Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Tuesday April 7, 2009

Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead. 1 Peter 1:3.

It`s now three days since I arrived home from the Hospital, and an eventful three days it has been. At least now free of IV tubes and gas lines I now only have to cope with drainage from the wound—a hemovac line into a suction container attached or carried somewhere on my person, and of course, that contraption of the devil, a catheter, complete with night bag and day bag. The most simple manoeuvres take on the dexterity of a contortionist, while trying to avoid the twists and turns that remind me of why things are this way!

We made two visits to emergency. Sunday night I found that abominable hemovac line was blocked and the exit wound oozing at about 11.00 p.m. That was fixed by a hospital flush and a return to bed about 3.30 a.m. Monday evening, the same exit wound was becoming infected, and a new visit to emergency produce a couple of vials of antibiotics. Healing is not a straight line!

However, today I am feeling much more in control, able to cope with these latest life games within a somewhat organised framework. Just as well, as Ann is off to surgery today to have a bunion removed. I have the house more or less to myself—some kind folk called in to ensure I was OK—so it is a God given (forced!) opportunity to make sure that I can cope reasonably with the daily round. Of greater joy is that tomorrow the hemovac tube and my staples will be removed. One more step towards liberation.

Believe me, I am intensely grateful for the professionals, equipment and gadgets that enabled my operation and its continuing recovery. But there will be a time when all sickness and death will be wiped out, our own resurrection to new life guaranteed by Christ`s own resurrection and victory over death. No more staples and drainage lines! Thus, however great my thankfulness of the benefits of this life, I can heartily join with Peter in praising ``the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.``

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