It’s hard to believe it has been nearly a year and a half since I wrote for this blog. A lot has happened and I guess I should explain that absence and what y’all can expect from me going forward.
In September 2016, Ranae and I went on a vacation in Colorado. We rented an Jeep Rubicon and went 4×4 off-roading in the mountains near Creed. It was a lot of fun, but I overdid it just a bit. I felt like I pulled a muscle in my groin.
After returning home to Texas, on the morning of September 17th, 2016, I literally crawled from my bed and managed to drive myself to the emergency room. Something was wrong. Very wrong.
When I made it to the little country hospital nearest me, I was pretty much ready for someone to shoot me. The pain was so intense.
Much to my surprise, the little country hospital didn’t have a radiologist on duty that day. The doctor said I needed to go to a bigger hospital in Waco which was about 70 miles away. He wanted to send me by ambulance, but I wanted to drive. Ranae was in Waco but a nephew brought her to the country hospital and then she drove me back to Waco to go to the bigger hospital.
It was a long day of numerous scans and tests. I had multiple CT Scans, an MRI and two ultrasounds. By the end of the day, the emergency room doctor walked in to deliver the horrible news…. I had indeed pulled a groin muscle and that was what was causing all the pain. But the really bad news was they found bi-lateral renal cell carcinoma (kidney cancer on both kidneys).
The emergency room doctor was a joke really. He gave all sorts of bad information to us. He said I would have only a 50:50 chance of making it to Christmas. He said to prepare for chemo and radiation as well as alert the family. He even called my son for me and delivered that bleak outlook!!
We didn’t know the doctor was full of baloney and went with his suggestion. He admitted me to the hospital and we met with the urologist/oncologist the next afternoon. We were not impressed with him either. Although he did tell us what we had already learned online… that renal cell carcinoma is not a killer if found early. They simply remove it that’s that. We still had an uneasy feeling about him though.
We reached out to our friends on Facebook and told the news. Then the biggest blessing ever came our way. A friend was a high ranking executive at a major hospital chain. He wanted to put things in motion to get me in to see the urologist / oncologist chief at his hospital. That was an amazing turn of events. We met Dr. C and suddenly had a great peace about the whole ordeal.
I had my first surgery on October 19th. It was a robotic surgery and they took about forty-five percent of my right kidney. The surgery was a raging success. There were some complications after surgery but they were manageable.
The second robotic surgery was done on February 9th, 2017. While he surgery went well, somehow I got injured during that surgery. I suffered four herniated discs and lost most feeling in my left leg above the knee. I dealt with that incapacitating situation for most of the summer and finally had another surgery on September 1st, 2017 to fix that. Numerous nerves in my spinal column had to be cut in order to fix me. The result… I walk better; feel better and more like my old self. I still have issues with feeling above my left knee but that’s unlikely to ever get better apparently.
So that’s what’s been going on around here.
I miss writing this blog so I am returning to it this year. I used to have numerous newspapers publish the blog each week. It was fun, but it was always stressful having to write each and every week. Not to mention, some of the editors were unreasonable and made it unpleasant at times.
The new blog will just be online at http://AccordingToVern.com Please also check out the http://facebook.com/accordingtovern page as well. I won’t commit to writing every week, but I will try to do two or three posts per month. I enjoy writing and that’s about the amount of time I have for such endeavors.
I would love to hear from you with regards to what you would like me to write about. I see so many online homestead type sites that I really don’t think I will go that route. While Ranae and I live a different type of lifestyle than most people would be willing to, we are not off-grid. We are not full self-sufficient yet. We are not a full homestead type operation. We use a great deal of technology here and have had to overcome a lot of issues about being “out here in the sticks” so I think I am just going to share more of what life is like for us out here. Expect a lot more articles about technology and its uses in this type of lifestyle as well.
We will see how it goes. I think you will enjoy it, so please stick around and please share the two urls above with your friends.
Vern Six is a freelance computer programmer and entrepreneur. He is a United States Army certified survival expert and former full-time Christian missionary having lived in Guatemala helping spread God’s word. Vern has been a hobby blogger for nearly seven years. You can learn more about Vern by visiting his website at http://AccordingToVern.com or by visiting the the Facebook fan page at http://facebook.com/accordingtovern