Our home in Colorado Springs is officially on the market. If you know of someone looking for a GREAT house, pass along the following link.
After sixteen years in Colorado Springs, our family will be returning to our roots and moving to Tupelo, Mississippi on June 3, 2013. I have accepted a new position with Hancock Fabrics to be their new Senior Web Developer. My last day as the Director of Information Technology for the NJCAA will be May 31.
In addition to being an excellent professional opportunity for me, this move will also allow us to be a little closer to our family, which is something we have missed through the years. That said, it is very difficult to leave the wonderful people at the NJCAA that I have worked with for the past twelve years. Even more difficult is leaving our church family at Village Seven Presbyterian Church. Through the years and many trials, God has knitted us tightly in to the fabric of the church. Leaving will be very painful.
Thank you in advance for praying for our family as we prepare to move and make this transition. Also, if you know of someone looking for an awesome house, send them my way! It will be going on the market very shortly.
After two weeks in Rochester, we are finally coming home on Friday, December 2.
Thankfully, all of the tests the Mayo Clinic doctors have run have ruled out a life-threatening illness . We are extremely thankful for that news! The best the doctors are able to determine at this moment is that the major issues Kathi had over the summer and fall seemed to originate from an allergic reaction that went systemic, then got worse due to rebound effects from an increasing dosage of steroids to treat the original problem. The steroid treatments then caused their own set of problems and nasty side-effects.
Because Kathi is still weaning from steroids, the doctors are not able to determine the foundational root issues. They want her to continue to wean off the steroids and see if the original problems return once the steroids are gone. If they do return, then we’ll do more testing at that time.
The plan right now is to get Kathi back to full health and recover from the past six months. Her health has generally improved the past two weeks, but she still has a long ways to go.
I can’t thank our friends enough for your prayers, caring, support, and encouragement these past months. We have been loved in some immense ways. We are not sure where these next months will take us, but we do know that the Lord loves us deeply and He has used His people to care for us. A special thank you to Kathi’s friends that have loved and cared for her these past few months, and to Anna Counts for loving and caring for our children while we have been away. Many of our friends have come alongside our kids while we’ve been gone and we are so thankful for you.
Rob and Kathi
Friday culminated a long week of tests, juggling to fit in work-in appointments, three straight days of fasting blood work, electromagnetic nerve tests, and more. Today we are enjoying a down day of just sitting around the hotel lobby, my catching up on some work, and enjoying football.
Next week will bring three MRI tests, an endocrinology consult, a hematology consult, a vasculitis consult, and hopefully some initial diagnosis consults on tuesday / Wednesday. So far, the doctors are keeping their initial thoughts close to their vest.
We are anticipating having to return sometime in January when Kathi is totally off her steroid load.
Today has been awesome. Kathi’s CardioVascual disease doctor has taken the reigns on Kathi’s health issues and has ordered a slew of more tests and consultations. It was the most in-sync appointment we’ve had yet. The doctor was able to see things happen during our visit that we’ve only been able to verbally explain before and she asked all the right questions to pull stuff out.
We do our Occupy Neurology movement on Wednesday at 7 am, and then do the same with Hematology, Vasculitis, and Endocrinology on Friday and into next week. As of right now, we probably will not be home until next weekend, Dec 3. We are so thankful for Anna Counts loving our kids and caring for them.
Thank you for praying.
We had a great day at Mayo today. Dermatology went extremely well, finally getting Kathi some help on all the allergic issues that have been at the foundation of this past summer. Lots of medicine changes to deal with what will likely be an on / off again set of challenges for the foreseeable future. Thankfully, the systemic mastocytosis has been completely ruled out. We have a CardioVasucular Disease appointment on Tuesday, then a very important Neurology appt on Wednesday. Pray for that Neurology appt – they have no openings until early December, but we’ve been told to camp out there anyway. So, Kathi and I are planning an Occupy Neurology movement beginning at 7 am on Wednesday for a non-violent demonstration
Today was a long but good day at the Mayo Clinic. Kathi had a busy day of consultations and tests; and the schedule is set for next week: Monday through Wednesday calls for some cardiovascular workups, blood tests, dermatology, and more. We’ll then regroup on Wednesday afternoon to see what has been learned from these tests, and then determine next steps. The plan for the weekend is to rest, explore Rochester a bit and maybe catch a movie. Thank you for praying.
Over the past six months, my wife Kathi has been very ill. Her doctors have a few clues as to the root problems, but they and we determined that she now needs to be seen by a team of specialists at the Mayo Clinic. We began that process over a month ago, and will be arriving in Rochester on Thursday, November 17th, for tests over the next four to seven business days.
This has been a very long six months for Kathi. She’s lost a lot of hair, weight, and has been on a boat-load of medicines to treat her symptoms. She is very tired and her body is weak.
Our church (Village Seven Presbyterian) and other friends have been amazing. Some of Kathi’s friends have been coming by every day for the past three to four weeks to sit with her, talk, read, and just serve us. Meals show up unexpectedly, as well as friends at midnight when an unexpected emergency found us in the ER. While Kathi and I are away, a dear soul is staying at our home and watching our children. My son’s principal and teachers seek him out to pray and encourage him. Friends dropped by this week to give us gift cards and money for our trip and expenses. Men email, call, and text me throughout the past weeks just to check on me. I dare say, I think we must be one of the most well-loved families around. Our church gets the Gospel. They live it out by loving others.
I’ll be posting here over the next five to ten days while we traverse the Mayo Clinic in hopes of finding Kathi some help. Please pray for wisdom as we navigate those waters and for the doctors and nurses we come into contact with. At this particular moment, my prayer for Kathi is that God heal her weak body – simply because she is a daughter of the King.
I’ll close with this thought from R.C. Sproul Jr.
“No place I’d rather be than beside my wife when she is frightened and in need. I suspect Jesus feels the same about His bride.”
It has been way too long since my last tech post, but there has been a lot happening in my personal and work life that has made following the mobile tech scene very difficult, and then posting articles about it even more difficult.
Back in April, when I started tech blogging again, I thought I 1) had the desire to throw myself back in to it, 2) had the energy, and 3) had the bandwidth. Over time, though, I found myself developing unhealthy habits that are necessary in following tech news, writing worthy material, and thus developing a loyal readership. I let it encroach on my family time, my work time, and start taking me away from the first things in my life.
It has been close to two months since I last posted a technology article. This time-gap was a blessing that God created, in that He allowed me to see where He wanted me to focus my time, my writing, and the passions He has called me to. During the last several months, I’ve done a lot of thinking and praying about what God would have me do with regards to technology writing, and I’ve decided to let it go in order to focus my energies in other areas. Technology will always excite me (I live in this world 8 – 5), but I no longer desire to follow it daily, write about it, offer up reviews, and put in the personal time that readers expect and deserve.
Going forward, the writing you will see on RobBushway.com will mostly be about stuff going on in my personal life – the kind of writing that was here before: stuff about my walk with Christ, essays, my struggles, my family, grace, and the gospel. If that stuff interests you, then stick around. If it doesn’t, then I still invite you to stick around. I can’t promise an article every day or even every week, but when I have something stirring within my heart that needs to get out, I’ll be working it out here.
I appreciate you allowing me the opportunity to dip my toe back in the tech writing arena for the past four months. A special thank you to Steve Seto who has been doing some great guest-posting the past several months.