Deke and Family Need Your Prayers!
Brothers and Sisters,
this has been a very difficult first quarter of 2001 for my family and
I. We desperately need your prayers.
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In early January I contracted
the first of three bouts with the flu, and I nearly died in a
diabetic coma in February. My wife contracted one of the
two types of flu in February. In all I have been sick five times
since January: three types of flu and two bouts of bronchitis.
On February 20 while my wife was attending our acutely ill son at his home
about 40 miles away, I was running a 104+ degree fever and was unaware that
I had dehydrated and slipped into hypoglycemia (low blood sugar) while I
was sleeping. I am diabetic.
I awakened at about 3:00
AM on February 20, slipping in and out of consciousness. I nearly
passed out on the floor three or four times before I could get
to the telephone. I knew I could not reach the front door without
losing consciousness before I could unlock it, but I managed
to retain consciousness long enough reach the phone and call my
wife. I knew that she could contact paramedics if I failed
to respond to her as she talked. She stayed on the phone with
me for probably an hour, giving instructions on what I should do.
I managed to rehydrate my carcass and obtain some carbohydrates to
restore my blood sugar level. Had I lost consciousness completely
before she answered the telephone at my son's house, I most certainly would
have died in diabetic coma because she was not due to return home for at
least two more days. I am much better now, but I'm still recovering
from the last bronchitis attack.
My wife spent many days
on the road between our home and Moose's house while she was sick with
the flu. She has been great blessing to me and our son.
I have no idea what would have happened had she not been available to
help my son. She has recovered now, but it has been a very
exhausting twelve weeks.
In mid-February our son,
Moose developed a serious back problem. He had to leave college
and move back home. He will have to put off his double major in
computer science and computer engineering until next year, although you
may pick up a few classes this summer. He had been suffering
back pain for several months, and while I was sick with the flu he developed
acute pain in his mid back from a bulged disk. He has both a chiropractor
and a medical doctor, but in his case, unlike mine, the chiropractic treatments
are not working. The pain in his right leg is increasing in intensity
despite heavy doses of morphine. Poor ol' Moose is finding it
difficult to keep his spirits high. He is getting very little sleep
and is finding it difficult to keep his spirits high. He is scheduled
for an MRI scan, and it appears likely that he will have to have spinal
surgery. His agonized cries to the LORD for relief
have been a regular part of our alliance for more than a month.
His doctor prescribed a wheelchair for him several weeks ago, and the
State has issued him a temporary disabled driver placard.
Both my wife and I are exhausted from this three month ordeal. Please
pray for us.
ROCCS is NOT Moving to WebRing!!!
There has been
an ABSOLUTELY FALSE rumor circulating
that ROCCS will be moving to WebRing. ROCCS is staying with Yahoo!
for many reasons, not the least of which is the superiority of the Server
Side Navigation Bar. Please do not delete your web site in anticipation
of that move!
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The Server Side Navigation Bar Can Be a Valuable Addition to
Your Web Site
I wish to encourage
all of you to join Yahoo! and install the Server Side Navigation Bar
on your web site if you don't have it now. Yahoo! membership and
the Server Side Navigation Bar provide many benefits
both to me as your RingMaster, and to you as an ROCCS Member. Most
notably, unlike the old html fragment, the SSNB requires no maintenance
or modifications once it is installed. The graphic content (the colors
and logo) presented by the Navigation Bar are RingMaster-controlled.
Unless you are a Yahoo!
member, you cannot edit any part of your member profile (Member's File).
I do not have access to member profiles, so if you want to make changes
to your site's URL, Email address, or other member data without being
suspended from ROCCS, you must, at the very least, join Yahoo!
Installing the Server Side Navigation Bar is extremely easy once you are
a Yahoo! member.
You don't have to worry
about the Navigation Bar's appearance, and you don't have to worry about
whether or not it is presented properly on your web page. Yahoo!
transmits the navigation bar to your web site using the parameters I
choose. If you accidentally remove the SSNB during editing, Yahoo!
notifies me that there's a problem with your Navigation Bar and I can act
quickly to help you restore the SSNB and preserve our ring's integrity.
Bar requires absolutely no editing on your part. Once you install
the two lines of code, there's nothing more for you to do unless you
change URL's. In that case, it is very easy to generate a new Navigation
Bar and install it using your html editor.
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ROCCS Will Not be Accepting New Membership Applications Until Mid-Spring,
2001, because ...
of my family must come first; God makes that my first responsibility
in this world. It is written in 1Timothy 5:8, "But if anyone
does not provide for his own, and especially for those of his household,
he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever." (NKJ)
Our recent illnesses placed such terrible demands on my time resources
that I have had to close ROCCS to new member applications until
mid-spring, 2001. On the other hand,
if you are a returning or a current ROCCS member who wishes to add
a new web site to our ring, if you will write to me
I will make arrangements with you so that you can join the ring
now . Current and returning ROCCS members may send your
membership addition or reinstatement requests to me at:
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