Robbie came home today! We got back into town late this afternoon. The kids were ecstatic to see Dad and had prepared pictures for him and balloons along the wheelchair ramp in the carport. The Fields family had a great banner on the door, too (I’ll get a picture tomorrow in the daylight). Robbie is feeling ok, just very tired. After rarely being upright for the last 16 days, it takes a lot out of him to be out and about again. We came home with the wound vac and are set up for visits locally to tend to the back wound. He will be using a wheelchair until his left foot heals, then can at least pivot and put a little more weight on that side. He is restricted from weight bearing on the right side for at least 2 months.
We have realized this afternoon and evening that this road is going to be a long one on which we must pace ourselves. Some days Rob will make great strides and feel great. Others will be more difficult and we’ll take baby steps. It has been an extremely emotional day for both of us. We are so grateful that Rob has come this far and that we are home, but I think we are just beginning to process so many of the emotions of the whole experience. We had a nice evening at home with just the kids and it was just what we all needed.
Even though we are home, please continue to remember Robbie in your prayers. He faces challenges daily with his limited movement, continued attention to his back wound, medications, and physical therapy. Pray for the Lord to give us the strength and grace we need for this recovery. I’ll keep updating his progress as we go – until the day I get to post the picture of him in his suit going to work again :). If you know Robbie, you know he will be ready for that day! God bless you all – we love and appreciate you so much.