I was hospitalized on July 22, 2013 following several days of illness and having my temperature spike to 103. I was eventually diagnosed with West Nile Virus. This inflamed a previous undiagnosed condition called Myasthenia Gravis a rare autoimmune disorder. This lead to a life threatening crisis that included meningitis and encephalitis. The result was several weeks on life support that included tube feedings and a tracheotomy to sustain my breathing. A tumor was found in my thymus gland that required surgery. In the mean time I developed pneumonia in my left lung. Surgery on September 26th included removing the tumor, my thymus and the lower lobe of my left lung. I spent 8 weeks at Northern Colorado Rehab Hospital and finally returned to our Fort Collins home on December 10th after close to five months of hospitalization. This blog chronicles my journey from initial hospitalization to the present status of my recovery.
I am looking forward to going home tomorrow morning. I will get home in time for a visiting nurse to come and give us the orientation in time for the 1 p.m. antibiotic dose.
Today Debbie was here for the day and Christian and Bridgetand grandkids came up for a visit and lunch. I enjoyed a rousing game of Uno with Riley and Caedmon, They left me to work on the 100 piece puzzle by myself. I’m not sure what it means when your seven and five year old grandson’s encourage you on by telling you that you are doing a good job!
I did have two therapy sessions today. I was a little tired at the end of the week. However, it was good to get in the final therapy sessions before returning home. I received some additional ideas from Kim the occupational therapist on how to strengthen my shoulder muscles. As I have mentioned the last two days this will be a key area for me moving forward.
This evening David Holden, from Greeley came to have dinner with me and hang out a little. David has been a great support and was a regular visitor on Saturday evenings when I was in rehab hospital back in October and November. (See picture above)
It is almost hard to believe that is has been two weeks ago today that I was in intensive care at Poudre Valley Hospital. I am pleased that I have recovered as well and as fast as I have. Thank you for your prayers. I feel prepared for the days ahead as I continue my at-home therapy.
BIBLE VERSE FOR TODAY…
What a wretched man I am! Who will rescue me from this body that is subject to death? Thanks be to God, who delivers me through Jesus Christ our Lord! So then, I myself in my mind am a slave to God’s law, but in my sinful nature a slave to the law of sin. (Rom. 7:24-25)
Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit who gives life has set you free from the law of sin and death. For what the law was powerless to do because it was weakened by the flesh, God did by sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh to be a sin offering. And so he condemned sin in the flesh, in order that the righteous requirement of the law might be fully met in us, who do not live according to the flesh but according to the Spirit. (Rom. 8:1-4)
I have been reading through Romans in my daily Bible reading. I wanted to lay out these verses to point out the connection from the end of chapter 7 to the beginning of chapter 8. Paul addresses the struggle and conflict between our minds being committed to obedience to Christ but our actions manifesting a tendency to sin. What Paul says is that Christ and His grace is bigger than our failures. As a result (therefore) we are free from condemnation because of the law of Christ’s grace. Our standing with God is not based on our perfection before God, but our faith in His grace and reliance on the work of the Holy Spirit in our life. That is something we can all be grateful for.
One a closing but somewhat related note, the dichotomy between our mind and our physical body is something that I experience in my rehab work.I at times find myself thinking that I can do something based on my previous level of strength and ability and am not dealing with the reality of my current physical limitations. I was made aware of this in working with my occupational therapist few days ago. I was on a mat trying to get back into my wheelchair. I was tired and it wasn’t going well. I was thinking for some reason that it would be easier for me to get into a side chair from the cafeteria the OT had brought onto the mat. I realized my mind wasn’t working well and mentioned that to the therapist. She said, “I think your brain checked out about 10 minutes ago.” I realized then that I don’t like honest people!