Meyer gives update on condition, treatment

JANICE ANNE ROWE

Al Meyer called to give me an update on his condition of aplastic anemia, which is a disorder of the bone marrow.  Aplastic anemia occurs when your body stops making new blood cells.  He had all of the symptoms that this condition leaves you and has been fighting this condition for twenty seven months.  He had two hospital stays, 100 units of blood, and 100 platelets and was accepted to the research center at the National Institute of Health Hospital in Bethesda, Maryland.  He is on his third experimental drug with extended doses of eltrombopag and is responding.  He is just back from Bethesda and on the road to recovery.  His body has started making blood and instead of being checked weekly he is now checked monthly and does not need to return to Maryland for six months.  He said that “East Texas Prayers” worked.  I laughed when he said that he was a guinea pig for two years and had bone marrow biopsies every 90 days.  If the drug works on these eight patients, it could be approved by the FDA for doctors to prescribe.  He had blood transfusion treatments at Memorial Health Systems of East Texas in coordination with Dr. Lawrence Rice at Methodist Hospital in Houston and with the National Institute of Health Research Hospital in Maryland. Al has been a fighter and never gave up.  He is a veteran and was exposed to Agent Orange in Vietnam in 1968.   We will all keep Al on our prayer list so he will live to see more days ahead.
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Father Art and Erica Callaham with children Hannah (almost 4) and Aaron 18 months old will move to Houston where he will be a Canon Vicar at Christ Church Cathedral downtown on Texas and San Jacinto.  The Callahams have been at St. Cyprian’s Episcopal Church for almost five years.  Sunday, April 27 is his last day.  They are having a reception after the service in their honor.  Father Art told me that they were leaving Lufkin with two children that bleed “pine sap”.  Art is from Western Maryland and Erica from Chicago.  They will be the best pieces of East Texas for them to remember their time here.  The church in Houston has 15 services a week with 5 on Sunday.  He will be one of seven priests and chief of staff.  They plan to live in the Briar Grove neighborhood about 20 minutes from the church.
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Kelley and Jimmy Ford’s daughter, Julianne Ford, has been accepted into the Professional Program of Accounting (PPA) at Texas A&M University and will graduate with her Master’s Degree in Accounting with emphasis in tax.   She received her Senior Ring and will do the dunking ceremony later.
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Candy Wadsworth has just returned from Waynesville, North Carolina visiting her brother John who gave a 61th birthday party for his wife Elayne.  She drove and said that the flowering trees and scenery through the mountains were outstanding.
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Happy Birthday:  Rick Lawrence, Shannon Molandes, Taylor Mercer, George Jumper Herde, Shari Jumper, David Moore, Jody Tinkle, Mary Havard, Kendall King, Charline Burkett, Debbie Arnold, Charlie Jumper.
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Happy Anniversary:  Geraldine and Jay Renken.
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Paulette Turner fell and cracked her knee cap and is in a brace to keep the knee straight.
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Morgan Parker made us a marshmallow rice krispies nest with eggs and a Bunny Peep.  The 8th grade formal will be May 16 at the Pitser Garrison Convention Center.
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Jerene Walker was first in line Saturday at the Post office that opened at 10 a.m.
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Martha and Ray Carswell had Jill and Jon Carswell with children Emma, Abby and Tucker Ray in town for Easter.  They enjoyed the Easter egg hunt at the First Christian Church.
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The Hudson Class of 1957 will have their annual class reunion on the last Saturday, April 26 at noon at Lufkin Barbecue.  Any questions contact Jo Ann Jennings at 637-0026 or Patsy Hines at 875-3365, class president.
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Ernest and I went to the lake lot for a quiet afternoon with Ernie and Barbara Rowe and what happened!!!!!  Neighbor Ron Husband cranked up his tractor to mow and then later was calling his seven dogs to come home.  Real peaceful.  I did walk over and visit with Ron and Gail and saw his garden.  He even has blueberry bushes.  I am hoping to get some of his produce.
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Be sure and drive by and see the digital sign at the First Christian Church.  It was a miracle that Jerry Hill was able to get it built and working before Easter.  The weather had hampered the process.
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I met the most polite, respectful, smart, technical young man whose name is Scott Corley.  He is the son of Barbara and Wade Corley.  He had changed our computers over to Windows 7 at the office and I decided that I needed to change at home to not confuse me even more.  He came and explained as he backed up my bookkeeping systems, word documents, pictures, and other things that I had on my computer.   Then, he reinstalled the systems and then my data.  I was holding my breath, but it all worked and he is the BEST.  I called his mother, Barbara, after that first day which took 6 hours, and told her that I might not make it through the night but wanted her to know how considerate and polite he had been all day.  Of course the fact that he is going to Texas A&M to college did not hurt his impression on me.  My printer was old and would not work with Windows 7 so I had to go to Best Buy to get a new printer.  I was afraid that I had worn him out on Friday, but he returned on Saturday and now I have a complete working system with a new printer too.  Thanks to the miracle worker Scott Corley.  He said that he loves a challenge but never did admit out loud that my PC was a challenge along with me who has “tunnel vision” when it comes to computers.  My kids have always told me that I was over equipped for my ability.
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Hope that you all had a wonderful Easter.  We did.

Contact Janice Ann Rowe at
roweja@suddenlink.net.