of the left hand dates back to ancient Egypt, where it was believed that the vein of love ran from this finger directly to the heart.

~ Chocolate manufacturers currently use 40 percent of the world’s almonds and 20 percent of the world’s peanuts.

Reports from Dad’s Medical Team

11 Feb

Last week, Mom asked me if I could come up for a couple of doctor’s appointments today. I agreed and there were no problems with the plan until some kind of nasty cold body-slammed me last night. I went, but did not TOUCH them and kept my distance. And I hated to go, but Mom needed another set of ears and another brain with her. I could provide the ears, but … we needed a brain …

Dad’s neurosurgeon checked him out and said everything looks good. He wants to do another CT scan and then get together and talk about how we will tackle the NPH problem now that we don’t have the shunt in place. We knew that was coming and Dad is slowly starting to show some signs. But, all in all, it was a good visit (except for the fact that the medical transport people were WAYYYYY late picking us up)
We went back to rehab (The Cottages at Brushy Creek, part of the Greer campus of GHS). I made a short stop at Schlotski’s (sp??) since Dad missed lunch at the cottage. I think he like that roast beef sandwich better anyway …
After lunch, we met with the Care Team at the Cottage (a nurse rep, a PT rep, and the social worker). It seems Dad is making all A’s right now, but still no idea of when discharge might happen. A few more goals must be reached before we will talk about that!!! It IS good to hear that they are pleased with his progress, though!
Then, I got back in my car, drove back to Florence, and passed out. I’d already made arrangements for Bible study tonight and I don’t think anyone up there wants to catch what I have.
HOWEVER, if they do, tell them to come on over for a HUG!!!!

A Tribute to the Boy King

10 Feb