From barn to house–Bag Balm’s the answer

About six weeks ago I began to experience strong bouts of nausea after each meal. I first began to use a feeding tube two years ago, after 20 oz smoothies--which I drank three times daily--lost their appeal. And I was losing weight in the process. When the nutritionist at the ALS clinic determined that I …

Life after death, or life after life after life?

No, I did not repeat "life after life" in this post's title by mistake. Let me explain. N.T. Wright has stirred up supporters and critics in his rethinking major Christian theological doctrines. Justification. Atonement. Predestination. Inerrancy. His "Reinterpretation" of the Apostle Paul and Pauline theology. His defining the "real purpose" for Christ's death. His daring …

You’ve got a friend

Thanks for friends! While in seminary I did a chaplain internship at Georgia Baptist Hospital in Atlanta and was assigned to the cancer ward.  Part of my required reading was the 1969 epic On Death and Dying, written by Elisabeth Kübler-Ross, MD, [1926–2004].  Kübler-Ross was a Swiss-born psychiatrist, and co-founder of the world-wide hospice movement. It was …

Itching

Ever had an itch you can't scratch?  Or been somewhere in public when to scratch the itch was beyond protocol? Ogden Nash opined: "Happiness is having a scratch for every itch!" Itching is a byproduct of ALS. Every ALS discussion board has inquiries about finding relief for intense itching. Suggestions range from hot showers, to scratching …