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Sixteen months of Storms, Part 13

Jon Altman Olctob5uiet98r 2po2,c3ns8agcrc 2018  ยท Shared with Public As I said, the research nurse at MD Anderson had said that Lynette needed to be back at her November 13 “baseline” of self-care and mobility in order to participate in the clinical … Continue reading

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Clergy Appreciation 4

Clergy Appreciation Month 4: There is, of course, just one clergy who lived with me for 35 years, gave birth to our two children, and was partner with me in raising them. Lynette was able to sit for an interview … Continue reading

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Clergy Appreciation 3

Clergy Appreciation Month 3: Lynette had not had an appointment during my first year, but made the decision to pursue ordination and an appointment during that year. We were appointed to an unusual “Inner City Parish” appointment in Meridian, along … Continue reading

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Clergy Appreciation 2

Clergy Appreciation Month 2: In 1986, with a newly conferred Master of Divinity degree, I was appointed to a church in south central Mississippi with “great potential.” I was not yet fluent in “DS Speak,” so I didn’t know what … Continue reading

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Clergy Appreciation

Clergy Appreciation Month: Following the lead of several others, I’m writing to acknowledge the clergy who have shaped me. I came to Millsaps as a “cradle roll” Baptist, expecting to become an English teacher. I signed up for a course … Continue reading

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Sixteen Months of Storms, Part 12

Horiana Grosu: As I mentioned, Lynette had been complaining of coughing and shortness of breath in September. The fluid on her lungs revealed by the October 31 chest CT seemed to give us a reason. We saw Dr. Horiana Grosu … Continue reading

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Sixteen Months of Storms, Part 11

Gamma knife: A gamma knife delivers a focused dose of radiation to a precise spot on the brain. A neursurgeon places a “halo” on the patient that helps guide the radiation oncologist in “aiming” the “knife.” (If there are any … Continue reading

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Sixteen Months of Storms, Part 10

Back to the clinical story: Lynette was scheduled for a CT and for an MRI of the head on Tuesday, October 31. She had had an MRI of the head in July of 2017. She didn’t like it. The procedure … Continue reading

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Sixteen Months of Storms, Part 9

A couple of notes about the “home front” while we were going to Houston. Lynette’ sister Guyanne Little Hargrove, the people of Rexford United Methodist Church, and the attendees at the south Rankin/Simpson County Charge Conference on October 29 shared … Continue reading

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Sixteen Months of Storms Part 8

o, we returned from MD Anderson on Thursday, October 4, 2017 with questions. We had a copy of the research protocol. Lynette had appointments with her UMMC doctors on October 19. We wanted to be sure that this was indeed … Continue reading

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