On the Table– January 7 through 13

With many thanks for your concerns about my health, please allow me to indulge in an update.

The pacemaker is working fine– a little *too* well, to be honest, as it seems to put a nice “thud-thud-thud” in my chest when, say, I’m trying to stop ruminating about the fact that I have a pacemaker and fall asleep at night. So I haven’t been sleeping super well. But I’m able to go for a long walk every day, which is a great celebration of life and a way to ease my worried mind. I’ve seen the cardiologist, and they prefer to wait until the end of the month to see about adjusting the parameters on my pacemaker… so we wait. In the meantime, no lifting or other physical labor (please join me in praying for no snow).

Yesterday, I was grateful to see a leading-edge brain injury specialist about my concussion. The cognitive/reaction tests I took were a bit frustrating, but overall it was great to hear that my prognosis is quite good. It was also nice to learn that the physical, emotional, attention-related, and cognitive challenges I’ve been facing are in fact normal, and to look back and realize that they are fading as well. They put no limitations on my mental workload, but simply suggested that I take frequent rest breaks from my creative work.

Speaking of my diminished capacities, one thoughtful Common Tabler kindly suggested an interesting tactic: that I do what I can for each Sunday gathering, then invite others to fill in the gaps. Which seemed very CT to me, and very freeing for me personally and productively. So I’m currently working through the Lectionary readings, and especially the Gospel reading, exploring the theme of ‘expectations’ and trying to write an engaging entre to a discussion. So if you have any thoughts, please forward them to me or bring them on Sunday, and come ready for collaboration! I’m excited to see everyone at Church of the Good Shepherd at 10:15.

With deep, sincere thanks for all of your support,
Mike Stavlund


Mike is a solid, stand-up guy that enjoys writing poetry and prose, hanging out with family and friends, and long walks around a Weber kettle grill.

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