What's In This Blog

I created this blog for my journal. I am a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. In this blog I keep many of the things I come across as a member of the church. I also share my experiences on the ACE Train and getting to work, my experiences in Manteca where we have lived for three years, and other things I think are noticeable.

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Health As I See It: Henoch-Schonlein Purpura (HSP)

Tony has been free of this nasty stuff for over nine months.  

This is an illness I had never heard of, and now I do as it has touched my family.  So for information purposes I offer a couple websites, because this illness is very strange, and we were really worried until we had some idea of what was going on.
HSP has some very different symptoms, swelling, arthritis and rash.  The pain is usually in joints in the extremities.  The rash is usually on the legs and butt.  Swelling is in the joints.
Who would think these things came together? It is the rash which makes diagnosis definite.  However it is not the usual type of rash.  It is sort of a cross between a rash an bruising.  It is caused by the capillaries leaking.  The illness usually effects children.  It is more common in boys than girls.  Adult onset of the illness can be much more severe.
It is relatively rare, and even though doctors know of this ailment, treatments a pretty much non existent other than to treat for pain.  there are some things to keep an eye on with this condition.  These are the kidneys and the intestines.  If the ailment effects these areas then it can cause long terms effects.
All symptoms seem to be caused by a weakening of the capillaries.  Although the cause of the ailment is not known, the best guess is that the body's immune system is over stimulated (as a reaction to an infection or a medication) and begins to attack the body.  It takes a while for the body to turn this off, 2-6 weeks.  It usually goes away.  However it can come back with other bouts, but usually not as severe.

Jesus Raises The Son of The Widow of Nain

I don't know why I had missed this story, but there it is in Luke.  Jesus demonstrated his power over death more frequently than I had imagined.

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Parables of Jesus: Parable of the Wheat & Tares, Mustard Seed, and Leaven

Thee parable presented, all dealing with the Kingdom of Heaven and the judgement.  First the Wheat and tares, then the mustard seed, and then leaven bread.  the last two deal with the growth which comes through the Kingdom of Heaven, while the first deals with the judgment.  From the mustard seed, as from the leaven we learn that by small means great thing take place.  The mustard plant will be a resting place for birds, just as we when touched by the gospel become a resting place for others through service.  Leaven works on the inside, on the heart.  But we can see the effect in the rising of the dough.  The entire loaf is effected by the leaven.

Jesus Raises the Daughter of Jairus

Jesus shows his mastery over death by raising a girl from the dead.  Those who giggle when he pronounces "she is not dead" he asks to leave.  He wanted only those with faith to be present.

Monday, January 9, 2017

Weekend Report: Dominated by Cancer and then Hospital

This has been a different weekend.  It started Friday with me staying home for Fred Zepeda's funeral.  He passed away from caner, exactly a year after my sister passed away.  Last year Sheri and I traveled to Boise for her funeral.  This year I stayed home for Fred's funeral.  Friday also Sheri returned home from her trip taking Miranda to school.  I convinced her to come home a day early because of impending storm.  Saturday I went to the movie "A Monster Calls" which was about cancer.
Saturday we also had stake conference adult session, with Anna coming over to watch Tony.  We saw heather briefly at the conference, but she was taking off after to go to Fremont with friends who were to give her a ride the next day to the airport.
Sunday made a year since my sister's funeral.  She died of esophageal cancer.  Sunday was a continuation of stake conference.  I sang in the choir like usual.  It was very fun.  Conference was very good.  Weatherford T. Clayton of the seventy presided.  Dianna came over after conference, as did Jeremy and family.
 Jeremy came to our house with Baby Asher, and Sheri sent them to the hospital because he wasn't breathing very well.  Turns out he has RSV which has contributed to his having pneumonia.  Asher is about ten months old so right on the edge of the vulnerable age.  He is now getting oxygen and having his fluids monitored.
We went to visit, Oakland USF pediatric Hospital, and upon coming home, picked up the boys at Charity's.  My temporary crown fell out.  So Monday I was at the dentist instead of going to work.  Fortunately the new permanent crown was in, and I was able to complete this round of dental work, two root canals and one crown.