I realized something today. It has been exactly two weeks since my knee replacement. Last week about this time (the 8th or 9th) I was in a lot of pain; my leg was severely swollen and had a fever. Movement was limited and I needed help getting out of bed. I could walk a short way, but not too easily.
That evening or the next, I sent an email to Notah and Rachael and my sister in law, Helen, and my nieces asking them to pray for me. What a fantastic God we serve! And how surely He answers prayer! On Saturday and Sunday I was able to get out of bed alone. I was able to use the bathroom and come back to straighten out my bed and get back in. All without any help!
On Saturday I tried to do the exercises I’d been doing in physical therapy. I was able to do most of them without any difficulty. The whole straight leg lifts were difficult. The heel slides which are designed to bend the knee were do-able but I could only bend my knee enough to raise it about two inches off the bed. I did the toe kicks sitting on the side of the bed since I didn’t have the roll to prop my leg on. Those happened without any difficulty!
Sunday I did all the exercises again. This time I could raise my knee in the heel slide a little higher each time so when I reached the 20 times the therapist wanted I kept on going. My knee was loose and bent a little further each time. I stopped when I got to 50! I did 15 whole leg lifts. And the other exercises I was able to whip out in short order!
Last night I was so blessed to remember that prayer I asked for on Tuesday or Wednesday last week. All this progress has been because of those prayers! Wow! My leg is now just about the same size as the other one. The bruising is nearly gone. There is no fever! This morning I walked from my room to the physical therapy room! The therapist said it was about 250 feet! And I wasn’t even hurting when I got there.
All that may not seem like much to you, but believe me, it is amazing. And everybody here says so, too. Last week this time this all looked impossible, but the Lord has made it possible.
And now I'm going home on Friday morning!
Thank you, Lord!