Sometimes in life, God puts you in a position where you have no choice but rest & that’s where I am for the next eight weeks. On Monday morning, I got up to let our baby out to do her business & didn’t realize that she did her business in the hallway. I realized it when my left leg slipped out from underneath me & I did the splits & landed on my right kneecap. It made a loud pop & the pain shot through my whole leg.
I asked my daughter to get her dad out of bed to come help me. Once I got up, I called the clinic where we go & got an appointment to see the dr. When we got there, he stuck a needle in my kneecap to see if he could drain any blood out of there. No success at that.
He sent me for an x-ray & the lady doing the x-ray told me that I needed to go back to the dr. for a follow-up & asked me to wait for the films. When she came back, she handed me the films & told me that I had broken my patella & needed to be seen by an orthopedic surgeon right away.
Once back at the dr., he made an appointment with the orthopedic surgeon that my husband had just seen for his broken shoulder! We went on Tuesday morning & prayed before we went that I would not need surgery & that it would heal with a brace. The dr. examined the x-rays & my knee said that I would not need surgery & he would be putting me in a leg immobilizer for 8 weeks & see me in two weeks for a second x-ray to see how it was doing. He said that the crack was right at 3 cm & he does surgery if the break if over 3 cm. We were so relieved! He also said I couldn’t go anywhere for the time being and needed to be on bed rest.
Another blessing is that I have such a flexible boss, I am able to do all my work from home on m laptop. He will either bring my work to me or I can have one of our daughters go get my work & bring it to me, it is such a blessing!
We came home & put my leg up & took some pain medication. This isn’t very handy at all for any of us!!! But, amazingly, our oldest daughter just finished her year of college & is not working, so she is able to take care of me, my youngest daughter will finish up her first year of college & be home next week. My mother in law said she would be able to come out in a few weeks to help us too.
Once word has gotten out, people from our church family have come by with fresh fruit, books to read, dvd’s to watch & flowers! I needed a shower chair & our friends had one in their garage, so they brought it last night. What a blessing to be able to take a shower without worrying about falling down!
We never know why things happen to us, but I do know that there is a reason for my being down for possibly eight weeks. Even though I’m not happy about the situation, I am not going to complain about my plight, things could be so much worst! To take a fall like that on a tile floor & only have broken a kneecap is a miracle in itself. The fact that our daughters are both finished with their first year of college & now able to step up & do everything around here is another miracle. Our dear friends have everything we need to accomplish the eight week recovery period & are coming out of the woodwork to help us. It amazes me.
So even in the middle of a broken kneecap, God is teaching me to wait on Him & teaching our family how to extend grace to one another through helplessness, which I am learning is not going to kill me!!! I have ordered a couple of great books about the Gospel that I will have time to read now. I have recently discovered Elyse Fitzpatrick, Gloria Furhman & Keri Folmar & am enjoying reading these books about the Gospel in my every day life. I also bought a new cook book called, The Smitten Kitchen, which I am dying to try her new recipes! That will have to wait, or I can have my daughters try them our for us.
God is so good to us & wise & will work this for my good even though it is unhandy as all get out for me, I am not going to grumble & complain, God is teaching all of us to depend on Him for everything in a completely different way than I would have thought! What do I know??? LOL!