“Can I See Some I.D.?”

April 12, 2003 at age 19 is when I wrote this poem for the pediatric infectious disease doctor. Dr. Blackwood had an immense likability factor and even made silly animal noises to entertain his youngest patients. He gave me the “assignment” of writing this poem with certain phrases included like “babbling brook” and “towering oak tree,” which was really fun for me, which was important because finding laughs during grueling cancer treatment is a true lifesaver. (Like Dr. Blackwood in this poem, my nephew in this video below is talented at making animal sounds.)

On Saturday morning I met a new doc,

Who entered my room around 10 o’clock.

I could tell that his intelligence was by no means dim,

As he allowed me to call him Jason and not Dr. Kim.

After a quick consult where Jason asked all that he could,

He returned with attending Dr. Blackwood.

I’m certain Dr. Blackwood thoroughly completed his rounds,

With exams consisting of various animal sounds.

He listened to my heart and at my skin took a good look,

With mannerisms as pleasant as a clear, babbling brook.

His wisdom was great, as far as I could see,

No doubt extending higher than a towering oak tree.

These pediatric partners who specialize in Infectious Disease,

Have great personalities that certainly please.

Meows of kittens, frog ribbits, and horses whinnying make doctor visits fun,

And so do Scooby Doo imitations by Jason who wouldn’t be outdone.

Overall I was happy with the consult in Room 92,

Although I failed to ask if Dr. Blackwood could muster up a good “moo.”

Hopefully a diagnosis will soon be given to me,

Maybe even from the two delightful docs from I.D.


*** 6-30-14 NOTE: The final stanza in the poem is referring to another of my innumerable illnesses that surfaced throughout my years of cancer treatment that mystified all the types of physicians in the hospital. Not one doctor knew what I was afflicted with. ***

Sharing on Sunday

“A dream you don’t have to fight for isn’t a dream – it’s a nap. One changes your afternoon. The other changes your world. Keep fighting.”

“Gossip is the devil’s radio – don’t be his DJ.”

– Two Lines I Really Like from speaker Jon Acuff

Just-For-Fun Saturday

Unlike my handsome little nephew, try to read this without smiling!

Unlike my handsome little nephew, try to read this without smiling!

These comical comments were sent to me by my fabulous friend Jim who attends the same church. I’m unaware of the original author to give credit. (See you in the morning at NorthRidge Church, Jim!)


My inconclusive travel plans for 2013


I have been in many places, but I’ve never been in Cahoots. Apparently, you can’t go alone. You have to be in Cahoots with someone.

I’ve also never been in Cognito. I hear no one recognizes you there.

I have, however, been in Sane. They don’t have an airport; you have to be driven there. I have made several trips there, thanks to my friends, family and work. I would like to go to Conclusions, but you have to jump, and I’m not too much on physical activity anymore.

I have also been in Doubt. That is a sad place to go, and I try not to visit there too often.

I’ve been in Flexible, but only when it was very important to stand firm.

Sometimes I’m in Capable, and I go there more often as I’m getting older.

One of my favorite places to be is in Suspense! It really gets the adrenalin flowing and pumps up the old heart! At my age I need all the stimuli I can get!

I may have been in Continent, but I don’t remember what country I was in. It’s an age thing. They tell me it is very wet and damp there.


Let God map out your route!

Let God map out your route.

God can’t steer a parked car.”

– spoken at NorthRidge Church on June 22 by guest speaker Phil Vischer, an American animator, puppeteer, writer, voice actor & songwriter known for creating the computer-animated video series VeggieTales alongside Mike Narwocki

In other words, Get up & Go so that God can lead you in the right direction.

“Why Healthy People Should Donate Blood” (speech from college)

The following is a Persuasive Speech assigned in speech class in college. The students were supposed to choose a subject “near and dear to their heart” so I decided on blood donation because it’s saved my life many times and I want more people to roll up their sleeve & donate!

Each year, the University of Michigan Hospital administers approximately 35,000 units of red blood cells. This blood is given to all types of people who suffer from low blood counts due to an array of health problems and thus require blood products from other human beings in order to recover and overcome their particular ailment. Whether they have been involved in a serious car accident, are a cancer patient, or the victim of a national disaster, receiving blood is essential in their healing process.

Willing and eligible blood donors are crucial for hospital patients to receive the several kinds of blood transfusions, which provide many benefits: they prevent further weakening, aid in recovery, as well as help patients feel stronger and be at less risk for fainting, bruising, and excessive bleeding. Unbeknownst to many people who are eligible but inactive donors, just one visit to a clinic to donate blood will have a positive and beneficial impact on the recipient. Therefore, healthy people who are eligible to donate their blood should regularly visit a local clinic to roll up their sleeve, offer their time and blood, and ultimately, help save lives.

Donations from the most people possible is imperative, and creates better chances for people with rare blood types to find a match. Only one donor is needed for a single red blood cell transfusion. Platelets, another blood product often transfused, require five donors for only one transfusion to occur. Red blood cells, platelets, and fresh frozen plasma are three of the most commonly transfused products. In addition to helping ill people simply regain normal blood counts, people who donate their blood products to unknown recipients are also providing them with another chance to fully recover and begin life with newfound strength and appreciation. Scheduling an appointment for a blood donation requires a minute amount of time. The actual process of donating blood takes only an hour.

Furthermore, donations are extremely safe for the donor, with the most common risks being minor problems such as soreness at the site the blood was collected or a slight drop in the hemoglobin, or amount of red blood cells. People, then, should become regular blood donors to help improve the health status and recovery of ailing recipients. Healthy people must remember that each day, due to a multitude of reasons, large amounts of blood products are needed for the stabilizing and recuperation of patients worldwide. So not only should healthy people maintain their own well-being, if possible they should take advantage of their excellent condition to help provide sick people with a boost by donating blood.

Blood donation gives people energy to live. I could never have enjoyed this vacation without crucial blood products helping restore my strength and health.

Blood donation helps restore people’s energy and health to live. I never could have enjoyed this vacation without crucial blood products helping restore my own strength and health status.

He “Nose” Best

Nothing More Than Paperwork from Today's Appointment

Nothing More Than Paperwork from Today’s Appointment

“Did you ever break your nose?” asked the friendly doctor at the U of M Otolaryngology Sinus clinic I saw at my 11:00 appointment this morning. “It looks like something like a fall on your face or nose happened.”

As I ransacked my brain quickly for possible face-falling injures during my pre-cancer diagnosis at a time when I was extremely athletic – basketball, track, swimming, tennis – I couldn’t think of anything. “A basketball probably hit me in the face some time,” I speculated.

Then, WHAM! A lightswitch flicked on & instantly infused my mind with a memory.

“I fell & landed face-first on my nose running home in elementary school one day,” I recalled, “in third grade. I got a big red mark in the middle of my nose where it hit the cement. My cousin called me Rudolph. ”

“You have a deviated septum,” the doctor informed me. Later online research told me that a deviated septum is a condition in which the thin wall (called the nasal septum) between your nostrils is significantly off center or crooked. The most frequent cause of a deviated septum, a category which I fall into, is impact trauma, such as a blow to the face.

“Do I need a nose job?”

“No,” came the reply. Essentially, the doctor explained surgery for my particular case, which didn’t include breathing difficulty or any other adverse symptoms, was unnecessary.

Thank goodness! So, one more thing to add to my already exceedingly long list of health issues. Looking at the bright side, though: despite a long wait to finally see the physician, my even longer – I’m talking over 20 years – unanswered question of “Why is my nose crooked?” was FINALLY answered!

What does that mean? You may go someplace expecting one outcome (like me at the doctor appointment expecting only a simple sinus check-up) & be surprised to learn something (not necessarily health-related, of course) unexpected & completely new! . . . In hindsight, maybe this isn’t the coolest example of learning something new being fun & exciting, but hey, what can you do?

“On days when y…

“On days when your plans are thwarted, be on the lookout for Me! I may be doing something important in your life, something quite different from what you expected . . . Simply trust Me and thank Me in advance for the good that will come out of it all.”

– Right On the Money with this quote in the Jesus Calling devotional by Sarah Young

Boy, were these quoted sequence of sentences written with me in mind? Nowadays it’s so easy for me to become grumpy at the drop of a hat upon being faced with difficulty, either expected or not.

Being armed by having Jesus at the front of my mind, however, which most often is achieved by consciously giving Jesus the thumbs up every morning to accompany me throughout the entire day, helps tremendously.

With Jesus on your mind, you’ll act better in a bind.