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Faces in the Carpet and Where Is that Children’s Choir?

Thursday morning was a bummer, but Thursday afternoon was awesome. JP, one of the lacrosse dads who plays an essential role in administration for the Oak Park Boys Lacrosse Program, came by with a car load of the seniors from … Continue reading

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Raspberry Cookies and the Baby Smile Nasal Aspirator

Having been in the hospital for the better part of a week, there were two things that made me nervous about coming home.  The first was the actual ride home.  Part of the surgery had involved cutting through some of … Continue reading

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Surgical Buyer’s Regret, an Eclipse, and The Reluctant Widow

The Neurological Care Unit was much quieter than the ICU. Fewer beeps and buzzes.  And fewer agitated patients – perhaps we were simply a more pharmacologically stabilized bunch. For me, the two days I spent in this new unit were … Continue reading

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Saying Goodbye to the ICU

By my third day in the ICU I was probably about as comfortable there as one could be.  I knew all of the nurses, the various doctors who would come through at least twice a day to check my vitals … Continue reading

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Even More ICU Adventures: The X-Ray Swallow Test

The morning of the eighteenth finally arrived. The night had been perfectly awful and I had been so focused on trying to swallow that I hadn’t slept much – if in fact I had slept at all. This morning Kerrie … Continue reading

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More Adventures in the ICU: No I will NOT go out this way – WHERE IS THAT SUCTION TUBE!

The speech therapist who came on the seventeenth shortly after my surgeon visited returned later that same day.  I was currently on IV fluids and had a feeding tube running up my nose and then down the back of my … Continue reading

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Adventures in the ICU: The Bare-Assed Pastor on Floor Five

The ICU was a place of highs and lows, breakthroughs and frustrations, education and resolve. I have always been something of a thrasher when I sleep.  This is enough of a problem when the most significant consequence of my tossing … Continue reading

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Brain Surgery Part 2: What Went Wrong?

Hands and voices everywhere.  Quietly – “Let’s lift, two, and three…” The left side of my body was being swabbed with something wet.  Not cold or warm, just wet.  “Mr. Bjerkaas? Mr. Bjerkaas?  Can you hear me?”  Unhhh… “Let’s turn … Continue reading

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Brain Surgery: An Ordeal Remembered

So, about that brain surgery…. As many of you who are friends and family have heard in bits and pieces, all did not go exactly as planned.  It was two weeks ago tomorrow that Kerrie, the kids and I rolled … Continue reading

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An Audacious Prayer: Psalm 126:4

As those of you who subscribe to this blog – and others who read it regularly may have noticed, I have not been writing much lately.  As a matter of fact, beyond my basic pastoral duties I have really not … Continue reading

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