Thank you for your prayers. “Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.” (James 5:16)
Rolf’s knee replacement surgery on December 15th went well, but it has been an adventure taking us places we never expected to go. It has been a slow and challenging recovery. It started right after surgery with finding the right pain meds. On a scale of 1-10 his pain level was at a “12” until the right one with the right dosage was found. It took a pretty strong med and as a result it left him groggy and nauseous but it finally eased the pain.
He spent 3 nights in the hospital and then was transported to a wonderful rehab hospital to start getting his mobility back and to learn to walk with his new knee. Again his recovery was slowed until being able to find the right pain meds and dosage to keep the pain manageable enough to do therapy. His stay there lasted for 12 days which included Christmas – not the way we or our family planned to spend Christmas. We had thought we would be able to carry out our plans to spend a couple of days with our son and his family. However that was not to be.
The “Reason for the Season” doesn’t change – but we needed to change how we would celebrate. We spent a quiet Christmas Eve in Rolf’s room having dinner together and enjoying the Christmas CD’s Sherri brought. It was quiet and we could look out on the beautiful view from his window of the woods with snow covered trees. It certainly shifted our focus more to Who we were celebrating rather than how we celebrated.
Christmas Day Rolf was given a day pass so he could come home. We are extremely grateful for the flexibility of our family. They drove here (without even opening their presents!) to spend the day with us and take us out to dinner. Rolf got an escape from hospitals and we were able to enjoy the day together with family – and no one had to cook or clean up!!
After coming home Rolf’s recovery progressed with his 3 times a week outpatient therapy. But then the unexpected happened, he went into a deep depression. Not sure why, if it was the trauma to his body after surgery and/or all the meds he was on but he went into a very dark place and it was very scary. We praise God for His intervention — one morning Rolf woke up and he was back!! His perfect timing brought together the right meds, his special friend that showed up to talk to him and the intercession of many. To God’s glory it truly was an overnight miracle!
Now we are getting ready to do it all again with his left knee! He is scheduled for surgery on February 16th. This time we are expecting things to go a lot smoother. We know more what to expect and all the medicines that worked and didn’t work have been documented and given to all the doctors involved. But we still need your PRAYERS!
We are grateful we have a God who has promised to never leave us or forsake us and we are grateful that He has given us YOU to come along side us in the good and the not so good. We don’t take this lightly. We are blessed and we thank you.