Man Plans, God Laughs…

Mitch Schneider
March 8, 2020

I failed to post Friday and yesterday. There are several reasons for this. First, I needed to get a handle on what was going on. A big part of that was and is my ‘numbers.’ What the blood work was trying to tell us. And, the other is the unfolding Covid-19/coronavirus crisis.

The health crisis we are watching develop in real-time has resulted in reactions that run from mildly disconcerting to crippling. Containment efforts that have locked down entire geographic regions, as well as the cancellation of major conferences and events.

As someone who finds himself among the most vulnerable and at risk, it’s forced me to withdraw from a speaking engagement later this month. And, to postpone a get-together with family and friends celebrating my first transplant birthday. I did not make these decisions easily. They are based on the very real threat posed by the virus and complicated by my most recent blood panels.

My hemoglobin has dropped over the past six weeks while my White Blood Cell count spiked. That resulted in a trip back to the City of Hope on Saturday for an infusion that took up most of the afternoon. More than four hours for the infusion. More than an hour for the drive home.

An hour is a long time to think about what’s going on in your life and around the globe. A long time to think about the need to plan and its futility at times.

One of my grandmother’s favorite expressions was “Man Plans, While God Laughs.” The older I get the more I appreciate its wisdom.

My response? Plan a little less and do little more. Do more to reduce the risk of contracting the virus. Do more to stay well and continue my recovery.

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