Friday. 2/24/12. Happy Birthday to my brother-in-law, Marcus!
This week has gone by fast. Early Monday morning, we drove to Emory University Hospital Midtown (Atlanta) for Rob’s surgery — the purpose was to remove a painful neuroma. Dr. Monson (the doctor who did the original biopsy on Rob’s leg in October, 2010) did not find the neuroma, but he did find the end of the bone in Rob’s leg to be jagged, so he smoothed it out. He must have figured that was the source for the intense leg pain which has kept Rob from being able to wear his prosthesis. All I can say at this point is: time will tell. It is frustrating to think that possibly the neuroma has remained and might continue to cause pain. If that is the case, we’ll just have to go on to the next step. So, as Rob heals from the incision and the ensuing surgical pain subsides, he will know if the culprit remains.
One year ago was Rob’s amputation surgery in New York. It’s hard to believe that it’s been a year as it seems so fresh in memory. But, so much healing and so much moving-forward has occurred — guess all that could not happen overnight. So, a year has gone by.
I remember my grandmother often spoke about time rushing by so quickly, saying things like, “It was just Christmas, and here we are, decorating for Christmas again!” It did not seem fast to me, as I was still young and years slowly clicked along, but I appreciated her feelings and knew she was telling it like she knew it to be, for she was always straightforward and truthful. More and more, I identify with her sentiment.
Rob is such a good patient. Perhaps it comes from practice, perhaps from an innate personality trait. Sometimes those who are wonderful people can be terrible patients! They just don’t want to be “laid up” for any reason! However, from a caregiver’s point of view, I can honestly say that it is truly a blessing to care for someone who doesn’t complain, demand, sulk, feel sorry for himself, and who expresses appreciation. I am blessed!
If you feel inclined, please join me in praying for God’s healing hand to remove Rob’s leg pain, which was the sole purpose of this surgery.
Psalm 23: 1-4a (New Life Version) The Lord is my Shepherd. I will have everything I need. He lets me rest in fields of green grass. He leads me beside the quiet waters. He makes me strong again. He leads me in the way of living right with Himself which brings honor to His name. Yes, even if I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will not be afraid of anything, because You are with me.