Saturday, October 31, 2009

Ever wondered?

Ever wondered who was the first to see a cow and think, "I wonder what happens if I squeeze these dangly things?" 

Or what would ever possess someone to think that maybe it might be a good idea to ride a wild horse? And having been thrown the first time (probably painfully), whatever would possess that same person to try again?

Ever wondered something? Share it…

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Haemoglobin continues to rise

My blood tests today were a real surprise to me and to my doctor as my haemoglobin levels continue to rise, meaning that my bone marrow is continuing to produce red blood cells.  Today’s levels were at 107, as compared to 97 last week.  The doctor simply said, “I don’t understand why!”

I certainly give the credit to the prayers that so many of you continue to bring before the Lord on my behalf. Thanks so much!  Now I don’t have to go back for two weeks! Will be nice to have a break for a week.

As for the H1N1 shots, I am going to wait a few days until hopefully the current panic calms down and the line-ups become more manageable. The idea of waiting for 4-5 hours in crowds with coughing kids just seems to me to be a foolish thing for an immuno-compromised person to be asked to do.  What annoys me is how the Health Minister actually said that she was glad to see these line-ups, as it was an indication that people were taking the risk seriously.  I see it as a sign that they didn’t plan on how to handle the high risk patients first.  Right now they are allowing any Tom, Dick or Henry to line-up with their families, regardless of age, leaving those of us who were supposed to get the shots first waiting in the shadows hoping that we don’t get sick before we can finally shuffle in and get the shot.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Monday, October 26, 2009

Monday night update

Well, it’s Monday night and I’m sitting here watching television, which isn’t uncommon for me on a Monday.  Some of my favorite shows are (CSI: Miami, House, and Lie to Me) all on Monday night.  Frustratingly enough, we are into reruns already but thankfully my memory is so poor that I often forget the basic story lines and so I can usually rewatch them again without too much boredom.

How am I feeling?  Still feeling pretty good, though I am not going to the office because others on staff have colds and that is about the last thing I need right now.  Besides most of what I need now is now here at my home office. Tomorrow I plan to rewrite the section of my book on Philemon.  I’ll probably post it online on the theology of persecution research website. Should be fun!   

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Canadian police chase

For those of you who don’t live in Canada, you have no idea just how true to life this ad is…

Friday, October 23, 2009

Windows 7: Trust me

Even though I am a PC user, this is just too funny…

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Monday, October 19, 2009

Feeling great

SAMSUNG DIGIMAX A503Glad to report that for the last week, I have been feeling great.  Praise the Lord!  My energy is good, my mind is clear and I have been sleeping well.  Thanks for your prayers.

I just received my t-shirt from my niece, Alicia which her team put together recently in their funding raising for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of Canada’s Light the Night event in Calgary on the evening of September 26.  Our team named themselves after my favourite YouTube cartoon “Llamas with Hats”. Not bad, eh?

Thanks Alicia for all your hard work!  You’re the best!!

Friday, October 16, 2009

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Monday, October 12, 2009

Happy Thanksgiving from the Penners

As you can tell, we are all together for Thanksgiving this year!  What a joy!  Denita’s Mom & Dad are also down from Alberta so we have a houseful for dinner today.  Was a delicious meal.  Am I ever glad that I got my appetite back!  The turkey was perfect this year.

I’m getting stronger day by day, slowly recuperating from the pneumonia.  Just have to pace myself.  Thanks for your prayers. Have a great Thanksgiving!

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Glenn Penner: The Final Journey

Recently Cheryl Weber of 100 Huntley Street did an interview with me (which will air this Friday) regarding my seven year battle with cancer and how working with the persecuted church has impacted and been impacted by that.  I am amazed and humbled by the end result.  Cheryl has captured my heart exactly in this interview and the legacy that I hope to leave behind.    On behalf of my myself and my entire family, I want to thank Cheryl for this incredible gift.

You can also view this video on our multimedia site!

Sunday, October 4, 2009

Sunday update

It’s been quite a week. I have been home since Wednesday, though I had to be rushed to the hospital by ambulance on Thursday due to some terrible chest pains that they still don’t quite understand where they came from.  But I ended up home again and am almost finished with the antibiotics that they are giving me. Tomorrow is the last day. I look forward to being finished with them.  Either they or something else I am taking has been causing me anxiety again over the last 18 hours.  Not as bad as a week ago, but disconcerting nonetheless.  I would appreciate your prayers as I find it very disturbing.  I feel closed in and panicky for no reason at all.  As a result, I had a terrible sleep last night and am rather drowsy today.  But I can’t really sleep due to the anxiety.  So, it’s a vicious circle.  What a life….