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The Rev. Thomas Skrenes, Bishop
Brothers and Sisters:
Greetings in the Name of Jesus!
As you know, at Epiphany worship on January 6th, while in South Carolina for the Academy of Bishops, I suffered a significant seizure. Thanks to the colleague bishops and their spouses and thanks to my wife’s nurse manager skills, I received excellent emergency care at a large hospital and medical school in Charleston. There were lots of tests! The good news is that there are no tumors, blood clots or bleeds in my brain or in the arteries connecting to it. The doctors think that this incident may have occurred because of a previous injury to the brain (a stroke I had when I was 24 years old.)
I am now on anti-seizure medications (getting used to the new drugs) and today was the first day I went back to my gym in Marquette for a brisk work out. It felt great! I have been easing back into work over the last week. My Marquette neurologist is confident that the medication will greatly reduce the likelihood of a reoccurrence. In any event, he does not want to see me for a year! I take that as a very good sign.
In the midst of this medical incident and the anxiety accompanying it, I (and Luanne) have received excellent pastoral care from many of our clergy and lay people. You have sent me notes, emails, called me on the phone and greeted me in church with your assurance that I am in your prayers. Thank you! Three of our pastors have told me their own “seizure stories.”
This experience has reminded me that while none of us know the future, we all can be comforted by the words of Psalm 34 where we are told, “I sought the Lord and he answered me and delivered me out of all my terror.”
Blessed Epiphany—“Jesus Christ is the light of the world.”
+Thomas A. Skrenes, Bishop