Cranial arteritis, also known as granulomatous arteritis,
temporal arteritis and giant cell arteritis, is an inflammation of the wall of
the arteries. It is probably due to a disordered immune reaction. As the name
implies, it most commonly involves arteries in the head and can lead to serious
consequences if the artery becomes blocked. The most common serious result is
permanent blindness in an eye because of obstruction of its blood supply.
Fortunately, this complication can be prevented in most instances by the use of
steroid, anti-inflammatory medications such as prednisone.
Cranial arteritis may lead to vague symptoms of muscle aches, fever,
decreased appetite and unusual fatigue. It is most common in persons over the
age of 60. Diagnosis is difficult and confirmation requires biopsy of one or
more segments of one of the superficial arteries (near the surface of the skin),
particularly the temporal artery. It's crucial for the physician to be alert to
this rather uncommon problem because early testing, diagnosis and treatment can
My mother, Ruth, has been battling this ailment for several years and
recently suffered a mild stroke (actually called a stroked artery) which has
left her blind in her left eye and nearly blind in her right eye. She is being
treated with Prednisone. She may have contracted it due to a case of shingles
she suffered. Unfortunately, for all this time, the doctors thought she had
arthritis, and were treating her for the wrong disease.
Mother had a
very thorough eye exam and laser surgery in Tucson by Dr. Barry Kusman. He
pioneered laser technology in Arizona in regard to cataract surgery. He felt
that the cataract surgery would be very successful, restoring her vision in her
right eye to 20/30. The surgery took approximately 8 minutes, and she was awake
throughout the surgery. Results have not been as good as we had hoped.
Update on April 27, 2002:
Mother may have suffered a mild
stroke, but tests have shown nothing conclusive. She is undergoing tests at a
hospital in Denton. More news as it becomes available. So far, doctors have been
unable to determine the cause of this latest downturn in her health.
Update on April 28, 2002:
I talked to Phyllis this morning
at the hospital. Doctors do not think she had a stroke; there is no evidence of
one unless it was too mild to show up in tests. Mother is not on Oxygen any
longer (her Oxygen level in her blood was low, so they had her on Oxygen last
night). Still no causes determined for her weakness and feeling bad. They may do
an MRI and other tests. They may put her in physical therapy since she hasn't
been getting any exercise. They will keep her another day or two and send her
Update on April 29, 2002:
I asked Heidi about some of the
tests and what they might be looking for. Heidi is a Registered Nurse working in
the cardiac center at one of the major hospitals in Wichita, so she is pretty
familiar with this sort of situation. She said her unit could probably do all
that is needed if we could get Mother up here. Anyway, here is what she sent me:
An MRA is a Magnetic Resonance Angiogram. They were looking for any
blockages that would be potential stroke causers. The MRI is Magnetic Resonance
Imaging and would be looking for evidence of stroke probably (or other brain
Update on April 30, 2002:
Doctors now believe she had a
stroke. More information will be posted pending results of tests and further
Update on May 1, 2002:
Mother is going to a rehab/skilled
nursing facility in Plano. The Dr thinks this will help her get some strength
back. She is still too weak to stay alone. Phyllis will take her tomorrow
afternoon. We don't know if it will be a few days or longer. Not sure. Mother is
ok, still weak but seems pretty good. She did have a stroke, however mild, I
don't really know. No other conclusive test results other than they seem to
think that a little bit may be due to not enough potassium and a little bit to
the fact that she is 87.
Update on May 2, 2002:
Treatment is having a very positive
effect. Mother is able to sit in a chair and get up by herself, is carrying on
conversations with her roommate and with visitors, and is looking better than
she has in months. She starts physical therapy tomorrow.
Update on May 23, 2002:
Mother is now back home
recuperating and doing very well. No further plans have been made except to
provide daily care.
Ruth and her friend
Click HERE to read the very moving and informative speech given at
Heidi's graduation ceremony by Toni Thress, RNC, MSN. She gives the history of
the pinning ceremony. She also makes you proud to be a nurse if you are one, or
if not she will almost make you want to be one!
In case you were wondering what I do for a living....read
my job description Registered Nurse
(from Kevin & Angel)
Lauren has begun taking horseback riding lessons and loves it (she's nuts
about horses!). She's a little shaky about going too fast, and she's too small
to reach the stirrups, but after just two lessons she can steer the horse around
and through a line of barrels (that is, if she can get the horse going; she
really can't kick hard enough to make the horse blink, but with a little
coaxing...). We hope to put some pictures up soon.
Joshua's basketball picture for 1999-2000
(jersey is reversible,
red and blue)
Joshua is about to start up basketball again and hopefully sometime soon
(funds pending) even a few horse riding lessons as well. Both of the kids are
doing fine. Lauren has started Pre-K, and Joshua is in 2nd grade. Incidentally,
Kevin will be coaching Joshua's team this year. This will be our second year in
Upward Basketball, a Christian league through Metropolitan Baptist Church in
Wichita. However, this year they have a branch in Derby at First Christian
Church, so it will be a lot closer for us.
I (Kevin) got to help out with PromiseKeepers this year. I went to the
September one in Oklahoma City with the guys in my Bible study group. That
Friday afternoon we first spent some time visiting the Oklahoma City Memorial
for the Murrah Building. That was very touching. I think the hardest part was
seeing the chairs. For each person killed in the bombing, there's a chair
arranged by building floor on which the person died. Then you notice that 19 of
the chairs are tiny chairs, one for each of the children. Man, that's hard. It
makes me teary-eyed just to picture it again. I would encourage all of you to
visit the Memorial if you can. In my opinion, the design is genius, freezing
time to that exact minute, etc. If you visit it, you'll understand what I mean.
Anyway, PromiseKeepers. They were needing volunteers to help with different
aspects of the program, such as prayer counselors, security, food distribution,
offering collection, and ushering. Well, being the willing and dedicated person
that I am (no comments, Angel), I did it all! It was really a great time. I got
to meet a number of the "big wigs" behind PromiseKeepers, and I learned a lot
about what kind of work goes into such a thing, knowledge I hope to apply later
with my own ministry work. And I did get to hear the speakers as well.
Incidentally, the special music was provided by Mark Schultz. Mark is a youth
pastor who wrote a now popular song you may recognize called "He's My Son." It's
about a family in his church whose son has cancer, and the words are the prayers
of those parents crying out to God, "Can you hear me? Am I getting through
tonight?" etc. Anyway, Mark performed this song, after which he gave an update
about that boy (I don't remember what his name was). Mark said the boy was 14
when he wrote that song, and now at 16 he is in TOTAL REMISSION! Praise God! Now
I can listen to the song again (it tore me up too much to listen).
ekeinon dei auxanein, eme de elatousthai. John 3:30
favorite verse in Greek transliteration)
USS Putnam (DD-757) Home Page
Link to the Destroyer on which Hershel Flowers served during World War II.
These links to the Korean War Project Home Page and the 45th
Division are placed here as a tribute to Hershel Flowers and to the
distinguished Guardsmen with whom he served during the Korean conflict: Korean War Project Home Page
Link to the Korean War Project Home Page.45th Division Home
-- Link to the 45th Division with which Hershel Flowers served during
the Korean conflict. 179th Infantry Regiment
(Heavy Mortars) Page
-- Link to the Heavy Mortar Company with which Hershel
Flowers served during the Korean conflict.
Flowers Family Update:
Other Flowers family members
were affected by the record sized tornados in the Oklahoma City area in 1999.
Please pray for them as they deal with recovery.
The father of one of our cousins in the Oklahoma City area
battled diabetes for several years. Please pray for the family as they deal with
the loss of this loved one. The final report is as
December 26, 2000:
My beloved father, Coy Ferguson, passed away on
Thursday, December 21 at 4:08 p.m. at the age of 68. He is now in his heavenly
home and at peace. I was with him when he died, and his passing was very
Oklahoman, Saturday, December 23, 2000, Obituary)
FERGUSON, Coy D., 68,
landscape nursery owner, died Thursday. Services 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, St. Andrew's
United Methodist Church (Vondel L. Smith & Son South).
written by Adam Flowers to his mother, Linda, following the death of his
grandfather, Coy Ferguson
Please pray for us as we grieve the loss of this
Here is a URL for a diabetic memorial web site that I
submitted a memorial for my dad. I still miss him so much.
Here is a link to the
"Ordinary Woman/Extraordinary God" Christian women's web site I enjoy so much.
Linda's son Adam is attending the University of Oklahoma and is the
webmaster for his fraternity. He has also been elected to an office in the
fraternity. Here is a link to their Kappa Alpha Order, Beta Eta Chapter Home
This section is placed here without editorial comment regarding
the bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City on April
19, 1995 or any matter related to it. It is here as information only for anyone
interested in knowing about the memorial itself. A plaque has been added at the
Oklahoma City memorial stating that Timothy McVeigh was executed on June 11,
2001. McVeigh was put to death by lethal injection at the federal penitentiary
in Terre Haute, Indiana. He was pronounced dead at 8:14 am ET. He issued a
written statement but did not speak any final words from the death chamber.
Acknowledgement: Photos were provided by Peggy Greene. Information about
the memorial and the brochure were provided by Linda
Flowers, and scanning of the brochure was provided by Linda
Flowers and Adam Flowers.
(Added February 9, 2001 after receiving email
from a new friend) "Shortly after the bombing, my brother-in-law started a
non-profit organization to help the kids injured in the blast and those who lost
parents cope with the event. I've put together a website for the Kids, We Care,
Inc. organization. Just thought you might like to see some
of the good that has come out of that horrible day.
Until recently, I
worked at Globe Color Press, just two blocks away from the Memorial. I printed
that brochure you have displayed on your site. John Northcutt"
photos of the newly opened Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building National Memorial
in Oklahoma City. The building was destroyed by a bomb on April 19, 1995 (my
mother's birthday). The memorial sits on the location where the Murrah building
was at the time of the bombing. Sidewalks are constructed of granite stone from
the building. Each of the glowing chairs in the Field of Empty Chairs bears the
name of one of the persons killed in the bombing. They are arranged in nine
rows, representing the nine floors, and each chair is arranged according to the
floor where the victim worked or was visiting at the time of the explosion. Five
chairs sit alone at the West end for the people killed outside the building. No
two chairs are exactly alike to show that each person was an individual. A large
patio, The Alfred P. Murrah Plaza and Memorial Overlook, behind the chairs was
used as an area to eat lunch or visit and also contained the playground for the
daycare center. It now bears the shield of each of the agencies formerly housed
in the building.
A portion of the fence used to keep people out during
rescue and eventual implosion still stands on the West side and still contains
personal memorabilia placed there by or on behalf of mourners from all over the
world. The street that ran in front of the building is now a Reflecting Pool. At
the East and West entrances to the memorial stand two Gates of Time. The East
entrance is a portal bearing the time 9:01, one minute before the explosion,
then the Reflecting Pool, then a portal on the West bearing the time 9:03. The
building across the Reflecting Pool from the Field of Empty Chairs was a
newspaper building, The Journal Record, and will serve as a museum after it is
refurbished. A lone tree, called The Survivor Tree, stood in front of the
building and withstood the blast. It is thriving again, now surrounded by the
Rescuer's Orchard (fruit bearing and flowering trees). Churches nearby were
almost destroyed but have been repaired and offer a place for prayer for
Here are a few additional comments and links to the photos
themselves. The titles to the pictures pretty much describe what each picture
1) "Facing east at sunrise"is standing at the 9:03 gate, looking
toward the East at sunrise and shows the survivor tree on the left, the Field of
Empty Chairs on the right, the 9:01 gate, and in the background on the left, the
tall white building is the YMCA where there was another day care center (several
injuries but no fatalities), and on the right is the Methodist church that
suffered heavy damage.
2) "From 250 feet above" shows the Reflecting Pool, the two
Gates of Time and the chairs on the right.
"Thunderstorm looking Southeast" just shows the chairs at night with
lightning. This is taken from the North side looking South.
4)"Thunderstorm looking West" is taken from the Southeast corner
of the Memorial looking to the Northwest. To the right is the Journal Record
building which has become the Museum and was opened to the public on February
19, 2001, and straight back is the Regency Tower Apartments which were also
"Glowing" is a picture of the Field of Empty Chairs taken almost in
the middle of the chairs. Again, the Journal Record building (now the Museum) is
to the left, and the tall white building in the back is the YMCA.
"Jesus at sunset" is taken on the West end outside the Memorial. This
statute is at the Catholic Church across the street from the entrance at the
West end. The Gate of Time in the photo is the 9:03 one.
Here is a copy of the brochure which is available at the
memorial. It was scanned in four parts."Memorial Brochure Part
1" "Memorial Brochure Part 2" "Memorial Brochure Part
3" "Memorial Brochure Part 4"
Additional photos of the bombing and the aftermath recently
added."Photo of the Murrah Federal Building before the bombing"
"Photo of the destruction inside the Journal Record Building after the
bombing" "Photo of the
Murrah Federal Building after the bombing" "Photo of the
emergency operations after the bombing"
Feel free to
share these and this information with anyone.
The Oklahoma City National Memorial Center was opened to the
public by President George W. Bush on Monday, February 19, 2001. It is housed in
the west end of the former Journal Record Building which sustained severe damage
by the bomb. There were also fatalities in the building. The building has been
restored and serves as an interactive learning museum.
The building was
built in 1923 and is on the National Register of Historic Places. The whole
national memorial site is a must see for everyone. I highly recommend everyone
make an effort to visit Oklahoma City and see this Memorial and visit the
museum. It is an intense experience, one which will bring tears to the eyes of
even the strongest person. The Memorial is especially breathtaking at night;
however, the museum is not open after 6:00 P.M.
"Museum Brochure Part
"Museum Brochure Part 2"
"Museum Brochure Part
"Museum Brochure Part 4"
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