Road to Recovery

Hello everyone, hope your week has started off well.  I had a blog on “singleness” in the works but I will put that on hold, for now.  Today, I want to talk about my recovery.

Unfortunately, since my accident, my body is not the only thing that has been directly affected.  My mind has been as well.  Since this started early on, I thought it was related to the trauma of the event.  I wasn’t getting more than four hours of sleep until I was put on a muscle relaxer and pain medicine.  I then thought it was due to sleep deprivation.  But during these last two days, it became worse.  I lose focus easily, I forget what I’m doing or what I have said, I cannot remember well, especially short-term.  And I have trouble processing new information.  To my knowledge, I did not hit my head directly.  A student saw it happen but I have not heard his account on the matter.  I called CRMC this morning and was advised to seek mental health counseling.  Again, if there was no head injury, and it is not the drugs…  So there’s that, please keep me in prayer in this area.

Physically, I am slowly getting better.  I got a “you’re improving” report on Thursday.  I am remaining on crutches but can do limited load bearing or use my left leg in an emergency.  I am told walking on it would not make it worse, just hurt.  X-rays this Friday will confirm the next step in my recovery.  I am also seeing a… manual therapist? I think was the term.  This is someone to help with muscle soreness from using crutches, as well as recovery from the accident/bed rest.  My right leg and hip are having trouble bearing the majority of the weight.

I included some information about the initial accident at the end of my last blog.  If you haven’t read it, please head on over and check out An Unmovable Barge in Stormy Seas.  You can also view the pictures on my Instagram profile as well as my Facebook Page.  I do not have a lot to say on the matter particularly.  However, I want to thank everyone that has been there for me this week.

It would be hard to name everyone, and most people would not want to be named.  But I will say thanks in general at the very least.  I am very thankful to the family whose property I live on.  They have been a big help to me as I live alone in a dry cabin.  My church also came to visit.  People dropped off food (which I’m still eating), visited, and got me even some “wants” rather than “needs” to help boost my morale.  I had a friend do an impromptu Bible study with me.  I appreciated this because I wasn’t allowed to go anywhere for 72 hours and missed church.  Students from the Game Club came out to visit me and played games while they were here.  I had a few coworkers come to visit as well.  When I did get back to work, I had many students and staff swing by my office to see how I was doing.  In addition to all of this, many people called, e-mailed, texted, etc from back east in my hometown and other areas.  The many rides I have been given since I cannot drive were also a huge plus.  Twice I was taken out for meals as well.  All of this, and anything I forgot, has been a huge blessing.  It has helped me keep my spirits high and look at the silver lining.  It honestly, could have been much worse.

I had an initial breakdown after my accident realizing it would be a tough road ahead.  Losing the ability to go on the Senior Class trip, missing out on work, being stuck at home all weekend, and barely able to get around by myself (all because of an accident that was preventable), was very frustrating at the least.  Today, I had another breakdown due to the mental things I mentioned earlier.  And after my checkup this past Thursday I am still looking at four to six weeks for injury recovery (no pain), potentially longer for muscles to get back to the strength they should have normally.

I hope you have a blessed week, thanks for reading!  If you would like to send any notes of encouragement or get well cards, my address is:

P.O. Box 525
Glennallen, AK 99588

Author: A.P. Smither
Editor: P.J. Walk

Blog Disclaimer: views and opinions expressed by A.P. Smither do not necessarily reflect the views of his editors, current employer: Copper River School District, or ministry affiliates: Light Shine Ministries and Hope of the Nations Christian Center.

An Unmovable Barge in Stormy Seas

For anyone just tuning in to this blog, I am a youth minister in the Copper River Valley. It is important to know that my faith is in Christ for what I am about to share. I also believe there are spiritual forces at work. Both those that are helping us, and those that are against us (specifically as followers of Christ). There are often times when we as Christians must experience and fight through spiritual warfare. It is a topic I have often taken the opportunity to teach about.(Ephesians 6:10-19). Recently, I preached on this topic at my church, Tazlina Fellowship, here in the valley.

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Opposition is Opportunity (part 1)

Take a moment and check out this awesome blog from my older sister. Jessica McCray is an amazing mother of 4. She and her husband live in NY. Jess is also on the pastoral staff at a Vineyard Church near Syracuse.



I love trees. I  have loved to retreat to the woods for as long as I can remember. Trees take a  stoic stance that is a striking contrast to any season. I admire all trees but the birch tree is my favorite. There are unique black and white markings on the tall towering clustered trunks. I am captivated by the thin papery bark as it unfurls like parchment from a time long gone by. The lemon-lime melded color on it’s delicate leaves sway playfully with barely a breeze and camouflage our yellow finch visitors. When I was younger I loved to climb the arched trunks and swing on the bendable branches. Now, their silvery silhouette is one of my favorite winter views during our fierce Central New York winters.

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Is that a Turning Point in my Life or the Steroids Talking….?


I was battling different sicknesses and allergic reactions to multiple antibiotics over a five-week period. During my last checkup, I was happy to hear that the only symptoms remaining are due to allergy season kicking in. That said, during the final week of battling sicknesses, I was put on steroids to help fight off bronchitis. My lungs had become tired and inflamed from all the mucus it was fighting off in the weeks prior. I have been on similar doses of steroids for Tinnitus (once this past fall, and once when I first moved here). I knew it could impact my sleeping schedule but what I did not know was that it could make me more irritable. The pharmacist warned me about both side effects and for the latter said, “maybe no one will notice.” Ha! Well played…

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My Time Traveling Weekend

No, this is not a review on the Umbrella Academy. Sorry to disappoint if you were hoping for my thoughts on that Netflix hit series. If you actually want me to, let me know in the comments below. I’m still on the fence about watching that one. No reason really, it didn’t interest me all that much based on the trailer, but I digress.

So what does my weekend have to do with time traveling you ask? How about feeling like you’re back in the 1990’s with technology. That’s right, a time when smartphones did not exist, cell phones were becoming popular, texting costed you a nickel per message, and the good old age of when dial-up was still supreme. Can’t recall when DSL started though. Continue reading

Is the Momo Challenge back? Here’s what you need to know…

*Disclaimer from the author: while I am now working in IT again, this article contains my sole opinion. I was not asked to write this article. I wanted to raise awareness through a Public Service Announcement out of my own desire. The views/ideas/opinions expressed in this article are my own and may not reflect the views of my employer – CRSD, my ministry overhead – LightShine Ministries, my credential holders -Hope of the Nations, nor my current home church in Alaska – Tazlina Fellowship.

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Some good, good news

Hello everyone! It has been a crazy week for me. I have been on three different antibiotics, two of which I had an allergic reaction to… so yup, still fighting the sickness over here. I really do want to get back into more topical blogging and not just these “I’m surviving” updates. I hope to do that next week. But for now, all my energy has been focused on getting better, getting through my work day, and restarting Game Club. Continue reading

Out Sick

Hey y’all, Andrew here. I’ve been fighting a cold since last Wednesday. Despite being day… 5? On the z-pack, still not feeling the best. Been focusing most of my energy on making it in to work. Will most likely skip this week due to sickness. But if I get better soon, may just post a delayed blog. Sorry for your reading inconvenience.

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Five Months of Waiting

My months of waiting are finally over! Many of you know that I have been substituting at the schools for any position I could get. I filled in for janitors, cafeteria workers, teacher’s aides, and teachers. During this time I was actively looking and applying for full-time jobs. Last year while working for the school full-time as the high school librarian, I had a thought, “maybe it would be better to be a substitute so my schedule can be more flexible for ministry.” But since everyone got use to me working at the school all year… those pop-up needs were happening less and less this year. As a result, it’s been a loooooong five months for me personally.

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