Lenten Devotion: Sunday, March 29
For just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, so in Christ we, though many, form one body, and each member belongs to all the others.
Romans 12: 4-5
It takes a village to raise a successful patient. Last summer, a skilled UVA surgeon replaced my right knee. It went well without complications—just 2-1/2 months of continuous pain.
When I contacted the surgeon, he expressed condolences saying pain was part of the healing process. His staff were the ones who commiserated with me about the pain. Both the at home and outpatient physical therapists saw me struggle through the pain and made allowances when it had the upper hand. Pain management was a joke.
My friend, the Bionic Blonde (who has had 2 knee replacements and 2 hip replacements), lent me her walker. She also drove two hours out of her way for my first outing–getting a DQ Blizzard in Crozet.
From St. Paul’s Ivy, I got a bouquet from Friends with Flowers, a home visit including communion from Father Rick, and weekly visits from my neighbor Nancy Briggs. These lightened the tedium of being housebound. I also benefitted from the healing prayers and best wishes from people I can only thank here.
My husband put up with me daily. The first day, he brought all of my meals upstairs and later brought breakfast upstairs to reduce the number times the knee and I had to negotiate the 14 steps up or down. I don’t know what I would have done without him.
It took dozens of people, besides the surgeon to get me through this time of trial and pain. No one person or talent could provide all I needed for a successful recovery.