On depression and grace

23 February 2012

Another week and a half, another absence from the blog.  No matter how often this happens, I never seem to get used to it.

I know I should be more consistent with this.  For one, I have plenty of things to say.  For another, people seem to like them (or at least read them).  And I know the best way to “build traffic” to a blog is to post something, anything, every day.  So I know these long absences are working against my best interests.

And yet they still occur.  The reason they still occur, while simple to state, is not so simply remedied.  Basically, I find it hard to write when I’m depressed.

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The latest on Sean – the struggle continues …

12 February 2012

First (and last, and middle), thank you to everyone who has been praying for my son Sean for the last 2½ years in his battle against Leigh’s disease, and praying for us as we battle alongside him.  It’s been a long, hard, tiring struggle, and will continue to be one for … well, as long as it takes, I guess.  But we know that we wouldn’t have gotten this far without the help of God – or of our circle/cloud/polygon of friends who have stood by us in all this.

It’s been about four months since I last wrote, so I suspect you’re probably wondering what changes have taken place over that time.  And the answer is … well, not a heck of a lot, actually.

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The latest on Sean — rolling along (but not for long?)

15 October 2011

(The caption is a quote from rapper Chamillionaire’s song “Ridin’.”  Rest assured that it’s the first — and likely the last — time I’ll be quoting Chamillionaire on this blog.)

So I’m picking my son Sean up from school a couple of days ago, and I’m talking to his teacher, Mr. Cornelison, as I load his wheelchair into the back of our van.  (This is always a bit of low comedy, as we have a ramp we could use for that purpose — except there’s enough room in the van for the wheelchair OR the ramp, not both.  So I have to lever the chair up by getting the foot pedals up on the lip of the hatch, then using them as the fulcrum to bring up the rest of the chair.  Great for my arms, but it sure does look goony.  And sometimes the pedals slip, and I have to start all over …)

Anyway, Mr. Cornelison is watching my struggles, and he says something that absolutely floors me: “Ya know, ya don’t have to bring the wheelchair if you don’t want to — he doesn’t really need it here.”

If you were to ask me to sum up Sean’s continued recovery from the ravages of Leigh’s disease, in one sentence, I don’t think I could compose one better than that.  “Ya don’t have to bring the wheelchair if you don’t want to — he doesn’t really need it here.”

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The latest on Sean: full time and getting stronger

2 August 2011

For all of you who have been praying for my son Sean for the last two years in his continuing battle against Leigh’s disease, I want to give you my thanks.  I also want to apologize, as it has been five months since I’ve given you a full post on Sean’s condition.  Things have been busy here, but not THAT busy.  But now, with him in school full-time, I have extra time (and extra incentive) to fill you in on the happy details.

Yes, you read that right – Sean is now, finally, in school.  Not just home instruction; actual, six-hours-a-day, I-have-to-get-him-there-by-8-o’clock SCHOOL!  And therein lies a tale …

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A two-point sermon from my MP3 player

14 March 2011

I got really convicted by my MP3 player a few days ago.

I don’t have a very big MP3 player.  It’s a little SanDisk Sansa 4GB job, about the size of one of those old Zippos your grandpa used to light his cigarettes, and I’ve got maybe 300 songs loaded on it.  Mostly contemporary Christian songs (what can I say, that’s my joint), and all of them upbeat, since I originally got the Sansa to use while working out.  (I haven’t had much energy for that lately, but hope springs eternal …)

More recently, I’ve used it while giving my son Sean his baths.  See, Sean may be still recovering from Leigh’s disease (and for that recovery, Lord, much thanks!), but in many ways he is a typical 7-year-old — such as hating to take a bath.  He can’t speak, exactly, but he moans the entire time, and in a small echoing space (like, say, our bathroom) that can really wear on the ol’  nerves.  So rather than turning into Jack Nicholson from The Shining, I pop in the earbuds, drop the body of it into my shirt/pants pocket, and sing along to a) drown out the moaning and b) hopefully keep the Seanster Monster entertained.

And it was Friday, during bath time (specifically, while drying Sean off) that God, via the Sansa, hit me with a heckuva two-point sermon.

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The (long-overdue) latest on Sean

20 February 2011

I know, I knowIknowIknow – I’ve been promising to give an update on my son Sean’s continuing fight with Leigh’s disease for a while now.  I apologize for the delay, but I do have an excuse.  Namely, every time I plan to write it, some new development appears to be on the horizon, and it seems right to wait so I can give you fuller information.

But there’s a limit, and I’ve really waited far too long (I want to say it’s been four months since the last recap).  Thank you to all who have been praying for him all this time – it has meant more to me, and to Sean, than I can express.

And now, the news …

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The latest on Sean – school time!

25 October 2010

We’re now full-on into autumn, which means a lot of things around Chez Anselmeau.  It means long-sleeved shirts and sweaters, added blankets and comforters.  It means hauling the fans down to the basement and bringing up the space heaters (Chez Anselmeau, you may recall, doesn’t have central anything).  It means worrying less about mowing the lawn and more about raking the leaves.  It means my lovely wife Nina starts making her should-be-legendary soups and her soft gingerbread cookies.  It means working on the Christmas gift list; we usually have our shopping done by early November.  And it means our daughter Charlotte starts asking to do more chores around the house, so she can earn Christmas spending money.

Most of all, around here autumn means school is in full swing.  Charlotte, of course, has been in class since late July, and Nina went back to work for the school district around the end of August.  But now – the best news of all – after waiting a year due to his Leigh’s disease, Sean has started school as well!

Well … sort of.

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