Tuesday, February 25, 2020

PLAN YOUR WORK AND WORK YOUR PLAN!


My Dad always told me to “Plan your work and work your plan.” Sounds good, right? That great advice didn’t really work out for me – at least NOT like I planned it!

In my last blog, I said I was going to the USA to visit my family in 4 different states and visit some supporting Churches, right? That’s about all that worked out! Let me tell you a little bit of the “rest of the story!”

I arrived in the Dallas, TX late December 2nd where my oldest daughter, Jenise and family live. On the 6th, I saw my new hip doctor for I needed a hip replacement. He sent me to a family Dr. to get an EKG, x-rays and blood tests. The EKG showed something abnormal in the left part of my heart. I was going to stay with Jenise through the hip surgery – that now cannot happen because of the heart. So Jenise & I decided that I should see the rest of the family and then come back for the hip surgery after I got the heart thing straightened out! Not quite how it worked out! I had a great time with Jenise, but my time there was too short.

I flew to Janessa, my youngest and family in Bettendorf, IA and I would get the stress test done there. Easier said than done! I was there a little over 3 weeks and finally got the stress test done – not good results. I did have a wonderful Christmas time with Janessa and family, but now I had to move on.
From IA I fly to York, NE to be with my youngest son Ben and family. I also had made an appointment with a Cardiologist in Lincoln, about 45 miles from Ben. The Dr. told me that I had blockages in the 3 main arteries and that 2 of those needed help. There was blockage of 80% and 90%. On January 24th I had 2 stents put into my heart. While in Nebraska for 5 weeks, I also spent about a week and half with natural path Dr. doing some treatments on my heart, lymph system and liver. I am thankful that I did that and feel it was of great benefit! While with the family, I again had a great time with the family even with all the heart stuff I had to do!

On February 13th I flew into Spokane, WA to visit supporting and overseeing Churches. This was a wonderful time of renewing old friendships in Spokane, Ephrata and Cashmere. On Sunday afternoon I met up with my oldest son, Douglas Jr. and family! I’ll be here for 10 days and fly back to TX on March 5th. I know that I will be blessed here too.

I will see my hip Dr. on the 6th, get a shot in my hip for pain on the 10th, fly back to Ukraine on the 11th and arrive back in Kremenchuk on the 12th! I’ll have to wait at least 6 months to a year before I can have the hip replaced because of my heart. I would really appreciate your prayers!

The work in Kremenchuk has done very well while I have been gone! I’m so proud of Artur our preacher, Olya and Yulya our teachers and my co-worker Michael! Michael arrived back in Kremenchuk mid-January and will leave on March 12th. Unfortunately, we will not see each other! They have been doing such a great work and I’m excited to be back in the mix very soon!