Posted on July 27, 2017
I can't believe it's been ten months since I last posted an update for my husband, Michael Thompson.
First, a huge "Thank You" to everyone who recently donated. You-know-who-you-are! Your kind generosity means so much to us.
In the words of J. R. R. Tolkien, "Life in the wide world goes on, scarcely aware of the existence of the Thompson's." But we're still cracking along! Pulmonary Alveolar Proteinosis is Michael's constant companion and always will be. His everyday difficult in breathing was compounded by a bout of pneumonia last Autumn and a sinus infection this Spring. Thanks to antibiotics those problems have cleared up (well, as far as we know!) We also discovered that he has a hiatal hernia (stomach bulging through the diaphragm), probably from violently coughing the excess protein out of his lungs multiple times each day. It's painful, like his chronic back pain, but what-can-you-do!?!
I must share with you an amazing drama that happened just last Friday. Michael was really down...which is something that rarely happens. He's the most upbeat guy I've ever met! But on Friday, he got kinda' discouraged, so I was praying for him while I took the wet laundry out of the washing machine. Stepping outside to hang it on the clothesline, I saw the Lincare (oxygen therapy) truck driving slowly away. (What the...they didn't even knock on our door!)
Taking off at full speed, I ran at full tilt across two lots, yelling and waving and by George! I chased down that darn truck! (The neighbors thought it was hysterically funny!) The upshot is that the Lincare technician discovered Michael's oxygen concentrator was NOT producing oxygen anymore. (Something about the seals inside cracking.) They replaced the machine and now Michael has a newer, quieter oxygen concentrator that actually produces pure oxygen. Fancy that!Don't tell me God doesn't answer prayer!!!
If I'd been just 10 seconds later going out with that laundry...or decided to put it in the dryer...
We're both looking forward to the cooler, dryer days of Autumn. The humidity makes Michael feel like he's trying to breathe in a sauna 24/7. That's why I'm trying to earn, save, sell, beg, borrow (no! not borrow nor steal) about $3,600 for a battery-powered, portable Oxygen Concentrator for emergency use and so Michael can get out of the house now-and-then. (No, insurance will NOT cover it.) The nearest big town is an hour away which would require multiple tanks of oxygen. I'm also scouting around Freecycle and Facebook groups to see if I can find a free, used dehumidifier locally.
Yes, I'm still writing for PsychCentral
which helps bring in some funds. (In fact, I just had my biggest day ever...11,300 hits!) I still create pyrography art
, sell stuff on eBay
and just decided to sell my 4/4 Becker violin (but I'll keep my 3/4 size one.) And a month ago I launched "Lenora's Artisan Edibles
." Each Friday I make 12-18 loaves of Amish-recipe bread for sale on Saturday. My neighbors have been wonderful about stopping by for a loaf of fresh, hand-kneaded bread. I'm also saving up to repair the transmission on the car and the busted windshield. Like the old cliche says, "If it's not chickens, it's feathers."
Your continued support and spreading the word to your friends, family, church, prayer groups and social media contacts means so much to us.
But most of all...just keep praying! The more time I have with this wonderful man, the more jealous I am for more time with him. Five years and still going strong, baby!
Thank you all and take care!
~ Mrs. Michael (Lenora) Thompsonwww.youcaring.com/helpmichaelbreathewww.lenorathompsonwriter.com