Zig Ziglar Health Update – Embrace the Struggle!
Since it has been awhile since our last update I thought I would bring you up to speed on Dad’s health and his busy schedule.
First, Dad is doing great. The shunt surgery in April has really helped his balance and his energy level. The short-term memory is still short, but we have seen some small signs of improvement and he still remains the happiest man alive!
Yesterday we had a follow-up appointment with Dr. Richard Jackson.
That is Dad’s neurosurgeon in the picture! Rated best in Dallas by his peers. He even made the cover of D Magazine!
Doctor Jackson adjusted Dad’s shunt yesterday to allow more fluid to be released from the brain. Please pray that this adjustment will have a positive impact in Dad’s short-term memory. It was cool watching Doctor Jackson do this procedure – it was like a Star Trek science fiction movie. He used a large magnet hooked up to a computer to move the dial on the shunt that is in Dad’s skull. All he did was put it on the skin and push a button. Fast and painless!
After the new setting was placed we had to go downstairs to get an X-ray to make sure everything was in the right place. Mom had to fill out the customary paperwork and when she finished, she asked Dad in her “Mom parent’s voice” to sign the paperwork. Dad replied, “Should I sign right here where it says ‘parent’s permission’?” The lady next to Mom cracked up!
Next Dad had to go in and get his X-ray. They said it would take only a few minutes, but because they had to take a second X-ray (the first one didn’t have the right angle), it took about 45 minutes. As we were leaving the hospital I told Dad I was surprised it took two X-rays to find his brain. He looked at me and said, “Actually they had to take two X-rays because my brain was too big to fit on one!” Life is good in the Ziglar family.
Because Dad has embraced these struggles they have not slowed him down at all. Mom, Julie, and Dad are still traveling across the U.S. to do their interviews on the big Get Motivated Seminars. In fact, on Monday Julie and Dad spoke to over 15,000 people in Tulsa.
Here is a list of the other cities in which they have appeared since the surgery: Madison and Green Bay, Wisconsin; Seattle, Washington; Asheville, North Carolina; and Tulsa, Oklahoma. Not bad for an 81-year-old stair diver!
Dad and I also had the pleasure of playing golf a few weeks ago with Gil Stricklin of Marketplace Chaplains (www.mchapusa.com). It was Dad’s first round in almost a year. He was definitely a little rusty and he did get a little frustrated, but he had the lowest score of any person in our foursome with a brain shunt!
We also have come to an agreement with a publisher for the book Embrace the Struggle. Howard is going to publish it and we are very excited. They are part of Simon and Schuster out of New York, which means they have a huge sales force and marketing engine behind them. We are looking for great things with this relationship and are hoping the book will be released by the middle of 2009.
This about wraps up the latest update on Dad. Your continued prayers are certainly appreciated. It would be awesome if you wanted to send him a note. The best way to do this to leave a comment below. I will print it for Dad, and the world will get to see what you have to say. Dad especially loves to hear about how his message has helped you.
As always you can go to www.ziglar.com/zigupdate to keep posted on Dad.