Andy’s Story

Site created on July 10, 2019

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Journal entry by Rachel Stein

12 weeks ago today, was the last time Andy walked anywhere.  It was the last time he was able to sleep in his own bed at home, get himself dressed, tie his boots and go to work, pick Lexi up from school, go on a fire/rescue call, feed his buddy Haas, get the mail, make coffee, listen to me nag him about house chores, drive a vehicle, or stand up for anything.  12 weeks.  While we've been busy adjusting life and it's gone by quickly (for me) 12 weeks has been SO LONG for him, and our family missing him at home.  We know he'll fortunately be able to resume all of these activities eventually, and we're blessed the accident didn't result in the alternative.  Recovery is a long process. This is hard.  So hard.  Andy, the kids, our family have all been champs through this.   I'm hopeful these next few weeks he's able to regain more strength, endurance, and continue to re grow healthy bone and muscle. Andy had a good trip to Rochester this morning for another ankle check.  They were able to remove stitches from both incisions (top and bottom of his ankle), and remove the wound vac.  Things so far are looking great.  He will go back for the ankle on October 25th, to check that the infection (hopefully) is gone, xrays, and see if he can begin weight bearing at that 12 week post surgery mark.  Oct 10th we go to Rochester to see Dr Kakar for Xrays, consultation, and therapy for the wrist.  Health wise, Andy is doing great.  He did have a couple blood pressure/medication issues this past weekend, but that's been sorted and corrected.  He got his flu shot yesterday.  His lower back has been crabby....mainly due to him being immobile, and weaning off pain meds - even Tylenol.  He can still take them as needed, but chooses to be stubborn! 

Andy was able to join his department last night for their monthly fire meeting, so that was fun for him!  They are hosting their pancake breakfast this Saturday from 8-11, and pending all is going well with Andy he will be there :)

For some reason this past week has been a little rough on us, all of us.  However, we're gonna keep forging forward and remain positive.  God has a plan for the Stein family, and we're gonna follow it, trusting his way.  As always we thank everyone offering prayers and good vibes - so very appreciated.  I hope everyone has a good rest of the week!  XO

-Rachel
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