Glen Friesen.. UpDate.

Glen is a longtime member of Hub City Turners and the Saskatchewan Woodworkers Guild. It is hard to imagine anyone who has done more for the IA program in High Schools or raising money for cancer research with the Matisho Memorial turning weekend than Glen. Many of us were very concerned last fall when Glen became ill. Recently Duncan reached out to Glen for an update on his health and here is Glen’s response.
Welcome back and continue healing Glen.

Well, I guess there is some confusion out there about how I am doing. This would have been addressed in my first “Shavings” article of the year, but a mix-up prevented it from being printed in the Guild newsletter. I think that this possibly was taken as an indication that I was not doing well. I have also not attended any meetings of the Turning Club or the Guild in 2019, adding to the confusion. So, Duncan approached me on behalf of the Hub City Turners to write an update as to how I am doing to clear up the confusion.
First, a little bit of background. At the end of 2018 and the first eight months of 2019 were not what I expected. Last December I was diagnosed with a massive life-threatening infection. Treatment for this was massive doses of antibiotics. At the end of December, a nurse trained my wife, Sheila, to administer the I.V. through the pic line which had just been installed in my left bicep. This allowed me to go home which was great. For the next three and a half months I received three bags and two syringes filled with antibiotics daily. By mid April, I had progressed to oral antibiotics and the line in my arm was removed. Progress was assessed by a CT scan or MRI approximately every month to six weeks. After each scan, I met with my doctor to assess the results. The lesions on my brain shrank every month, so the treatment was working and all that I needed was to continue the antibiotics and more time. By the end of June, the CT scan showed that most of the lesions were gone and the couple that remained had stopped shrinking. My Doctor considered me healed and the treatment a success. I was told that I could stop taking the antibiotics. This was a good day.
I tried to regain my strength through June, July and August by working on my house addition. This has worked to a point, but this has been the most difficult part of the ordeal. Throughout the summer, I had good days and bad days. Early in August, discussions with my family doctor started about my return to work. My doctor recommended that I go back half time, but I knew how my classes were set up for the first semester and I thought that I would like to try going back full time. This is what I have done. I started the school year as I have done many years before. I have tried to take it a bit easier. I also have a prep period in period 5 every day, which shortens the day by an hour. Now, a month in, I have done quite well, I still am tired some days and try hard not to overdo it and I have good support from staff and administration. The lack of energy is the issue now. I guess one does not recover as quickly as I had hoped from taking massive doses of antibiotics and lying on my couch for seven months Right now, I try to preserve as much strength as I can for teaching. I have let everything else go for now except writing my “Shavings” column for the Guild. My September edition will be in the October newsletter. I have not taken a day off work this year yet.
At a recent check up with my family Doctor, he stated that he felt that I was doing really well. I was glad to hear this and will try my hardest to get back to “normal” as soon as possible.

Thanks for the concern.

Glen Friesen

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