A Little History:
Our story begins in Pocatello, Idaho, circa 1972, when the lovely Debby Christensen agreed to a first, though fateful date with admirer, David Croshaw. Long story-short, he bade her follow him, and they went arm-in-arm to the Logan, Utah temple for establishment of an eternal family unit, Generation 1, on May 23 1973.

From their first blissful summer in Salt Lake City, educational pursuits took them to Provo/Orem, Utah, birthplace of Leslie and Rebecca, and to San Francisco/Oakland California, birthplace of Colin and Matt. Then, for establishment of livelihood, expansion of the tribe with Abby and Dana, and for raising/unifying of Generation 2, it was back to the roots in Pocatello for a rewarding sojourn.

In time, driven by a raging, but commonly shared sense of adventure and independence, one-by-one, Generation 2 escaped the homeland to distant regions of the country and the world, each ultimately developing their own tribal expansions by pairing with worthy mates and initiating Generation 3.

Now sensing fulfillment of their purpose in Pocatello, Generation 1 has also left those roots and transplanted to Cascade Idaho, from which base, they anticipate more abundant contact with The Posterity, Generations 2 and 3, in the future. That contact however, awaits fulfillment of a call to LDS missionary service in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, wherein they hope to help the state of the world by sharing the love of Jesus Christ.

So now, including Generation 0 (Grandma and Grandpa Christensen) home base includes Yuma, Arizona, Pocatello, Idaho, Cascade, Idaho, Vancouver, BC, Fort Lauderdale, Florida, Spokane, Washington, Boise, Idaho, Los Angeles, California, back to Boise, Idaho, and on and on (Generation 3+) to infinity.

Our Mission Statement:
This is the blog of our eternal family unit. Initiated years ago, it served well as a journal, but even more so, as an archive of our personal interaction. It was a gathering place, a confabulation instrument, a unifying force for four generations of widely dispersed and progressively prolific posterity, and their valued associates. Though it served these purposes well for many years, it eventually took a back seat to new-kids-on-the-block, Facebook, and Instagram, and was sadly forgotten.

We now move to resurrect this blog with an added functional purpose of archiving the missionary experiences of Generation 1, of their movements and activities as they participate with The Gathering of Israel in the land northward. In so doing, we hope that via their own comments and posts, this blog will again serve to gather and unify the posterity and their friends.

As in the past, that the young and vibrant may know the old and tired, that enduring bonds may be fostered and maintained, that experience and encouragement may be openly shared, that posterity may embrace truth, and that hearts may be knit together, we must resist detachment despite our geographic divergence. We shall do so here.

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Add to my List....

... So it is 6:48 pm. In the midst of text Matt how to make chili, grading a pile of papers and hoping to leave in time to meet Valerie, Matt and Asher at Young Women, I got a call from a number I did not recognize, but that was local.

It was the Dr I saw Friday. For all his annoyances, he found something. He did 800 blood tests and found that in addition to everything else fun, I also contracted, at some unknown time, Lyme Disease. Excellent.

I have been feeling REALLY badly for over a year now and have had no insurance till Sept 1. I am very glad I went to the new Dr in town because he found something and did not just treat me for "pain," which is really, really annoying. So now... how long? What can be done? What damage has taken place?

IS there any way to even know?

Blah. I have high levels of IgM and IgG which is confusing... but remember my fun with autoimmunity, to me, it is not a cause of confusion. I think this is a long-term infection because I would have remembered the signs... but then again... garments are pretty concealing if I had "the rash" in a place that is normally covered...

So, 60 days of antibiotics and hoping for the best, but the arthritic and fatigue suggests that this is not something that will ever go away. But I am ok. I really am... I did find out that it is extremely high here in these parts. Awesome.

Prayers please, and while we are on it... We really need prayers about our house. It is worth 70000$ less than it was 3 years ago and we are trying to get a loan modification to cover that, it needs to pass, otherwise we will HAVE to forclose. I can not afford the house payment on my own, it is 75% of my take-home pay. If we get a modification, it will put it in the same exact numbers that a rental would cost. I love my house, to me, my house is very important. I do not want to foreclose, but I realize most (all?) that have had that happen did not "want" it either, so... meekness on my part is what I need as well.

Anyway, I am ok. Just shaken up, I am waiting for the boils now... Sort of like Job... oh wait, I have them. :-) all over my hands. hah hah ;-)


Colin & Lori said...

We will certainly pray for your health, it is so great you have ins. now! And, for the loan modification to go through. What a trying time!

David and Debby said...

we will add our prayers as well. this is a heavy one. we will pray hard for both things. we love you.

rebeccaV said...

Oh my gosh!! Lyme Disease?! I'm so sorry. I'm praying hard for both things. That loan modification would be so great.

Jason and Dana said...

Wow, that's awful Crystal. I pray for you guys every night, but I will focus those prayers. I really hope the house thing works out for you. I'm so sorry about the Lyme disease. I really know nothing about it except from watching Joan of Arcadia. Time to do some research.

David Chipman said...

I don't know much about lyme disease, but it sounds not good (in a very understated way). I'm glad that at least you were able to get it diagnosed though, and will definitely keep you guys in my prayers.

abbynormal said...

My old roommate has Lyme Disease. It's rough. I'm so sorry. I too will focus my prayers for you on these things.

Crystal said...

Thanks guys, unfortunately, this is a late diagnosis and while I will vigilantly take 120 antibiotic pills in 60 days, there is nothing that can be done for the permanent damage that has already taken place.

Part of me is relieved to finally know what on earth is going on, another part is really sad. It's real and irreversible and I feel like I am too young to feel so old all the time ;-)

Thanks for the prayers and kind words though, that means a lot.

David and Debby said...

Priesthood blessings and prayers can work miracles.