Friday, June 27, 2008

On the mend.....

Gavin Helping Daddy Recover

Joel's surgery was yesterday. Everything went well. The surgeon said that the tendon tissue was in great shape, better than normal, so it should heal nicely. Healing will take quite some time. The recovery time is longer than we were originally told. He will not be able to put any weight on his foot for 6 weeks and then he will wear a walking cast for up to 3 months! He was also told that he shouldn't drive, since it's his right foot! This will probably be our biggest inconvenience! Joel says after the first week or two, he plans on learning to drive with his left foot. We'll see about this... He plans on going back to work on Monday. This seems early to me, but he's confident that he can do it. I got him a kneeling walker, so he'll be able to kneel his bad leg on it and scoot around. So, maybe it will work. But, it's not like he can sit around with his leg elevated with the type of job he has! I know he'll be happier working though, since he hates to sit around doing nothing. He's stubborn, so I know he'll find a way to make it work.

He's handling the situation quite well so far. He's in good spirits and staying positive. He's depressed that he can't play any sports for quite awhile, but otherwise doing well. He isn't in much pain and we are thankful for this! We are also thankful that the surgery is done and that it went well, and that his injury wasn't something worse! So, we are trying to stay positive. I think I'm having a more difficult time with this, than he is. I was SO looking forward to a summer of fun! Last year's summer was not fun for our family. Gavin was in and out of the hospital during that time. He was medically fragile and we stayed home most of the time. When we did do something, we usually weren't all together because either Joel or I would stay home with him. So, this year we were going to make up for last year by having more fun together. I guess we'll have to be creative! Anyway, I'm depressed about this.

We want to thank those of you who called and offered to help us out with the boys or meals. Sorry we haven't gotten back to you. We've been a little busy, but we are doing fine so far. We'll let you know, but we think we've got it covered for now. We do appreciate your support! Just keep praying for our sanity and that Joel heals quickly!

"Therefore strengthen the hands which hang down, and the feeble knees, and make straight paths for your feet, so that what is lame may not be dislocated, but rather be healed." Hebrews 12:12-13


Jessica mommy to Alex/ RTS said...

I learned how to drive with my left foot, when i broke my ankle, I bet he can do it!

Cathy said...

Praying for your family. It is so hard to stay down when you are so active. I am praying for you, with all those precious boys you are so busy. I love the new pics, thank you. Cathy & Annabel

The VW's said...


Thanks, it's good to know it's possible! Maybe he'll even drive better with his left foot! :)



We definitely stay busy! Thanks for the prayers! Hope you guys are doing well!