Monday, February 1, 2010

The Cast-Off: a fact sheet

Fact:  We visited the Orthopaedic Specialist today.
Fact:  We went in smiling.
Fact:  This was only 25 days after surgery.
Fact:  It takes 6-8 weeks for a broken bone to heal.
Fact:  It takes less than 5 minutes to remove a single spica cast with a saw and a pair of scissors.
Fact:  That part didn't hurt.
But it was all downhill from there.
Fact:  Neither one of us was prepared for the stiffness in his joints, the pain at the site of the incision, the muscle soreness, the renewed lack of mobility or the mandate to keep him off his leg for another 3 weeks.
Fact:  The cast went away, but so did our smiles.
Fact:  Just when you think you've got it all figured out,
a trial will come to test your resolve.....and force you to admit on WHOM you are relying.
Fact:  I had started to rely on my own strength again.
Fact:  We needed another talk about the power of prayer and the temporal state of our worries.
In light of eternity, and the relative size of the troubles of others.....
3 more weeks of wheelchairs and lifting with our knees is a drop in the bucket of a much grander scheme.
Fact:  Today was no surprise to God. 
He knew the number of our tears before we even knew we'd be sad.
Fact: We have much to be thankful for.
Fact:  By bedtime we were smiling again.

5 comments:

Randa Marie said...

Praying for you guys Nikki! Tell Merrick I miss him and I am praying for him!

Stef said...

awwww, I will keep praying for quick healing! I bet it was disappointing when he realized he couldn't get up and run and play as soon as it was off.

The Ballard Family said...

I think I would have rather it stayed on for a couple more weeks than tell the poor boy he can't play. It's like putting a big bowl of ice cream on the table and saying "you can look, but you can't eat". Poor guy...and poor mama & daddy!

Gina said...

Oh Nikki--I suppose we all got a little overjoyed at the prospect of moving on and we didn't look to see what the next step was. So sorry for the let down. But, hey, it *is* a sign of improvement! Yea Merrick! :-)

Love this that you wrote: Just when you think you've got it all figured out,
a trial will come to test your resolve.....and force you to admit on WHOM you are relying.
SO true!

May the next three weeks fly by!

Jenn said...

Oh! Just when you think it's over! I'm praying for you guys. You have handled this so beautifully.