Back to work…

So, after being off work for 10 days, I went back to work on Sunday night.  Because of the onset of the Bells Palsy, I was having problems with my right eye all last week.  My vision has deteriorated by about 20% overall. I attribute it to one half of my forehead hanging down into my field of vision, and pushing the eyeball out of shape a little bit.

The overwhelming issue is the muscles on the left side of my neck. They are pulling my head to the left side, as well as twisting my head to the right a little bit.  I look strange typing at an angle, and it makes working on the computer extremely uncomfortable.

However, I have seen some progress! The right side of my mouth is starting to move a little bit when I try and smile.  Hopefully I’m soon to recover the ability to close my right eye without having to use my finger to do it.  That will be a major step!

Baby steps! With the Grace and Blessings of God, I will recover from this sooner than later.


Hello Dr. Charles Bell.

Several people have asked “what happened” in regards to a picture I posted on Facebook from Chandler Hospital on Friday, June 16th.

Overnight on Tuesday night, I started to feel some numbness on the left side of my mouth. Almost like getting OraGel on your tongue. It was accompanied by light-headedness.

On Thursday morning, I woke up to the feeling that the left side of my face had swollen up. Ok, maybe it’s an allergic reaction to something I ate, or something I encountered on Wednesday. Benadryl should take care of it.

By Friday morning, I realized it was a problem that wasn’t going to magically go away. After a day of running errands, I ended up at the Chandler Regional Medical Center, under the assumption that it would be easier to go there and get seen, than to try to get into my doctor after the weekend, or go to Urgent Care and have them send me off to the ER for tests.

The ER doctor diagnosed me with Bells Palsy, but wanted a CT scan of my head, because of my medical history, just to be sure it wasn’t something worse.

According to the Interwebs, Bells Palsy is named after Charles Bell, the Scottish surgeon who first ascribed the problem as a neurological issue connected to the facial nerve.

Since that Friday, I’ve had a considerable change in my ability to talk, eat and see. Half of my face is dead. No muscle movement at all. It’s hard to eat, hard to drink, and hard to see through my droopy right eye. Not to mention that now I slur my words worse than any drunk you see on Live PD.

The doctor’s say it’s temporary, and should clear up in several weeks. Meanwhile, it’s something I have to deal with.

On the plus side, I have mastered the single arched eyebrow look. And I have the perfect Two-Faced costume.

Well, at least this gives me something to write about.

Donation in memory of Jerney

Yesterday afternoon, we donated several books to the Maricopa Public Library in Jerney’s memory.

Thank you to Erik Surber, Library Manager, for helping set this up on relatively short notice. Hopefully this will inspire others to consider donating to the library, as well.


(L-R) Kole (partial), Kelly, Keely, Jade, Jersey, Yessika Diaz, & Erik Surber. Jersey is Jerney’s twin sister.

FB post by Maricopa Public Library

Later on in the afternoon, after the event, the Library posted the above photo and description on their Facebook page.



In this picture, you can see Kelly’s parents, Dale & Peggy Throntveit.

Thank you to Howard Waggner for taking photos of the event.

Two words that changed my life

Two words that changed my life

That Friday morning was another typical Arizona day. I had left the house about 6:30, with the intention of being a Lyft driver for most of the morning.  I picked up  my first passenger, taking her from one Phoenix suburb to another, listening to her vent about problems and issues.

Once I dropped her at her destination, I checked my phone for messages.  This was waiting for me from my wife: Continue reading

Here We Go Again

I see we’re in standby mode, waiting for the next “Guess what Trump Did” video to surface. Oh boy, something else to be collectively horrified about.  This man has been in the public spotlight for several years now. How come none of this was made public before?

The recent “locker room talk” media meltdown? It was recorded back in 2005…when he was a Democrat, and donated a lot of money to Democrat candidates. Apparently it wasn’t newsworthy back then.

Save your false horror. More and more of these “horrible videos/recordings” will magically surface between now and November 8th. He will be politically excoriated by the establishment on both sides of the aisle. Continue reading

Honorable Mention

Honorable Mention

On Wednesday evening, Maricopa High School held their Winter Honors program.  Rather than waiting until the end of the school year, they decided to honor the First Semester recipients early!


Matthew & Isaiah, with honors!

Matthew made the Honor Roll, with a GPA of 3.0-3.8 for the semester!


Matthew collecting Honor Roll award.

And Isaiah, blooming in his first year of High School, picked up an Academic Excellence award…given for GPA of 4.0 or higher!


Isaiah collecting Academic Excellence award!

I am honored to be their parent!

Report Cards

Well, over the Christmas break, the Semester 1 report cards came in the mail.

Matthew: 2 A, 2 B, 1 C, and a Pass

Isaiah, All A

This is Isaiah’s freshman year in high school, and he has definite plans on what he wants to do when graduates. He is very goal focused, and wants the high grades for a better shot at secondary education after he graduates.

Matthew is a Junior this year, and is working to catch up on what he missed last year, as he did a lot of slacking while in the online school.  We are really proud of how he is doing. He is also a member of the Marching Band, so that takes up a lot of this time as well.

We’re halfway through the school year, and things are still going great.  Hopefully it stays that way for the rest of the year!



Here comes diabetesEarlier in July, I went to the doctor for a regular check-up. Part of that involved them drawing blood for testing.

Normally, I get a pretty generic call from the doctor’s office a couple of days later (Everything looks good. You’re cholesterol is still high, etc…).  This time it was short and not-sweet. The doctor wanted to see me in the office, immediately.

Bad news. My cholesterol was where it normally was (still too high) but my blood sugar was WAY UP! I’m talking about 5 points below officially Diabetic. Shoot.

Cut the carbs, increase the protein. Get back to exercising more often. Oh, eating more protein will increase your Uric Acid levels and lead to Gout. However, it also will help you lose weight faster, reduce your blood sugar levels down, and make you healthier.  All except for that “gout thing.”

So, now, in addition to the blood pressure, cholesterol and asthma medication, I now have a little pill for sugar level and one for uric acid level.  And I need to take more Vitamin D.

At least I am not diabetic. That one would be hard to handle. Time to get my life back in order.

Have I Failed My Kids This School Year?

This year, both boys have been enrolled in AZ Virtual Academy, an online-based Charter School.

In hindsight, this was probably not a good idea.  With me working nights, I was not available to work with them during their school days. And on my days off, I couldn’t keep my eyes open enough to be of much support, either.

Part of my responsibility this year was to make sure that they stayed on task, and on target throughout the year.  My Grade…D-

Now they are rushing to catch up with what should have been done earlier, and I need to shoulder most of the blame for them not being done.  To the kids, school is something that needs to be done before they can go off and do other things. With dad only at 40%, it was easy to do the minimum and then let it slide.

Well, they have 48hrs to finish everything up. Where did the year go? Why didn’t I do more? I know I should have, and could have.

So, did I fail my kids this year?  Yeah, I’m pretty sure I did.

And I’m not proud of that fact.