St. Joseph’s students to return in three weeks

I’ve been told by several staff members that I’m walking a lot better now. Another told me that my smile was back the way it used to be, which is an even better sign.

Monday, July 26, 2010Fr. Steve of St. Joseph's Indian School

I worked from 8:30 to 5:00 today at the office. Countless people do that day after day; but for me it was a small triumph and sign that I’m getting my energy back. Hopefully there are more of those days to come, because school begins three weeks from today. We still have a lot of work to prepare for our student’s arrival.

I find that I can put up with the pain in the foot a lot easier when I’m able to be up and about and doing things on campus. While I may not notice progress, I’ve been told by several staff members that I’m walking a lot better now. Another told me that my smile was back the way it used to be, which is an even better sign.

When I went to the clinic today I took the stairs instead of the elevator – another small triumph. I had my blood checked for the first time in 4 weeks. The clotting factor had dropped a little on the low side, so they made a slight increase in the strength of my prescription. They tell me that it’s an ‘inexact science’ and they have to continue checking and adjusting.

Author: St. Joseph's Indian School

At St. Joseph's Indian School, our privately-funded programs for Lakota (Sioux) children in need have evolved over 90 years of family partnership, experience and education. Because of generous friends who share tax-deductible donations, Native American youth receive a safe, stable home life; individual counseling and guidance; carefully planned curriculum based on Lakota culture and individual student needs and tools to help build confidence, boost self-esteem and improve cultural awareness. All of this helps children to live a bright, productive, possibility-filled future.

5 thoughts on “St. Joseph’s students to return in three weeks”

  1. Getting the meds adjusted is some times hard. But “clotting factor” probably isn’t one that you “notice” in your daily living.
    Your smile coming back is a good thing. I am sure the people around you appreciate it. I remember when Sandy said to me it was nice to have “me” back…I didn’t know I had left??? LOL
    Have a great day – and don’t over do! Joe

  2. I do believe GOD IS WALKING IN YOUR SHOES!!!!, along with you!!- and along with his spirit, he is bringing good health. These up-dates, make my days so much brighter, and I truly picture your smile, being a part of the brighter side.– for EVERYONE!!!! We owe YOU so much, and are so THANKFUL, for you.
    Just keep getting BETTER.
    GODs’& My LOVE and PRAYERS’-

  3. Everyone can use that smile of yours..! Smiles seem to be getting rarer these days..!
    I guess it means your troubles are all in your “old kit bag” now..! Do you want our troubles to put in there, too ? Well..How large, exactly, is your old kit bag..?
    The Pow wow will be coming up soon..I hope you are practicing your dancing.We probably won’t get there for it, but we will be checking up to be sure you did at least a jig or two.!
    Prayers aplenty..
    Mia and Bob

  4. Dear Father Steve, I remember that wonderful smile of yours when we met in St. Petersburg fl. I am so pleased to know you are doing more each day and that your strength is returning. BUT, remember you must take it slow and easy. God’s blessing be with you now and always. GOD Bless. NITA MARIE

  5. Dear Father Steve,
    I don’t know whether you remember me, but I have not forgotten you. Several summers ago my family and I visited St. Joseph’s. You gave us a personal tour of the campus while we discussed an album that I had recorded that celebrated Lakota ways, and culture. the title of the album was “Wasichu; earth born spirit”. I sent you six cd’s; one for you, and five to be placed in the museum for sale. Part of the agreement that we made that day was that ten percent of all proceeds from future sales were to go to the program at St. Joseph’s. I have not heard from you as to whether you ever received the cd’s, or if they had been sold at the museum. When I last looked online at the museum’s website, I did not see them advertised as being for sale there. I have decided that I will send the school the agreed upon proceeds from my sales when I reach the one hundred mark sold, which should occur soon(I hope). Life as an independent artist is challenging, especially where promotion is concerned.
    Please write me so that we can touch base. I tell everyone I meet about the school, and its wonderful programs. I look forward to our continuing relationship in the years to come. I did not know of your illness until today. I trust that the Lord will heal your body to continue his work at the school. Know that you are in our prayers.

    John, Melissa & Byriah Loper

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