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From: "Donald L. Spidell" <>
Subject: Re: Replies Required Or///
Date: Tue, 13 Apr 1999 20:35:56 -0700
Sorry for not answering sooner. I had gotten to the point where I was
better, but still sick, and not able to do anything. I couldn't go back to
work. It is spring, and I couldn't do any gardening. Beth was having to take
care of me, and she couldn't get anything done around the house, etc. Also,
at work, they were trading in their sick leave time to cover me being gone
from work, so I could still get a pay check. I couldn't take care of my
patients at work, and another health care provider had to take up the slack.
I was costing all of these people extra work, and I couldn't do anything
about it. I was getting depressed, and I would just sit around the house all
day doing nothing, not even any genealogy. Oh I answered some e-mail, just
enough to keep from getting too far behind, but I really needed to get in
some work on my web pages, etc.
So, I just went back to work, against my doctors' wishes. As I told my
doctors, "They need me, and I need them." I perked up, and started getting
better right away. I do get very tired about 3:00 PM, but they are watching
out for me, and if I get too pale, they make me rest. There is a very good
crew of nurses at work, and I love them all. I know they love me from the
support they gave me and Beth during the last few months.
I am eating better, now. I have lost about 70 lbs. in all, and I think I
would like to stay at this weight. My doctors are telling me we need to make
plans to do just that. My last CT scan showed that my pancreas was still
twice normal size, and developing a cyst inside it. This could become a
chronic problem, but my Naturopathic Doctor says to stick to the diet and
the supplements which she gives me, and we can beat this thing. So far her
advice has been right on, so I am followng it as well as I can. Of course,
there are times when I do need to take things into my own hands, as when I
went back to work.
Beth is now a broker. In the last two months, with all of the stress of my
illness, she took the broker's school, studied, passed the school test, and
then passed the state test. Then she started her own real estate business:
Amethyst Realty. During this all, she has waited on me, and learned a whole
new way of cooking, and preparing food. (Mostly Oriental food, as in soy
proteins and products, brown rice, and very little meat with a lot of
veggies.) My wife is a real gem, herself. Of course, I wanted a strong girl
when I married her, so I could know that she would be up to the lifestyle to
which I was going to subject her. But she said I was to put her through no
more scares like that, ever again.
>So in a manor of speaking you are part of my family
> >hope for many years to come.
I was so near to death, that a good part of the hospital was in morning.
Being a Physician Assistant, and having worked with a good many of the
people of the hospital, they all knew me. I am firmly convinced that I was
saved by prayer. There were so many people praying for me, that I was the
focus of such an outpouring of love, that I was overwhelmed, and I just had
to respond. The people of the hospital were praying for me, plus the people
at work, plus the people at church, plus a good part of my many friends and
associates in my genealogy work on the internet, and that is not yet to even
> >Don have you come across or seen, read a book on the family by: Jim
> >If so is it worth the time and dollars to get it? One of the family in WI
> >told me about meeting him an that he had 500 pages on Hans Michael
I have seen just about every book on the Rohrer family ever written, or at
least seen extracts of it, if I haven't actually had it in my hands, and I
do not recall a book by Jim Thomas. I would definitely like to see 500 pages
on Hans Michael Rohrer. See if you can trace it down.
I also have to get back to work on the Jessamine County, KY migration that I
was working on before I took sick.
Oy! The only thing that really concerns me, when I think about dying, beside
the fact that my wife would not be able to keep up payments on the house, Is
that I have all of these genealogy projects which need work, and I just
could not in good concience leave this life and leave all that work behind
Trust me, I really do not plan on giving my wife or y'all a scare like that