Don suffered from bad flu-like symptoms late last night/early this morning. He went to the emergency room at the UW Hospital in the morning. After a few tests and a lot of waiting, he is now settled in a room there, and they continue to look for the cause of his problems. They suspect clostridium difficile, a bacterial infection common in hospitals, which is particularly tough on people who have been on antibiotics for a period of time, as Don has.

This means he will not be able to travel to Prosser tomorrow for Zack/Sarah’s wedding, something he had really looked forward to. He is very thankful, however, that this did not happen to him while in Prosser for the wedding. As you all know from reading his blog yesterday (and watching his video blog), he felt so good yesterday. So it is quite a contrast tonight. But this journey of his has seen so many twists and turns, and this is just the latest one.

From the website visitor numbers, it is apparent that many of you went onto the blog site last night and today. A number of you wrote to Don as well. Please continue to write him your notes of encouragement and care. They will bring him your friendly presence while he is in the hospital fighting this latest infection.

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  1. Gary on June 15, 2007 8:22 pm

    Don, sorry to hear about this unexpected turn of events. I hope that you’ll be able to rest well and that the staff will be able to treat the infection quickly and effectively.

    I pray that the positive momentum in this battle will continue and increase, despite setbacks like this one. As you and your medical team fight this cancer, with the loving support of family and friends, please know that your beautiful, honest, and joyous spirit is an inspiration to so many.

  2. anitabraker on June 15, 2007 10:40 pm

    Don – Our thoughts and prayers contunue to be with you as you encounter this latest challenge. Your positive energy and open spirit will continue to sustain you as you continue on the healing path. We send our love.

  3. Dick Nelson on June 16, 2007 6:44 am

    Hey, I finally figured out to ‘leave a comment.’ I have never felt technologically challenged before, but HA, I cracked the code.

    I am so sorry you have had another infection. We (Meri, Steffen and I) have been following the ups and downs and so the new prayer will be; OK, Lord please give Don a little extended health and happiness. This one day feel good is tough on him and the whole ‘prayer community.’

    Keep up the inspiring blogs but get out of the hospital soon so we (your community of friends) can breath a collective sigh of relief.

    Dick

  4. rschottky on June 16, 2007 7:34 am

    Dearest Heather and family,
    You all are in our prayers as you continue this journey of twists and turns. May you continue to be fully convinced that God is behind each and every corner as well as beside you. Thanks for the blog-video. That was fabulous…
    We love you all,
    Rachel w/ Dave, DJ and Amber

  5. Marvin Fritzler on June 16, 2007 10:00 am

    Don:
    Marlene and I are continuing our prayers.
    Hope you are feeling better today.
    HE will carry you.
    Marv

  6. stan on June 16, 2007 10:14 am

    Indeed, as Gary has said it so well… keep up with your fine spirit and inspiration…. especially in dips….wonderful video blog, thanks …..Every one of us has a testimony and your’s shines through and through. Many others can really see God’s work in your life. Things happening in your life can only be explained as God. Sorry that you couldn’t make it to Prosser, which is what you like to do, but I am sure this is being used to its fullness. Charge on, soldier…..

  7. Micah on June 16, 2007 2:11 pm

    Don thanks for keeping the blog and I think the video is a great addition (so nice to hear your voice and see you!). I hope you got a great nights rest and are feeling better – I’m continuing to pray for you.

  8. art curtis on June 16, 2007 6:25 pm

    I am sorry to hear that you are back in the hospital. When I ran your video the other night I was interested in commenting on how much more effective the video is. Just as you mentioned. The body language in a video enhances the message dramatically. I am wishing you a quick recovery and hoping you are home soon.
    Art

  9. TerriCrowell on June 16, 2007 10:30 pm

    Don & Heather –
    I was just telling Mom how wonderful your surgery went Wednesday. We are so sorry you have had this set back. Know that we are thinking of you and praying for your quick recovery from this latest twist.

    Jim, Terri & Aunt Margo

  10. stan on June 16, 2007 11:26 pm

    Again, Don….Keep up with your Spirit and continue to be a light for us to reference to…..for His shake………

    have a great Father’s Day…..
    also, from “today”…..

    Learning To Stand
    by Os Hillman, June 17, 2007

    …”Stand firm and you will see the deliverance the Lord will bring you today….” – Exodus 14:13

    The Israelites had just left 400 years of slavery in Egypt. They had fled to the desert, but they had come to a dead end at the Red Sea. Word reached them that Pharaoh had changed his mind. He was sending his troops to recapture the Israelites. They cried out to their leader Moses, complaining that he had brought them that far only to die in the desert.

    Learning when to move and when to stand is the greatest challenge for a workplace believer. We are trained for action. We are not trained to sit idly and wait. We are trained to solve problems, not wait for them to resolve themselves. However, God says there are times to wait. We are to wait until He says go. If we go before He says go, we likely will make our situation worse. If the Israelites had attempted to cross the Red Sea before it parted, they would have drowned. If they had fled north to try to avoid the Egyptians, God would not have moved in a miraculous way. God cannot work on our behalf if we continually try to solve our problem when He has instructed us to stand still. Standing still is sometimes the greatest action we can do, although it is the most difficult thing to do in the Christian walk.

    Stand still when He says stand and see the deliverance of the Lord.

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