And the Rest of the Story (The Comeback Kid)

       I have cleared all medical scrutiny and get to return to work part-time. My doc role will not be the same as my health will not allow it. However I want to do what I can. Paul Harvey would say, “Now, for the rest of the story.”  I have to re-invent myself as this all evolves. My job will be different but thanks to the wisdom of my employer I will return Tuesday of this week on a part-time mentorship status. (advisory capacity and part time only)) I’ve been tested extensively. My cognitive function is intact. I’m at no risk for seizures. My balance is shaky in the mornings but stabilizes after an hour or two. My distance vision is fine. My close vision is a problem at this time. However, it may improve. I hold out hope I’ll be “The Comeback Kid.”

        When I first developed my brain tumor my only prayer was that even if I emerged impaired in some way that it would not destroy all of my ability to serve. Those prayers have been answered.  At the very minimum I should be able to serve as a mentor and advisor to a nurse practitioner. Over the next few years I should be able to transition my patients where they are not abandoned. Over time if I have continued improvement I may possibly return to full-time doctor status. It makes me happy to know that I’m not gonna be unproductive. I stay prepared and continue my medical education via The American Academy Home Study program. (Who’d want a doc who doesn’t keep up?)

        I want my patient’s to know I take no chances with them. I’ve been cleared by my radiation therapist, my oncologist, and by the Medical Director of our organization to return. As long as I have a set of eyes to help me I can be of help. 

        I have to tell you my Medical Director set the tone for the comeback. At the end of our interview he said, “Doc, I want to ask you one last question. Do you listen to your nurses?”

        “Yes sir,” I replied.”I have two Christian sister nurses I worked with for twenty-five years, and some fine new ones too. One major secret to my success is I listen to what my wife recommends at home and I listen to their advice at the office.”

        “Good. I’ll let you return if you promise to pay attention to what they say. If they believe you are doing too much and getting tired, I want you to report back to me so we can adjust.” You still have a lot of treatment to go, and we want your heath to come first.”

        When I went home tears welled up. How can a man not be loyal to an organization that takes that position?

        I have made enormous progress early on in treatment and that I have significant hope for survival. Because of Faith, Family, Friends, Music, and Fine Medical care I am gonna make it. 

        I have several book and artistic projects in the works and will update you on these over the next few months so stay tuned. I appreciate all of your prayers and concerns. You have been significant part of my healing process.

        Also I wanted to let my blog readers know I have improved enough to add another short post mid-week so y’all look for that too.

Dr. B

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18 Comments on “And the Rest of the Story (The Comeback Kid)”

  1. Carolyn Brooks Says:

    As a patient, I look forward to you getting back to work. As a friend, I ask that you take care of your body, listen to it, and do whatever is necessary to get well. Prayers continue….

  2. drtombibey Says:


    I promise I will follow your advice. I believe it is correct.

    Dr. B

  3. June Lail Says:

    I am so happy for you after reading your post. Welcome back!!

  4. drtombibey Says:


    Gonna give it the old college try.

    Dr. B

  5. GrannyPam Says:

    Congratulations on this milestone. We are still rooting, praying and thinking of you. God Bless.

  6. drtombibey Says:

    Granny Pam,

    God bless you and all my bluegrass friends.

    Dr. B

  7. Felix Miller Says:

    This is great news, Dr. B. Barbara and I will be joyful on your behalf, and our own. We need all the great folks like you we know, and thank the Lord you look to be around for a long time.

    I know returning to some participation in medicine is as important to you as bluegrass music. Life is good.

  8. drtombibey Says:


    Thanks so much. You and Barbara understand me as well as any readers on the planet!

    Dr. B

  9. jel Says:

    WOOHOO, that’s great news to hear Doc.

    your phonelines have been down , and just now getting back online.

    have been wondering how ya were doing!

    take care !

  10. jel Says:

    oops! that should say ( our phonelines were down,) not yours/ sorry. 😕

  11. newt221 Says:

    AMEN! Hallelulah!!! AMEN!!! I am so happy for you Dr. B.! I know this will make the healing process go much, much quicker. Just don’t wear yourself out.

    • drtombibey Says:

      Jel and Cindy,

      You guys are very astute. It will help me heal to know I am any part of taking care of my patients.

      I promise you between my wife, my nurses, and our Medical Director they are gonna be sure I also take care of myself. (And you guys checking in on me too – “there’s no hiding place down here” as the bluegrass song says!)

      Dr. B

  12. Smitty Pres. of Neuse River Fan Club Says:

    Doc, it want be long before you are hittimg leadoff again. Enjoy your days!

    • drtombibey Says:


      I promised everyone from the start that I knew there were no guarantees in brain cancer or life but I could at least say we’d have fun while we tried to whup it. There have been some bad days of course, but for the most part I’ve been able to hold to that.

      Dr. B

  13. Mike Reed Says:

    Congratulations on the good news. You are still in our prayers.

  14. Brenda Curtis Says:

    Dr. B., Steve and I are very thankful to hear of your steady improvement. We continue to pray for you and your family always. I’m so glad to see that you are able to perform, and I know this is great therapy. It certainly is rewarding for me as well! I’m still trying to play that mandolin!!!

    • drtombibey Says:

      Brenda and Steve,

      Thanks so much. Yeah keep at that mando. I have two instruction books in the works. One is a children’s book, but is designed to be an interactive adventure between parent or granparent and child. It might be out in a prototype by the end of the year.

      The other is with Wayne Benson but will be at least a year or so before it comes out.

      Dr. B

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