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Second Opinions

We lay in bed in the dark. Both of us tired, but restless. It was the night before Ken’s scheduled second surgery on his knee. We opened our cell phones and read different things to each other about his situation and his types of infections. By the time we said, “Goodnight,” we had decided to cancel the surgery in the morning if we were able.

We’ve heard a lot of good advice the last 5 weeks. Trying to put it all together is the tough part. Today a friend said to me, “God is not a God of confusion.” She’s right, and by noon today we had a bit more clarity.

On Monday, we will return to Ken’s surgeon to have him look over his leg. He is still wanting us to have surgery next week. On Monday afternoon we will see an infectious disease doctor. Today we signed papers with Anne’s orthopedic doctor to see if he would give Ken a second opinion. We may get to do that next week as well.

So we ask you to pray for wisdom and peace for us and that Ken and I would be unified in both of those things. We continue to look to God as the source of our wisdom.

Thank you for your prayers and your notes of encouragement with verses. We read and re-read each one of them.

 
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Posted by on January 10, 2020 in Uncategorized

 

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Second Surgery Scheduled

Thank you for your prayers on our behalf for Ken’s health! We finally saw Ken’s original surgeon today. He asked us if we wanted to wait a few more weeks to see if his leg closed up, but we declined. It’s already been 3 weeks so we feel it is time to do something else.

Tomorrow, Ken will have his second surgery. Because two surgeons are suggesting this, we feel it is the right decision. But I also feel uneasy. I’m not sure if that’s just me or something prodding me.

This week as I studied Hebrews with my ladies Bible study, we talked about the Superiority of Jesus. The question in our study was, “Do people see in you that you believe Jesus is superior is all ways?” I have to say, “No, not all the time.” I often want to take things in to my own hands and my worry reveals my distrust and unbelief.

So we ask for peace and obedience and that God will be glorified once again. Please pray for our doctor by name, Dr. Fosnough and that the infection will be healed immediately.

Thank you so much. As my dad always said, “This too will pass.”

 
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Posted by on January 8, 2020 in Uncategorized

 

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Bound by gold and love

36 year old wedding bands

Yesterday, Ken had surgery on his right knee. A nagging pain the last couple of years, became a nuisance as it was difficult to sleep, walk or even stand during the songs at church.

The golf-ball-sized lump on the left side of his knee was hard. The surgeon really didn’t know what it was even after scanning it. He told Anne that surgery would take about 30 minutes.

I sat in the waiting room, fingering both his and my wedding bands. Simple bands, they’ve been around the world a few times. When we slipped those rings on each others fingers 36 years ago, we had no idea what challenges and joys lay ahead of us. There were times we twisted the rings with a smile on our faces, and times we wanted to throw them across the room!

90 minutes later, the surgeon came into the waiting room with beautiful photos of the inside of Ken’s knee. So amazing. It’s certainly a place I would never see with the naked eye! He patiently pointed out what several of the photos were; a bit of arthritis and two tears in his meniscus. Then he said, “I took out something about the size of my fist. I had to go really deep so he’s going to feel it for some time.”

I looked at him and said, “Can we just clarify how large this ‘thing’ was that you took out?” He answered, “Well… not as large as my fist, but half the size of your fist.”

Yikes….not expected by him or by us.

The ‘thing’ is off to the labs and hopefully we’ll get more answers within the week.

Meanwhile, I put my drugged husband into the car with help. If you’ve ever been with someone who has just been under anesthesia, you know how completely vulnerable they are. They say things they don’t remember, they can’t do a thing for themselves and they are depending on you to protect them.

I felt like a Mama Bear yesterday! I love that man so much! I would do anything to make sure he is cared for, especially when he can’t care for himself.

Time and practice made our marriage the thing it is today. I’d never go back to those early days. I love who we are today. And if the roles were reversed, I trust Ken would care for me in the same way. I KNOW he would. As they wheeled him off to surgery, half under his drugs, he said, “Go get something to eat. ” The nurse said, “He’s still watching out for you.”

Yes, and now it’s my turn.

 
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Posted by on December 4, 2019 in Uncategorized

 

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