Monday night. Happy Birthday, Jim! It was leap year, the year Jim was born. 2012 is a leap year — it has 366 days instead of the usual 365 days that are contained in an ordinary year. An extra day is added in a leap year—February 29 —which is called an intercalary day or a leap day (and that is today’s lesson!)
Yesterday, amazingly, Rob got himself discharged from the hospital! I had no idea that would happen so quickly. A physical therapist helped him walk on Saturday afternoon for the first time, and then again on Sunday morning. He made much progress, which resulted in her “signing off” on his leaving the hospital. So, about 72 hours after his surgery, he was on his way home!
Tonight we celebrated Jim’s birthday with a delicious meal of salad, garlic bread, and spaghetti made with fresh sweet Italian sausages from our neighborhood meat market. In lieu of birthday cake, he requested homemade banana pudding…. yum! Rob was able to join us at the table, so life is returning to normal, whatever that means.
Rob is doing amazingly well. He seems to be able to manage his pain with the pain meds that were prescribed. He will start some occupational/physical therapy this week or next. So far, his spirits seem good. I believe that we are all feeling a sense of relief that the tumor is gone, even though it involved losing his leg. In the chance that there are still some sarcoma cells in his body, he will have to undergo another couple of rounds of chemo, which will happen in a few weeks. For now, the priority is for him to heal from the surgery.
Just giving a quick update tonight. Gratitude continues to be our main emotion around here! We are very thankful for faith in God, which proves to be our primary source of security and strength.
1 Chronicles 16: 8 Give thanks to the Lord and proclaim his greatness. Let the whole world know what he has done. 34 Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good! His faithful love endures forever.