What am I up to?

“Not always this laid back”

“Not always this laid back”

Thank you for asking. I am asked this question so often. This phase may just be a salutation, but I have learned many have a curiosity about my various endeavors. A blog seemed like the best way to answer this question on a regular basis. In addition, this blog provides a means for me to keep track in an organized fashion of what I am up to.

The purpose is to record and relate what I am up to these days. The information will be in one place for recording memoirs and historical events. It will be a place to document the present and consider the future.
I expect to regularly make entries concerning various categories: physician/surgeon; medical research and development; the golf adventures and Life. You may see a recent post or follow the topic that might interest you.

Let me know what you think as this blog will becomes my “Lectronic Legacy” in what ever time remains.

Physician/Surgeon

“30 years at the bedside” circa 1980

“30 years at the bedside” circa 1980

In the course of my practice I was one of the pioneers in arthroscopic surgery. This resulted in hundreds of surgeon visitors, such that Ingham Medical Center in Lansing created the first operating room dedicated to arthroscopic surgery including a glass wall for visitors to comfortably observe surgery.

Arthroscopic Suite Ingham Medical Center

Arthroscopic Suite Ingham Medical Center

First and foremost I am a physician/surgeon. No matter a physician’s special interest, the medical license says physician/surgeon. In the course of my medical practice, medicine became very specialized, me included. I went from medical doctor, to board certified orthopedic surgeon to arthroscopic surgeon. My business card indicated such. I did not go so far as to do only left knees and right elbows. When I saw this unfolding, I changed my business card my roots, a “new” specialty called Physician/Surgeon.

 

 

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Inventions/Patents

Inventions/Patents

Official Patent Document

Official Patent Document

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Golf

My friend and partner on the PGA Tour; Howard Twitty

My friend and partner on the PGA Tour; Howard Twitty

I started golf at age 11 a Burroughs Farms, a family recreational area for employees of Burroughs Adding Machine Company. This facility is now called Oak Pointe, west of Brighton, MI. I played on Royal Oak High School team which won the Michigan State High School Championship in 1951 (not a misprint on year). My last year at Michigan State and sfter I was admitted to medical school, I played #3 man on Michigan State College (at that time) golf team. My best competitive score was two under 70 against Notre Dame. I have enjoyed 3 holes in one, the longest being 265 yards in 1955. I played a few local country club invitationals over the years, winning once at the Lansing Country club with Otto Schubel.

Long hiatus in golf due to medical school and practice, but in 2002, I slipped on the ice after a Michigan State basketball game and dislocated my shoulder. This resulted in rotator cuff repair and exploring one handed putting. This led to interest in putting and putter design. This led to meeting Howard Twitty, former PGA tour player and the rest is history and daily documentation of new events now reflected in this blog’s “What are you up to in Golf”

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Life & life

Open Bible

Open Bible

These are musings about Life and life. Notice the capital letter on the first Life. The reason is that it is a synonym or code name for the person of Jesus Christ of Nazareth. He called himself the Way, The Truth and the Life. Over the years I have lived an imperfect life (not capitalized) which is one of the qualifications for becoming and remaining a Christian. There is a fun scripture that rhetorically says, “Does a well man need a doctor?” Only those with faults need apply.

I have written a number of manuscripts about Life and life. One such many people Christian or not have appreciated is my insight to what goes on in the operating room which resulted in a prayer for those undergoing surgery. (use the form to the right to sign up and get this free)

I have written a short manuscript on “A Physician Looks at Scriptural Healing”. Being a medical doctor and a Christian it was of interest to me, what the Bible recorded about healing. So it was important to me to make this study in light of my clinical experiences. I want the proceeds from this to go directly to Fresh Wind Christian Community in Benzie County, MI.

This section will have many other reflections on Life and life as we go along.

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Answering the frequently asked question (FAQ) of what am I up to now?

A BLOG seemed the best and most efficient means of answering the FAQs on a regular basis.  It might be said that I wear multiple hats or have many interests.  Discovery in medicine will always be the main topic.  However there are other categories; Golf Adventures, Inventions, and some Christian writings.  Hopefully the BLOG will be a format to tell what I am up to in each of these main endeavors.  It seems almost daily there are interesting events; at least to me. Perhaps the events may be of interest to others.

I want to make it clear, I am not retired.  Retirement it is bad for one’s health.  I concluded my clinical practice in 1995, but work regularly in these various endeavors.  I do not see anywhere in the Bible where retirement is to be desired or realized.  I have told my daughters that I will not be speaking at my retirement party.

From time to time I will answer publicly herein those questions that recently surfaced and may be of general interest.  I will not be recording what I had on my hot dog at a ball game, let alone focus on mundane events.

I trust I will accomplish the intended goal of answering “What am I up to?”

Making it look easy

2/16/2020:”If you want to make your accomplishments appear easy, then work hard.”

Debt, debt, and more debt

2/12/2020: Debt, debt, and debt.  The government, corporate and personal debt is higher today than yesterday and will be higher yet tomorrow.

www.forbes.com/sites/niallmccarthy/2019/08/26/us-national-debt-is-growing-rapidly-infographic/#4fdeafb53a9e

www.mckinsey.com/~/media/mckinsey/business%20functions/strategy%20and%20corporate%20finance/our%20insights/rising%20corporate%20debt%20peril%20or%20promise/rising-corporate-debt-peril-or-promise-web-final.ashx

finance.yahoo.com/news/u-household-debt-exceeds-14-160303784.html

Debt is a financial killer.  What ever happened to the ancient proverb that says to owe no one anything but to love them.  The truth that the borrower is the slave of the lender has not gone away.

 

Without Hope in This World?

1/20/2020: It is not uncommon to lose hope on any given situation or issue in life. Hopelessness will lead to despair and then on to desperation. This scenario is likely the cause of anti-social behavior; i.e. robbery, assault, murder, suicide, etc.

We need to learn from Abraham on how he had a promise of God, but did not think it possible considering the facts and could not be criticized to loosing hope. The Word has the solution as one might expect. However, at that moment, not sometime later, Abraham took action. He “hoped against the lost hope”. He fought back against the likely onset of hopelessness.

Abraham had the promise of God that he was to be a father of a child that would change the world as he knew it. A big promise at any age, but really unlikely at 100 years and wife likewise.

Romans 4:18-21 King James Version (KJV)
18 Who against hope believed in hope, that he might become the father of many nations, according to that which was spoken, So shall thy seed be.
19 And being not weak in faith, he considered not his own body now dead, when he was about a hundred years old, neither yet the deadness of Sarah’s womb:
20 He staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief; but was strong in faith, giving glory to God;
21 And being fully persuaded that, what he had promised, he was able also to perform.

The solution is to be able to create a hope beyond what one would naturally be able to hope for based upon the facts. Abraham based his hope against no hope upon the promises of God. I like the wording, “he staggered not at the promise of God”. Clearly the promise was overwhelming, but it was not going to impede his walking forward without hesitation or “staggering”. He decided, although certainly without existing evidence to believe, while at the same time giving glory to God for what had yet to materialize. This is the “calling those things that are not as though they were” as in the preceding verse 17; “…even God, who quickeneth the dead, and calleth those things which be not as though they were.” Note this is the way God Himself does it. This is the speaking aloud which is necessary in the definition of “calling” of that which was promised from God to you specifically and that which you were willing to agree with. The “agreeing with” is the first act of faith which then is followed by the second action of faith; taking action according to and in line with what was promised.

This is not ignoring the making of evidence-based decisions. Evidence is very important, especially in medicine. Abraham had no natural evidence of even the likelihood of possibility. He only had the Word and promise of God. I laugh at myself as I often think that God’s promise is not enough.

Where did Abraham get the evidence? This may be a mystery to some who have not experienced such, but Abraham got the evidence from faith. In Hebrews 1:1 it is stated, “Now faith is the evidence of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” Imagine that! Faith creates the evidence. To repeat, “faith is nothing more or nothing less than agreement with the Word and willingness to take action accordingly.” So, Abraham with the evidence walked it out to the tangible reality of the promise of God with Sarah, “the father of many peoples”.

Now back to our situation. What promises of God do I have? The promises are many and listed in the Word and Will of God. For starters look at Deuteronomy 28: 1-14. Then know that they are further confirmed in our relationship with Christ. Note the necessity of “in our relationship” wording. 2 Cor1:20: “For all the promises of God in Christ are yea, and in Christ Amen, unto the glory of God by us.” Note that the purpose is not solely for our benefit, but ultimately for the glory of God by the tangible reality expressed in and for us.

Good bye despair and hello hopefulness.

This is funny, with center of gravity

1/12/2020: This was a funny response I read today concerning the increased frequency of volcanoes world wide. The writer suggested that those committed to climate change philosophy consider construction of a catalytic converter for volcanoes.

Golden Rule; Value added

12/18/2019: There is value added when practicing the Golden Rule.

Even though practicing the Golden Rule is reward in itself, the Golden Rule has innate additional rewards. The Golden Rule is recorded in Matthew 7:12. The King James version is “Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you: do ye even so to them: for this is the law and the prophets.”

First of all, there is reward in doing good absent a motive of any reward. However, there is a reward built into the Golden Rule. You will receive in return from others the like kind of your act, not necessarily from the one to whom you did good.

Please note that if you do ill to others, the principal of harvesting in like kind also is operational. This is further motivation to do good.

However, the rewards of doing good go beyond human reciprocity. In Ephesians 6:8 it is stated “Knowing that whatsoever good thing any man doeth, the same shall he receive of the Lord, whether he be bond or free.”

These laws refute the too often negative proclamation; “No good deed goes unpunished”.

Prayers for Seniors

12/17/2019: As we age and I am an expert, there are increasing details of life to manage; family relations, daily activities, commitments, travel, and personal business details to name a few. So I have learned to pray asking God take care of all the details of my life. I enjoy the benefits of answers to this prayer on a daily basis. The scriptural support for this prayer is “Cast all your cares upon me, because I care for you”, said Jesus.

The other issue accompanying aging is forgetfulness. So I have learned to pray this way, “Dear Heavenly Father as you bring to rememberance your Word in my life (John 14:26), please extend the bringing to remembrance those things I tend to forget or misplace; names, dates, keys, and cell phone. Amen.

Being Led

12/17/2019: Those that are the children of God are those who are led by the Holy Spirit. This is the qualification, not a qualification. Romans 8:14 For all who are led by the Spirit of God are children of God.

I like to think of it this way. That being so, we must look at the concept of being led. This implies that the Spirit of God is in front and we are following; every part of our being. This admonition defines that the Holy Spirit would be leading our flesh, mind and will including our human spirit. It is not only a physical leading but one of thorough submission to direction in life.

Pause and think about this.