Health and Healing

 

    As many of you may know I’ve recently has some health issues. I’m doing so much better now and wanted to share my journey. First some history. Twenty years ago, I had a detached retina in my left eye and multiple surgeries failed to correct the issue and I lost my vision in that eye. I have been able to cope very well with this and carried on with life. In 2014 I had to have cataract surgery in my right eye but everything turned out fine.
     Then in August of this year, I noted something odd in my right eye. It turned out that the lens they had placed in 2014 was starting to slip. We hoped it would settle but within days the lens was flopping completely out of place. I wound up needing emergency surgery to fix the problem, which unfortunately, proved more difficult and took four hours to complete. Afterwards, my vision was very poor and for the next two weeks, I was virtually immobilized.
     We had already planned holidays in September and, though I wasn’t recovered, I was feeling well enough to go. Lisa did all the driving as we went west to Kelowna to see our son and his wife. We enjoyed our visit immensely and then drove home. Sometime during these weeks of decreased activity and long car rides, I developed a clot in my leg. For some reason, I had no symptoms. No swelling of the leg, no calf tenderness and no redness. When we got home, my eye had improved enough that I was back at work and had resumed exercising.
     On the morning of October 13th, I was just about to start on my exercise machine, when I became light headed and short of breath. I sat down and it settled a bit but when I climbed the stairs to the main floor, I again felt very short of breath. I called Lisa and we went straight to the hospital. It turned out that some of the clot in my leg had broken free and gone into my lungs. I had two small clots on the left and a big one on the right. I had to be admitted to the hospital and started on medication. Over the next five days, I seemed to improve and was released home.
     I had had a low-grade fever the night before which concerned us but had seemed fine overnight. Unfortunately, once home I worsened and was even more short of breath than before. I returned to the emergency room, where it was discovered that I had pneumonia on top of a lung infarction caused by the clot. I needed fairly high flow oxygen and was very short of breath with any exertion. We were all very concerned as I was readmitted and started on antibiotics and more blood thinners.
     Monday and Tuesday were still quite bad, but suddenly on Wednesday, I was dramatically better. I had spoken to our prayer pastor and given him permission to share my health issues. I hadn’t realized, but Tuesday evening was a scheduled prayer meeting at our church. Dave later told Lisa that he had never seen such fervent and heart felt prayers as the people prayed that evening.
     You know what? It worked. God heard their prayers and touched my lungs. My improvement has been fantastic. Within 2 days, I no longer needed oxygen and by Saturday I was home, this time to stay. I have been careful and cautious but am back at work and feeling completely healed. I have no doubt that my improvement and recovery is a miracle from God and an answer to prayer. Thank you to everyone who prayed, and thank you to my Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ.
    Luke 10:9 “Heal the sick who are there and tell them, ‘The kingdom of God has come near to you.’”

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Painting in Banff

     Recently, my wife Lisa and I were able to spend a week in Banff, Alberta. Lisa had been offered a chance to stay at the Banff Boutique Inn as an artist in residence. It was a lovely little hotel and for most of the week we were the only guests. Due to COVID, the town was quieter than I have ever seen before but we were able to thoroughly enjoy ourselves.
     Lisa did a great deal of plein air painting. This is sitting outside while painting a copy of the scene before you. She did a wonderful job and I contributed by acting as porter and support person when not hiking, writing or reading. In the evenings, we did more of the same or walked together down quiet boulevards or wooded trails. It was a wonderful, restful and truly blessed time.
     As Lisa was acting as an artist in residence, our room was complimentary. In return, the owner of the Inn selected one of Lisa’s painting studies. She made a larger copy after we returned home and this will now be displayed at the hotel. If you are ever staying at the Banff Boutique Inn, you may see it hanging on the wall. We both thoroughly enjoyed ourselves and hope to get back again in the future.
     Here’s a couple photos of Lisa at work and her five studies.

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My novel “Scars” at the Library

I’m a big fan of libraries.

I use our local library a lot. So much, in fact, that a lot of the staff know me on sight and start pulling out the books I have requested before I can even take out my library card. When my novel first came out, they responded to requests from some patrons and made sure there was a copy in the stacks.

Over the past few months, I’ve enjoyed keeping track of when the copies were out from both the Moose Jaw and Willow Bunch branches. I thought it would be neat to actually see my book on their shelves, but it was out each time I had a book to pick up. Finally, it worked out that it was in at the right time and I decided to get a photo.

I had forgotten about the COVID restrictions.

But then one of the staff came to the rescue. She took my cell phone and went behind the barriers to take some shots for me. She did a lot more than her duties required and I really appreciated it. Here are the photos.

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The Word Guild Awards

I am thrilled to pass on the news that my novel “Scars” was announced on June 13th as a winner at The Word Guild of Canada online awards gala. It won in the category Christian Fiction Books – Suspense/Speculative. It was an honor to be nominated and an amazing blessing to be declared the winner. I wish to congratulate all the other winners and nominees, and especially the other nominees in the Suspense/Speculative category, Sara Davison for “Vigilant” and Janet Sketchley for “Hidden Secrets.”

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TWG Awards Short List

My novel “Scars” has made the short list for The Word Guild of Canada Awards. It was nominated in the Suspense & Speculative Fiction category. Congratulations also to Sara Davison for “Vigilant” and Janet Sketchley for “Hidden Secrets” who were also nominated in the same category.

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My interview with Janice Dick

Check out the interview I did with Janice Dick on her website/blog. You can find it at The Tansy & Thistle Press at https://janicedick.com/

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Book review of “SCARS”

Janice Dick (author of The Storm series and In Search of Freedom series) will be posting a review on my novel “Scars” on her website/blog on April 14th. Check it out at http://www.janicedick.com

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Internet Radio interview

Tune into HopeStreamRadio on the internet and check out my interview with Ron Hughes regarding my novel “Scars”. It’s listed under Author Interviews.

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Saskatoon Book signings

I’ll be having two book signings up in Saskatoon on February the 8th. I will be at Kennedy’s Parable from 11 AM to 1 PM, and then at McNally-Robinson from 2 to 4 PM. All are invited to one or both of these events. Blessings. – Kevin

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Official Book Launch for “Scars”

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