A Word About My Health and the Pandemic

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56 Responses

  1. prodinov says:

    Michael, know this…you are a beacon of light in the darkness. (Overused term but it fits you 100%). I pray for your stamina and strength. When your time comes, you will one day hear/see the impact you have had on lives. It can be a challenge to fight the fight…but you fight the good fight (another overused term but fitting you 110%). And my daughter thanks you since she got an emotional support cat last month…and understanding more how her relationship with the cat can connect with her understanding of the Gospel…well done good and faithful servant.

  2. Michael says:


    You humble me with your kindness.
    Thank you, my friend.

  3. Captain Kevin says:

    Continuing to pray for you, Michael.

  4. Michael says:

    Thank you, CK…

  5. filbertz says:

    The medical profession has been considered an entitlement by many Americans for too long–that access to appointments, procedures, and surgery is taken for granted. The reality is that poor people and minorities are generally excluded & only access the system in emergencies and then only at the emergency room. The Covid crisis has decimated the medical community more than any other group–including small business–by the relentlessness of the demands and the ongoing lack of respect and cooperation of the general public. You have accurately identified this issue before & again today–and personify the affect to many who otherwise would be untouched by the dilemma. I have grave concerns about the future of medical care in the US, but also presently grow increasingly worried about its viability short-term. Your chronic challenges remain in my prayers, as, apparently, the Great Physician is the one most accessible.

  6. Michael says:


    Well said…and thank you, my friend.

  7. Jim V says:

    Thank you for sharing. I am among the many who are praying that God will heal and sustain you.

    I am not a pandemic denier, but I strongly believe that the response in many states has been misguided and devastating, especially to young students and their families.

  8. Michael says:


    I appreciate your prayers.
    The pandemic has been devastating to all of us in some way…but I don’t believe that embracing conspiracy theories is helpful.
    My belief is that we didn’t know how to handle this, handled it as best we could, and made a ton of mistakes.
    We can try to find out who the villains were after we’re safe again.

  9. bob1 says:


    Thank you for sharing.

    You’re in my prayers.

    Your site really is a beacon to a lot of us.

  10. Michael says:

    Thank you, bob1.
    I’m encouraged that it will all work out.

  11. Cathy says:

    I am here to agree with you, and to pray for those who just do not get it. I have been angry more than once with the cavalier attitude displayed by some regarding masking up or even acknowledging that a pandemic exists. I wish that my anger helped the situation, it doesn’t. So I am left to pray, and that doesn’t always help either, but it is better than nothing. I pray for your health and well being, I pray for my family’s wellbeing and I pray for my coworkers and others who work in healthcare. I have not much hope anymore, but prayer indicates that hope is still there is some measure…pray for us all to have hope!

  12. Michael says:


    I think you have hit a sweet spot…if we are hopeful we can bear anything.
    Anger destroys even the hope of hope.
    Praying for new hope, indeed.

  13. Xenia says:

    God bless you, Michael.

  14. Michael says:


    Thank you, my friend…

  15. Em says:

    Amen to all the above posts…..
    Lord we stand in prayer against the evil one. Send Your assets, Father, from heaven to be the protection Michael Newnham needs now. Thank You, Father. Our hope is in Your grace and mercies to us.

  16. DavidM says:

    I am glad that you and the nurse were able to bond. Sometimes in the middle of tough, what we may deem to be unfair situations, we can find that small bit of light and blessing. I am praying for it all to be resolved for you and for you to be on the road to recovery. Also, thanks for the invitation to deniers of the pandemic to leave!

    I just watched the landing of Perseverance on Mars and the celebration at JPL. I was thinking how these bright, intelligent, educated people are using their capacities for the good of humanity. I also contrasted that scene with those who use their minds and hearts to embrace and promote idiocy and conspiracies. May we have more of the former.

  17. Bride of Christ says:

    I will continue in my prayers for you, Michael. There is a light at the end of this tunnel; I’m convinced of it. My husband received the Covid vaccine here in San Diego last week – the same day my 93-year-old father was vaccinated in Wisconsin. I am not old enough yet to be vaccinated, but it gives me hope that people I know have started the vaccination process. I hope you get vaccinated soon Michael. Neither my father or my husband had any bad reactions to the vaccine – just a slightly sore arm for two days. My son-in-law in the Army also got the vaccine, and he didn’t have a bad reaction either. So get the vaccine if you can! It sounds like you could use a shot in the arm! ( pun intended ) Spring is around the corner, as well but I know what it’s like to ‘ hit the wall” dealing with all of this. I was feeling pretty hopeless myself just three weeks ago thinking I would never see my grandchildren again. At 12 months my new grandson is so gosh darned cute it breaks my heart not to be able to hold him and hug him.

  18. Nathan Priddis says:

    I saw my MD this AM. He felt it is very important to be vaccinated because this has been so devastating.
    However, he felt I should not recieve the second dose. A vaccine’s purpose is to activate the immune system, and that’s a problem for me.

    I am convinced any person, not having an active illness caused by an underlying autoimmune, should definitely be vaccinated for your protection, as well as the protection of others.

  19. Nathan Priddis says:

    Michael. I will pray for you.
    Thank you for your thoughts and regards when mentioned I was struggling after being vaccinated. It’s been two weeks and I am improving this AM.

  20. Duane Arnold says:


    I have advised less stress… Ignored!
    I have advised a better diet… Ignored!
    I have advised frequent check-ups… Ignored!

    I will, despite being ignored, encourage you to rest in the love and prayers of this somewhat eccentric community of faith. Love you, my brother!

  21. Owen says:

    Michael, I am continuing in fervent prayer for you. I know where you’re at healthwise, I’ve been there myself.

    Reading your post makes me desperately wish there was a way to bring you up here – given your condition, you’d have surgery in about 3 months at most (mine was just under three months after my diagnosis). And I wasn’t getting quite as weak as you seem to be, either.

    Praying for strength, health, and a miracle for the moving up of your surgery.

  22. Michael says:

    Thank you, Em!

  23. Michael says:


    Well said.
    This bonding with the nurse was a huge blessing because I felt recognized as a person, not a problem.
    There’s a message there somewhere…

  24. Michael says:

    Bride of Christ,

    Thank you for your prayers.
    I want to get vaccinated, but the rollout here has been slow…looks like spring for me.

  25. Michael says:


    We’ll continue to pray for your complete recovery…and that one shot will be enough…

  26. Michael says:


    I did follow your counsel about an evening cocktail…they say rum will help me in many ways.
    I said amen…
    Love you much, my friend.

  27. Michael says:


    Thank you for your prayers.
    The other big blessing is that if my anatomy allows it…I will have the TAVR procedure instead of open heart surgery.
    That…helped me mentally a lot.

  28. Eric says:

    I’m thankful to be in a country with a strong public health system and where the virus was kept under control.

    We’re starting vaccinations next week: First the frontline, then the vulnerable, then the oldest, then going down through the age groups. We’re not in any danger – we never got as far as having to wear masks – so I even feel like we should be letting other countries start their vaccinations before us.

  29. Michael says:


    That’s amazing…one of my doctors said yesterday we’ve got at least another year to go…mainly because people buck all the preventative measures here.

  30. Erunner says:

    There are times I don’t know how to pray. To be honest the thought of praying “Thy will be done” scares me because what if His will goes in the total direction of mine??

    My prayers have always been for you Michael.

    I find drinking ice cold, sugar free almond milk does wonders!!

    God bless you brother

  31. Michael says:

    Erunner…good to see you!
    I’ll stick with rum, though… 🙂

  32. Erunner says:

    My last post should read

    “There are times I don’t know how to pray. To be honest the thought of praying “Thy will be done” scares me because what if His will goes in the total OPPOSITE direction of mine??

    My prayers have always been for you Michael.

    I find drinking ice cold, sugar free almond milk does wonders!!

    God bless you brother

  33. Erunner says:

    Michael….. it’s good to be seen! I prefer schnapps!!! 🙂

  34. Linn says:

    Maybe almond milk with a bit of rum? 😀
    Michael, I have been praying for you this afternoon in between classes of very busy fifth graders. The surgery is important so slow down enough to be at your best when it happens. And, thank you for taking a truthful stand on all things pandemic. One of my church friends messaged me yesterday that her whole family is ill. They have insisted on attending our open (but shouldn’t be) church, and I am concerned about them.

  35. Michael says:

    Thank you, Linn.
    I’m not pretending that this pandemic doesn’t present complex and difficult issues…but we’ll never solve them by denying that the danger exists.
    There are plenty of places online where people can do that…this will never be one of them.

  36. Elena says:


  37. Owen says:

    Michael, that would be ideal, let’s hope.
    Is it the aortic valve? They had to crack my chest for mine, but I have read they were able to do that procedure for some cases.

  38. Kevin H says:


    Words so true. I will keep praying for you.

  39. Dan from Georgia says:

    Will be in prayer for you Michael!

  40. JD says:

    Prayers going up now for you Micheal.

  41. Babylon's Dread says:

    Our mortality binds us together no matter what we separate over. When a brother shares his own mortality story we enter into that as we have with our brother Michael. And Michael points out to us how our mortality might better cause us to give thought to one another.

    And I add my blessings to the others, this is a long standing community and we love Michael and pray for his extended life.

  42. Michael says:

    Kevin, Gan, JD, BD…thank you.

    We live in a time when we should recognize our common mortality with more clarity than in generations past, and that should indeed bind us together…but it hasn’t.
    Something is broken…

  43. josh hamrick says:

    Love you, brother.

  44. Michael says:


    Love you too, my friend….

  45. pslady says:

    Praying for you Michael…my Phoenix Preacher friend.

  46. Michael says:


    Thank you, my friend…

  47. Muff Potter says:

    Michael, even though I’ve never been much of a prayin’ man you have my thoughts and prayers too.

  48. Michael says:

    Thank you, Muff…you’ve been with us a long time!

  49. Linnea says:

    Michael…I’ve been on this forum for a long time and you have brought light to circumstances and promoted healing for so many. I am joining many who are praying for you (dare I say, for you to black out in public?–only partially kidding). Much love to you and prayers for healing.

  50. Michael says:

    Thank you, Linnea…you have been a friend for many years and I do appreciate you!

  51. McGarrett says:


    You are a warrior who has stood in the gap for so many that are broken and hurt. I also, am not a prayer warrior, but praying for you, that God’s mercies would abound.

  52. Michael says:

    Thank you, McGarret!

  53. pstrmike says:

    I’m sad to read this on so many levels. I ‘ll just borrow from Duane in recognition of our common experience and sentiment.

    “I have advised less stress… Ignored!
    I have advised a better diet… Ignored!
    I have advised frequent check-ups… Ignored!

    I will, despite being ignored, encourage you to rest in the love and prayers of this somewhat eccentric community of faith. Love you, my brother!”

    ok rant over, love you bro!

  54. Michael says:


    Love you, my friend…at least I followed up and went to the doctor… 🙂

  55. Mike E. says:

    Michael, I pray for you, Love you, my brother.

  56. Michael says:

    Thank you.
    Love you too, my friend…

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