When it rains, it pours.
B's call came when we
were up in Big Bear. Hours later, when we were back in the
flatlands, we received word from J that our civic club friend, K *,
had a seizure. To and fro as we are, we are not the easiest to
get hold of, so thank goodness for J's email and we were able to
immediately dispatch our prayers for K.
* I shall use
initials to preserve others' privacy.
All day, K's mysterious
seizure weighed heavily on my mind. K is one of our
hardest-working and most revered kupuna (elders), a kanaka
makua, in seemingly excellent health at the
installation luncheon. K and his wife, K, are among the
richest people on Earth; their wealth in Aloha, respect and
admiration, friendships, and blessings is overflowingly prodigious.
What a relief it was to
receive this email from K's wife:
Update: K has a
tangerine size mass -- "tumor or whatever" -- in his right
frontal lobe - if one had to have a mass, it's better at this
location that in back of his brain. However, a biopsy is
imperative and he will have a repeat MRI tomorrow afternoon followed
by a craniotomy: a window cut into his skull and a small tissue
He has been running a
fever since the seizure incident, this mass may be an abscess, if so
the abscess will be drained and bone flap returned and scalp sutured
and he'll have a headache for a day or so....he is now in cardiac
ICU for close monitoring for surgery, then returned to neuro ICU.
We've been pleased with his caregivers, he has a panel of five
physicians, and we are overwhelmed by friends and prayers
Ke Akua has blessed us
with so many gifts. We just ask for one more, that he blesses
the hands that perform the surgery....K is better, carrying on
conversations throughout this evening, less restless and now seems
in control of the situation. Even asked about the meeting and
our school project. So we will have to wait another day
till we know just what to expect.
Mahalo for all of your
calls, prayers and well wishes....mahalo for Js new electronic phone
tree...what a blessing it is to let all of our friends know
instantly what's happening.
Please remember Maile in
your prayers, along with Richard whose cancer has extended to his
bones. May Ke Akua Bless and Keep YOU and your `ohana well and
in good spirits....we will be in touch!
"The Fragrance", The Boys, Dad "resting from his
holoholo with J", and K, "awake and ready for whateva
What a beautiful and
thoughtful note, full of bravery, cheer, mahalo, Aloha, and concern
for others. I shall include Maile and Richard in my
prayers. I know who Maile is and I don't know who Richard is,
but I shall include them in my prayers. God knows who they are...
the sun smiles upon a rain shower, a rainbow appears.
Without challenges, there would be no triumphs."
following this online saga, please keep B in your prayers, as well
as adding K to them. God know who they are. Mahalo.
Update on yesterday's
"There's proof that I do have a brain," B joked, as I
looked at her CAT
scans. "See, it's not at all empty inside."
thought, as I smiled back, impressed with her humor. "And that
out of the mouth of one of
the most intelligent persons I know. She gets the
Self-Deprecation Award for the day."
As I held the CAT scans to
the light, lo and behold, I spotted that nut-sized tumor,
plain as day. It was a surreal
experience. Not at all sinister-looking, it was nestled snugly against the
left lateral wall of her cranium. B will be going in for an MRI tomorrow (the
testing center postponed it for a
day), and I will be with her in my mind, heart, spirit and
I will bathe her in
Other than a colleague's
husband's bout with and recovery from brain cancer over fifteen years
ago, I haven't personally known of any one with primary brain
lesions. In ONE day -- actually in the space of hours -- I now have two friends with them: B
I will keep my thoughts
positive and my trust intact. I grew up in one
of the rainiest places on Earth, and we considered rain as a fortuitous
from God. We Hawai`i folks even refer to our rain as "liquid sunshine."
Henceforth, I am thinking of this rain of
synchronistic events as blessings. It may be
raining, and I trust it is Heaven pouring down its blessings.
I will look for rainbows.
rain, there would be no rainbows."
"Life is a Gift."
only gift is a portion of thyself..."
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson
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