Wednesday, October 06, 2010

Doing Well

Dad's surgery went very well. The doctor's feel like the surgery was very successful! Dad lost a lot of blood but they were able to recycle his own blood and give it back to him. They feel he will now have 90 degree mobility in his hip. Last night we went up to see him. He seemed to be doing well. He had walked to the door in his room and back earlier that day. Of course pain managment one thing they are trying to stay on top of right now. The Doctor said that sometimes they open up the patient and really can't do alot for them. But they really felt they were able to get most of the extra bone that had formed and it would be of great help for dad's recovery.

Thank you so much for the prayers!

Sunday, October 03, 2010

Greg is Having Surgery Monday Morning! Please Pray!

I apoligize for the delay in reporting this prayer need for Dad. Monday morning (10/4/10) he is scheduled to have surgery on his hip to remove the calcification build up. This surgery is a big deal but should help him tramendously with his ability to walk. We are not sure of the expectations of his walking ability after this surgery though because he has lots of damage in his knee on the same side which will be fixed by surgery later in the spring.

Please Pray for:
1.) Peace for Dad (and mom)
2.) The Surgeons
3.) Dad's recovery to be quick and as painless as possible (For his and Mom's sake :) )

Below is a recent article Dad wrote for our church newsletter:

Greetings to my wonderful church family! God is good all the time! All the time God is good! It has been a long time since I have written a Harbinger article. It’s been so wonderful to see each of you over the past few weeks. How can I ever thank you for the incredible love and support you have shown to me and my family. Kim has shared with me from her journal records all the visitors that have come to see me and have offered prayers on my behalf since my accident in April. You are all so very important to me. Thank you seems so inadequate. As many of you know, Justin and I were in a rollover collision April 10th. That day will go down as one of those life-altering days. Our lives will never be the same. As so many different people lifted prayers to the Lord, He has answered them so amazingly. Justin has almost fully recovered and may have one more surgery to remove the screws that were placed in his ankle. Praise the Lord! The Lord did not cause our accident but He has certainly been with us throughout the entire ordeal. He promised in His word that He would never leave us or forsake us, He is Faithful! My injuries were a little more severe. I was thrown from the vehicle (wear your seat belts!) and landed 75 feet in front of the car after it stopped rolling. I do not know how I came out of the automobile, but I do know that God caught me and caused me to land easier. I was told that I did not have but one scratch on my shoulder. Unfortunately I did have some internal injuries. My pelvis was broken in half and had 8 other major breaks in it, I had 12 broken ribs, both of my lungs collapsed, I tore the ACL and MCL in my knee, had a perforated bladder, and sustained a brain injury. They only gave a 20% chance of survival those first few days. I praise the Lord for His goodness and love for me. I have never been closer to Him than I am right now. He has sustained my life and blessed me more than you can imagine. The enemy, Satan, tried to destroy me and keep me silent. He was unsuccessful in those attempts because of all the prayers offered for me. God once again thwarted the attack of the enemy and has given me life! What Satan means for evil, God will turn to good! Praise His holy name! The road to recovery will not be an easy one. I was in a coma for the first little while. I had 3 surgeries during that time period and do not remember anything about the wreck or treatment until early June. I am so glad to be at home now after 111 days in the hospital. My family is so amazing as they offer me care. I can hardly do anything for myself. Even picking up something that I drop is almost impossible. Kim is God’s choice for my wife. He has given and continues to give her unbelievable grace to serve me over and over again. I am so thankful for such a wonderful bride! Today Kim and I went to see my orthopedic doctor. He told me that I had done very well in my rehab and looked like I was getting much stronger. He had me do a CAT scan while I was in his office so that he could more clearly see my hip. They took over 1000 images of my hip and treated a 3-d image on the computer. As we looked at the image he smiled. We could tell from his face and words that he was encouraged! He said that the surgery ahead would be a difficult one, because they will have to go in and actually remove bone from the hip area that grew while I was motionless in the coma. The position of the bone is what encouraged him. He said that he thought he could get to the” extra” bone without cutting through any muscle. This will make for a much easier recovery. He is working with the other doctors to schedule a time for surgery but would like to do it the first week of October! Praise the Lord, again He has changed the schedule and is moving the surgery forward. I will be in the hospital for at least a week and then perhaps be able to come back home. It all depends on how I recover, so I ask you to keep that time in your prayers! After the first of the year I will need to have some surgical work done on my knee. I have 3 ligaments torn or damaged. We will once again trust the Lord for the results and the timing. Today we are simply rejoicing in the Lord! I attended Pastor Jerry’s class last evening and we learned that God called himself Jehovah Kennaw, which simply means I am a jealous God. We saw through scripture that the Lord is always pursuing us simply due to the love that He has for each of us. His love and goodness continue to overwhelm me. He is such a great God! Thank you again for all of your prayer, love and support for my family! If not for the Lord this would have been much worse. God is good all the time, all the time God is good! I am resting at home doing some research on the upcoming surgery. I have sent Kim to a day spa to have a lady there give her a full back massage! She deserves so much honor and credit for where I stand in the recovery. She has been with me every day since the accident April 10th. We both prayed for you today just before she left. You are on our minds and in our thoughts. We are so grateful for your love, compassion, and most of all your prayers. May God reward your efforts and may we see His hand together in a complete and quick recovery.

To God be the glory! He is good all the time!
Pastor Greg