Friday, November 18, 2011

The Surgery Went Well!

The surgery went very well!

It only took this doctor 20 minutes to fix the two tears I had in my menisci in my knee.  Apparently I had a tear in both my medial and lateral meniscus.

Here is a little information about the menisci taken from:

"There are two menisci in your knee; each rests between the thigh bone (femur) and shin bone (tibia). The menisci are made of tough cartilage and conform to the surfaces of the bones upon which they rest. One meniscus is on the inside of your knee; this is the medial meniscus. The other meniscus rests on the outside of your knee, the lateral meniscus." 
The medial meniscus was giving me the most pain but I am glad he found both tears and fixed them. 
I am now 48 hours after surgery and feeling quite good.  I've been doing stretching exercises since I got home and am now able to bend my knee more than 90 degrees and straighten it out fully.  I could not do that 24 hours ago.  I have my first physical therapy session today at 2:30 and am hoping they are so impressed with my progress that I don't have to go back.  The doctor has scheduled me for 3 times a week therapy.  Yeah, I've got time for that...NOT.
Well, I just wanted to catch everyone up on the progress after the surgery.  8-)
Here is some Max for today:
"Taking No Chances
By Max Lucado
"When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; And through the rivers, they will not overflow you.  When you walk through the fire, you will not be scorched, Nor will the flame burn you.  For I am the Lord your God. Isa. 43:2–3 NASB"
With God—chance is eliminated.
God knows what is best. No struggle will come your way apart from his purpose, his presence, and his permission.
Isaiah 43:2 says, “When you pass through the waters, I will be with you and through the rivers, they will not overflow you.”
What encouragement! You are never the victim of nature or the prey of fate. Chance is eliminated. You are more than a weather vane whipped about by the winds of fortune. Would God truly abandon you to the whims of drug-crazed thieves, greedy corporate raiders, or evil leaders? Perish the thought!
You live beneath the protective palm of a sovereign King who superintends every circumstance of your life, and delights in doing you good.

Remember this. Nothing comes your way that has not first passed through the filter of God’s love."

By Grace Alone -


Tuesday, November 15, 2011


I stand back every once in a while and try to put life into perspective. 

I need for nothing.
I want for nothing.
I am thankful for all things that God has provided me.
I stand amazed at His Grace and Love for me.
I stand amazed that He saw fit to provide me with such a loving and caring husband.
I stand amazed that He saw fit to create me into such a loving and supportive family.
I stand amazed that He put me into such a perfect job for my abilities and personality.
I stand amazed that He allowed me to be a Survivor of Cancer.

Well, you get the idea.  Much to be thankful for this year...

Tomorrow is my knee surgery.  Should be a simple procedure.  It will be done Orthoscopically.  Two to three small holes according to the Dr.  Then crutches for a few days and physical therapy starts two days after the surgery. 

We got the roof onto the gazebo this weekend.  Tom and Tom (Next door neighbor, Tom) put up the heavy part of the roof while I got my hair and nails done and then Tom and I put the metal part of the roof and the Cupola on top of the wooden part.  It took us about 6 hours to get the roof metalled. (As opposed to shingled...ha!).   Here are some pictures from last weekend's work.

It was pretty terrifying for me to watch Tom up there on the roof.  I thought for sure, at some points, that he was going to slide off and break his widdle neck.  He has absolutely no fear of heights though and he was like a monkey all over the roof.  I am always in awe of his ability to climb on things that are over 6 inches from the ground.  (That is about my limit for being fearless in climbing.)  We still have the screens, door, and ceiling to put on it.  We'll probably work on that after my knee heals a bit.  Compared to the roof...those should be no big deal.  As you can see from the pictures, fall is in full force right now...the wind was blowing quite a bit this weekend and the leaves were flying all over.  It reminded me of fall at my grandparents when I was growing up and the oak leaves would be all over the ground.

Max has a very good point about perspective!


By Max Lucado

I have learned to be satisfied with the things I have and with everything that happens.  Philippians 4:11

What if God’s only gift to you were his grace to save you? Would you be content? You beg him to save the life of your child. You plead with him to keep your business afloat. You implore him to remove the cancer from your body. What if his answer is, “My grace is enough.” Would you be content?

From heaven’s perspective, grace is enough. If God did nothing more than save us from hell, could anyone complain?

Having been given eternal life, dare we grumble at an aching body? Having been given heavenly riches, dare we moan about what we don’t have?"

Amen and amen...

By Grace Alone -