Carl's Condition

Here is a link to the blog for Carl. It was created by Carl and his family. It is no longer updated.

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Zachries Fetalt

Wann'je daut program hieren wellen, dann dreckt opp den Dotum nopp. Wann'je irjent Bemoikjungen haben, dann mott jie ieascht enn'registrieren.

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Here's an interview I did with Henry Rempel from the radio station in Aylmer Ontario. If any of you want to use this on your program, feel free to do so. If you want to pass it on to others, go for it. I will try and do this again in the near future.

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     On Saturday, I wrote an update and thought things were going pretty good. Oh sure, I had pain, oba daut wia goot uet'too'hoolen. Or in english, I thought I could easily handle the pain. Well, Sunday was even more fuerte. That's spanish for intense or very strong. I got up and sat or stood in order to get the muscles stretched, which I hoped would ease the pain. It was 10 a.m. when I resorted to more pills. Remember that, I have to be careful I don't take too many pain killers to close together. So that's why I need to watch the clock.
      Anyway, I stayed home from church and with the help of John Funk, we connected together on Skype and Esther and I, listened to the Blumenort Mennonite Church morning worship service. Esther was here with me and we listened to reading of the announcements, the Scripture and the message by Dave Rempel. It was neat to be able to be part of the BMC worship service in this way. I would like to do this again.
      At 11 a.m. I got a text from my son, who simply said "dad I love you". When he got home later I asked him why 11 a.m.? He said that when he left for Church, he had seen me in a lot of pain and so he had prayed for me. Rather than leave it at that, he decided to cheer me up by sending me a short text. It was awesome to tell him that it was at 11 a.m. that the pain began leaving my body and by the time our kids got home from church, my pain was under control and stayed that way for the rest of Sunday. Thank you Lord.
      Sunday afternoon was a calm and peaceful afternoon at our place. Matthew, Lisa and Kristina were also here in the afternoon and we had the opportunity to discuss the worship service, among other things. In the afternoon Matthew and Kristina watched the tennis playoff match between Nadal and Jokovich, while I read a book and wrote some letters on my MacBook. 
      I am thankful for the letters and phone calls that come to us. I'm still trying to figure out how best to handle the calls and when might be a good time to respond. One day last week Peter from Plum Coulee called and wanted to talk to me, but right when he called was not a good time. So I called him back the next day when I was a bit stronger, in less pain, and not so short of breath. He had time for me and it was good to connect again after many months.
     God is still at work in my life. He challenges me every day to trust in him; to not lean on my own understanding; to realize that his ways are higher than my ways and his thoughts higher than my thoughts; that His love is longer and wider, higher and deeper than I can fathom; and that HE loves me. Just read that verse for yourself in John 3:16.
     Well, that wraps things up for the weekend, on this 30th day of January. I'll try and post something back up here real soon.    Carl.


It’s Thursday afternoon and the pain has finally let up a bit. Anybody who has had pain, will know that when one is in pain, it becomes difficult to concentrate on doing. So that is how I came to sitting in my rocking chair and resting.
On the rocking chair, I have a heating blanket which warms my back nicely and helps the muscles from spasming. So I sit back and often I find that I’ve fallen asleep. That’s always a good feeling.

So let me get back to the beginning of the week and just update you briefly. On Tuesday Esther took me to Boundary Trails Hospital for the blood work and pick dressing change. This didn’t take very long, but needed to be done in preparation for the chemotherapy on Wednesday.
I had talked to my mom about dropping in for coffee and so after we were done at the hospital, we stopped in at Cedar Estates at my moms. John and Linda Funk were also there and so we got some visiting done with them too. Mr Hamm from next door, knocked on the door to say hi as well.
After we had had coffee we stopped in at the Senior Center to rent ourselves a walker, in order to be able to return the other one I have been using, to the hospital.

I never knew that there were so many different types of cancer, which require many different kinds of treatments. Some people do chemo treatment once every 3 weeks, but then they come to the cancer care center for 3 days in a row. Some people come once every 3 weeks, for one day of chemo. And so it goes.

Anyway, during my time at the Cancer Center on Wednesday, Ron Neisteter from Choice Realty dropped in and visited with me and it was good for me to hear about things happening outside of my small world. From him I heard about happenings in the business world, house construction, housing sales, and news happening in Winkler in general.
Then Wes Harder from Choice Realty dropped in and he too had questions for me, but also news about things happening in their lives. He said his mom and dad were in Paraguay at the moment and were looking forward to connecting with friends and family in Bergthal, Sommerfeld and else where.

Thanks to both of you, Ron and Wes, for your visit.

I have also had some visitors coming to our house. Thanks to you too. After a quick phone call, we can usually determine whether it will be a good time or not and usually we can make something work. In order for me to not get too tired, it’s good to keep the visit short.
I enjoy inviting visitors to come upstairs to see the room in the hayloft. The place where I have my records, tapes and CD’s and equipment to produce Radio programs. And usually this is where we can sit and visit for a bit. Generally after a half hour visit or so, it feels really good to me to get back to the living room, back into the rocking chair with the heating blanket on. It helps relax the back muscles and unwind.

And now, as I write this on Thursday, I am relaxing again at home. My mom dropped in shortly after noon and my mother in law came a bit later on. It’s been a good day. And the temperature outside is above Zero. For this time of year, at the end of January, it’s pretty amazing to have such mild temperatures. I sure enjoy the sun streaming in our windows.

I feel like God has been doing a miracle in my body and continues to. Like I said earlier, having pain is not fun. But in comparison to the pain I suffered in July of last year, I need to remind myself to be thankful and not complain. I want to give thanks to God for everything and continue to leave my life in God’s hands.
And like I’ve said many times before, when my eyes open in the morning and I begin to move, I thank God for another day in which to live and glorify Him.

I also give thanks to God for all of you who are in contact with me and my family, praying for us and being an encouragement.

Finally, thank you for your help financially. Here’s why. After the doctors said I could leave the hospital, we end up being responsible for much of our own medication costs. Some is still covered by Manitoba Health, but the pills and pain patches, are not cheap and wow, these are expenses which we will need to track carefully to make sure we have the necessary funds to cover those costs.
Esther has been working on setting up a book keeping system, whereby we’ll be able to follow the amount of money we are spending on our trips to the hospital as well as the medication we are using.

During the coming weeks, I will try and keep you posted on how things are going. God bless you all and keep you safe.      Shalom, Carl


So here is a short audio clip you are welcome to listen to, use on your local radio show. Use any part or parts of the show as fits on your program. If I find time and have the energy and strength to put something together again, I will do so. Enjoy your new year.  Carl

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