August 25, my sweet, hardworking husband ran off a roof. Well, hornets motivated him to run and he ran out of roof before he was ready! About 50 stings, two crushed ankles and lots of surgeries and hardship and this journey is just beginning. One leg has more than 100 breaks, the other is only slightly better. Blood thinner to prevent clots keeps him freezing cold and has side effects that are bothersome. External fixtures and several screws in his bones are creating foreign object rejection.
God is so good! He could have injured so much more - head, back, spine, hips, hands, arms. But all the damage is below both knees. He is able to use his hands, mind and upper body. He will be in a wheel chair for several months, cannot put any weight on either leg and has a strong, healthy body to transfer himself from chair to bed to car when necessary.
My weight loss journey has stalled out while I care for his many needs and extra wounds. However, we are six weeks in and I suspect that some day soon..... there will be a routine of sorts. Maybe. Some time.
The grandson we are raising is five and very concerned for his Papa. He pushes the chair for him, gets things and offers his innocent love and compassion. Most adults could learn a lesson or two from his childlike response to this event.
You think you have a bad day? This man has laughed, found his inner joy and his humor through it all. He has been an encouragement to me and he lifts up every one that comes to visit him. He had the worst Monday, ever, that day. But he does not complain, he does not whine, he does not pout or say "why me?" He recognizes that every single thing that happens is for a reason and he knows we may never know the reason for ourselves but God will use this as he has used every hardship we have known in our Military years, with our children, our parents and our grandchild. All of our varied experiences lead to new opportunities. This one will be just as useful.
I stay tired, But God uses that, too. I am sometimes discouraged and it is hard. But God will use that, as well. We do what we must, we carry on and we keep our chin up.
Next week is our 29th anniversary. We will get through this together. We always do. He is such a blessing to me. I pray I can be such a blessing to him. Isn't that what it's all about? Working together and holding each other up when the going is difficult. Keep calm and carry on. LB