Come And See What The Lord Has Done
Make a joyful shout to God, all the earth! Sing out the honor of His name; Make His praise glorious. Say to God, “How awesome are Your works!”
We have had a great month at home, staying very low key and just healing. Jian has gotten out of the house only a couple of times. In preparing to come back to Baltimore for today’s follow up visit, she quickly told me that she wasn’t going to go to that crowded airport with her walker and leg brace. I have lived with her long enough that I knew not to even argue with her about it. So Daniel and I both came to the appointment so that we could take turns driving. The 15 hours in the car yesterday went by very quickly and seamlessly.
Our expectation for this visit was that if everything had healed as expected, she would be able to begin 50% weight bearing through the left leg. Then we would come back in 6 weeks and hopefully be able to bear full weight at that time; then resume normal activities a couple months after that. Jian has been praying that her leg would “heal fast, really fast, please God.” 50% weight bearing would mean that she would start school in 3 weeks still using her walker. She has had great anxiety over this. I actually took her to her school last week to let her practice walking through the halls with the walker in order to mentally prepare.
She and I have been working at home a couple of times every day on range of motion, massage and exercises. Everything in her hip and knee has been right on track except for her knee flexion. Because she wears a brace to keep the knee locked out most of the time, when we take off the brace and try to bend the knee, it is still very stiff and painful. The majority of my brain thought that it was no big deal, that it would reach full range of motion with more time, and even if it didn’t, it already bends enough for her to sit comfortably. The other small percentage of my brain was tempted to go into panic mode and fear that her surgeon would make us stay for another unplanned surgery when we came today.
The visit was first thing this morning, so we didn’t have to wait long. Only the surgeon and one resident came in, sat down calmly and spent a lot of time examining her progress and answering all of my questions. When asking about how to proceed with her therapy and when she could resume normal activities (swimming, therapeutic horseback riding, doing her handstands) he said, “Oh yeah, all of that is fine! She’s healed.”
She. Is. Healed.
He meant that her joints and bones had grown back together, but I felt those words at a much deeper level. I am so amazed at what the Lord has done so far that I could just sit and weep. The difference in just 11 weeks in unbelievable. She is allowed to do full weight bearing with no restrictions, with no follow up needed until we come back in March for her therapy at Kennedy Krieger. He gave us prescriptions for a brace to begin gait training and a lift for her shoe to make her legs the same length (he says it will be very small and un-noticable.)
We celebrated by taking her to the comic book store that we found when we were here earlier and to the local burger and shake restaurant. When we came back to the house, she walked up and made some new friends and has been working a puzzle with them. If you know her well, you know what significant healing this represents also.
I am blown away by the goodness of our Lord and for His perfect timing. Throughout this journey, I keep coming back to Ephesians 3:20-21
Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, to Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever.