I have so many things to write about since I have been so delinquent in my blogging! My life has been on the up and the down a lot in the past 6 months. I thought that things were settling down but then they just speeded right up again. LIFE and welcome to it!!
Our living room before...
We had been trying to get our basement apt done by Christmas. We did not meet that goal so we headed for my birthday in February!! In the meantime, we went to an orthopedist about Mike's knees. They have been bad for such a long time...years in fact!!
Our living room after...
At the orthopedist we found out that he was bone on bone in his knees which he figured that he was. His x-rays showed that both of his knees were bowed. The doctor said that he definietly needed a knee replacement..both knees. Mike wanted to get them both replaced. The doctor tried to discourage us but with both knees so bowed we figured that if one was done he would be walking funny...Plus our insurance is about to change. All in all we knew this was the BEST time to get this all done and finished.
Mike in the hospital...
Mike and our son-in-laws finished our apt the week before my birthday...our goal was met. Mike had his surgery set up for the 21st..one day after my birthday!! He went in that Monday morning. A lot of family showed up to show their support.
We had to be there at 5 am. The hospital where Dr. D operates is about 45 minutes from us. He told us it was smaller and that he would be able to stay longer.
That morning we got him admitted and then off to the med/surg floor. Waiting is the hardest of all to do. I would almost rather be the patient. He was in surgery for about 2 hours. He did great through the surgery.
We had a good stay there at this smaller hospital. Course I had to travel down a two lane highway every day for 7 days which is how long Mike stayed. The people were really great, friendly and kind. Mike was up the same day as the surgery moving his legs. He walked the next day and then from there he just walked further and further. He still has to use a walker but I am guessing it is not going to be long!!
The pain has been unbearable but he has stood it really well. Actually he has been a good patient. Now that we are home an even better one. Very brave!!
My dad and Mother before the hospital stay...
My dad was in the hosptial a few days only to find out that he has a bleeding ulcer. They have tested it and found that the ulcer is a tumor and it is malignant. He came home this past week. Tomorrow I am going with them to see the cancer doctor in Mattoon. I don't know what we are going to find out of course, but I know that we have all opted for him NOT to have anythng radical done. At the ripe old age of 92 that seems to be the LAST thing that he needs done to him. I guess you know that something has to end your life one of these days and now my dad knows. I think that he is probably glad about this. He has been wanting to die for such a long time now. His quality of life sort of stinks!! I know that God knows that but of course we do not know. We have to live every moment for what we can get out of our life. God takes care of the rest.
Our job is obedience.
God's job is results.