Baby Magic

I must admit the last few weeks have been very difficult for me. As I have mentioned previously, I struggle at times with depression and anxiety. These feelings have been amplified by the events that are occurring throughout the world today. It is difficult to stay positive when the lives of many are crumbling onContinue reading “Baby Magic”

A Hydrocephalus Thanksgiving

As I’ve mentioned before in earlier blog posts, besides being born with spina bifida, I was also born with hydrocephalus. This is a condition that causes cerebrospinal fluid to build up on the brain. To drain this fluid, a shunt often has to be placed in a person’s head. This shunt allows the excess fluidContinue reading “A Hydrocephalus Thanksgiving”

2 + 2 = 4…or is it 5?

According to spinabifida.org “more than 10 million people worldwide have spina bifida.” Of those 10 million individuals, “approximately 90%” also have a disorder known as hydrocephalus. This disorder results in a disruption “in the flow of cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) through the pathways of the ventricles of the brain.” This abnormal flow of CSF “causes pressureContinue reading “2 + 2 = 4…or is it 5?”

The House Call

Growing up I received some of the best medical care that was available for people who were born with spina bifida. I was fortunate to live just a couple of hours west of Chicago, which was home to Children’s Memorial Hospital. If you have read some of my earlier posts, you might recall my fondnessContinue reading “The House Call”

Roger That!

In a few previous posts I have written about my time at Children’s Memorial Hospital in Chicago, Illinois.  It perhaps is a place that I could write dozens of stories about, as there were all kinds of people that I met there as a young boy.  I was exposed to individuals from various ethnicities, religions,Continue reading “Roger That!”

A Mother’s Perspective

For today’s post I asked my mother to contribute a story in which she gives her perspective on raising a child with spina bifida. What follows is her story. “Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord, The fruit of the womb is a reward.” (Psalm 127:3 NKJ) On March 13,1977 the Lord blessed my husband Tom and me withContinue reading “A Mother’s Perspective”

Providence

My life is but a weaving between my God and me. I cannot choose the colors He weaveth steadily Oft’ times He weaveth sorrow;And I in foolish pride Forget He sees the upper And I the underside.Not ’til the loom is silent And the shuttles cease to fly Will God unroll the canvas And reveal the reason why.  – CorrieContinue reading “Providence”

Put the Crippled Kid up Front…

Thanks for joining me! “Always laugh when you can. It is cheap medicine.” — Lord Byron Writing a blog is an idea that I have had for quite some time. However, I have always hesitated because I was not sure anyone would be interested in anything that I have to say. Then, it occurred toContinue reading “Put the Crippled Kid up Front…”