Back in November, I wrote here and at my blog about one of our blogger friends whose husband needed prayers after a tragic and life-threatening fall. He had been helping a neighbor on a high roof under wet conditions and slid off with such speed that he destroyed their safety measures on the way down, sustaining critical injuries to his spine, pelvis and one arm.
Many people commented that they would pray for Freedom1781’s husband, and I’m happy to report very good news. He not only has made great progress in his recovery, but he reports tremendous encouragement and gratitude for your prayers. He also claims that he’s been aware of many apparently miraculous developments which have helped him on the very difficult road to recovery. He attributes these to the prayers of family and friends, and he insists that I pass along his thanks to those of you who have prayed for him. So, thanks to YOU!
Gruntessa and I had the chance in early December to visit their family, since I work frequently in coastal Virginia, where they live. At that time, he had just been released from the hospital from the first round of surgeries and rehabilitation. He was in a lot of pain, but he also was suffering from severe cabin fever, so he desperately wanted to visit the Busch Garden’s Christmas Town in Williamsburg with his young daughter and wife. He could get around in a wheelchair with a lot of help, so we made it happen, and he managed to make it through an entire loop of all the world villages decorated with 8 million lights for Christmas.
One of the highlights of the tour was attending the show, Gloria!, which is a musical stage act of the nativity of Christ. If you’ve never been, the Busch family still puts on a very Christ-centered Christmas celebration without any political correctness within a few hundred miles of Washington, DC, and that is quite an amazing thing!
But the best news came just this week, when we found out that Mr. Freedom1781’s hip socket was growing back well enough that the next surgery would attempt a reconstruction rather than a total hip replacement. The replacement was originally thought necessary because this was a traumatic injury in which his femur punched completely through his pelvis on impact, destroying the joint. But now, there is hope for a near total recovery. Thanks for the prayers, Folks!