Robbie’s cleanout seems to have gone well yesterday, although we haven’t gotten an official report. The surgeon did say that it didn’t have any dead skin (which would requre grafting, so pray that is doesn’t happen), and there were no visible signs of infection. Thank you for your continued prayers. He will require another cleanout surgery in a few days. I am praying that this will be the last one needed and they can close the wound.
His foot, pelvis, and hip are sore, but seem to also be healing nicely. He wears his brace for his back most of the day and can sit up at an angle and take a break from lying down.
Today the physical therapist came and helped him get in a wheelchair. He got to get out of the room for a few minutes and practice driving it. He’s going to need it for awhile. He will eventually use a walker and I have informed him that I intend to put tennis balls on the bottom :). Bless his heart, he is such a trooper. It was very physically draining for him to be up for the first time, but overall it went well and he rested well afterward.
Today is Nate’s 13th birthday, so I came home to be with the kids for awhile. We are about to go bowling and then to get some dinner to bring home. Nate decided he’d like to have a ‘chill-out’ night with just Stephen, Betsy, & me and have a bigger celebration when Dad is home. We are even saving his ‘big’ gift for then, too. Please pray for Robbie. He misses the kids so bad and when he talks to them on the phone he closes his eyes and soaks in their voices. We are very ready to be together as a family again.
A few days ago, a comment was left on the blog http://tracywilkins.wordpress.com/2008/08/15/got-me-thinking/ that just blessed us so much. I read it out loud to Rob the other night and it brought tears to his eyes. We are amazed at what God has done and is doing in our lives and, we pray, for His glory. You are a part of that – every prayer, comment, phone call, text, card, snack, and everything else is a testimony to the body of Christ joining together. We are so humbled.
Finally, we received a gift yesterday that, once again, brought us to tears and to our knees in gratitude. Those of you who gave toward it will never know what it meant and how much it amazed us that people would want to do that for us. Please know that God is using it to meet our needs during this time and we could never express enough gratitude toward you all. We were speechless.
Grace and peace to all of you with our love.