THE HEAVILIN HERALD
Well, I guess 2006 should be called the year of the medical
dilemmas. Glen will have his first PSA test at the end of June and
then we will have some idea if those little seeds are working. He
says he would grade his recovery at 95%. We think that is pretty
Soon after we left Redlands on May 1, I developed a serious cold. I
nursed it along for a while and then I started having a toothache
that made me forget my miserable cold. My daughter-in-law Debbie
arranged for me to see a dentist in Overland Park the Monday after
Motherís Day. The dentist felt I needed to have a root canal, but at
least he gave me an antibiotic and pain pills, soooo off to another
dentist on Tuesday. That dentist thought the tooth should be pulled,
soooo off to another dentist on Wednesday. Thankfully that dentist
agreed that the tooth should be pulled, and 30 minutes later I was
walking out of his office, minus a tooth. Finally, I thought I was
in good health, but oh no....the cold came back with a vengeance.
We had a wonderful time with Matt, Deb, and the kids. Kate has
finished her first year of college with straight Aís. She is
responding beautifully to the Botox injections to treat the Dystonia
she has been dealing with for several years. We will see Mattís
family at Keswick for one day when they return from Washington D.C.
where Kate, with many other students, will receive a Congressional
commendation for her outstanding work in high school. I promise next
month I will have pictures of Kate standing straight and tall.
In between the doctor visits, we got to meet our friends Jack and
Carol Peterman in Springfield, IL. We visited the Lincoln Museum
again and enjoyed touring Springfield, the Lincoln home, the Lincoln
tomb, and New Salem where Lincoln had spent several years.
In Kankakee, IL I finally decided I needed to visit the ER.
Observing my symptoms, the doctor was quite certain I was having a
heart attack, but I told him that was not on my agenda! After an
EKG, chest x-ray, a heart monitor, and many blood tests that all
came out normal, the doctor decided I had bronchitis. He gave me
another antibiotic and cough medicine and sent me on my way.
The next day we arrived at the Heavilin reunion in Edwardsburg, MI,
with me coughing constantly, my blood pressure out of whack, and
losing my voice. I do not recommend attending a reunion when you
canít talk. I finished all of my meds and saw almost no improvement.
We also got to visit with my cousin Sharon and her family at the RV
park where we stayed. We left Edwardsburg and drove to the Flint
area and then to Indianapolis. We have had wonderful visits with
both families, including my Uncle Bill and my Aunt Mickey. We were
sitting in a small, privately owned, restaurant in Indianapolis
waiting to meet Glenís brother and his wife. I felt like I was in a
time warp when our dear friends Joyce and Ethan Jackson walked in to
that restaurant. We havenít seen them in years. It is so nice to be
reconnected with dear friends. Our Ethan was named for Ethan
The next day we met my brother, his wife and their son for lunch. My
brother was able to get me in to see a doctor on Friday afternoon.
She was the most thorough doctor I have had in the past few weeks.
After giving me a breathing treatment, she declared I do not have
bronchitis, but she believes I have viral asthma. So now I am on a
steroid for four days and am using an inhaler with Albuterol every
four hours. I actually believe I feel better and my blood pressure
is stabilizing. Praise the Lord!
We are grateful for friends and family who have helped us get the
medical help we have needed. We have also rejoiced that there are
places in this nation where one can actually get in to see a doctor
at almost a momentís notice.
We are hopeful that we can continue on with our planned itinerary
which includes visiting friends in Bloomington and Newburgh, IN,
Gastonia, NC and in Virginia, but we will have to see what my doctor
says when I call her on Monday morning. In the meantime, I am taking
it easy and doing lots of reading for my college classes.
We are looking forward to arriving at Keswick on June 20. We
appreciate hearing from each of you and it is comforting to know
others are praying for our health, safety, and service.
Mickey with Marilyn
family with Marilyn
and Barbara Heavilin, Glen's parents
with Jack Peterman
Peterman and Marilyn at Lincoln home in Springfield, IL.
Marilyn's Uncle Bill with his wife Elaine
Marilyn's cousin Sharon and some of her grandchildren.