The house is quiet. The grandkids have gone home. The big kids are back in their places. Friends are on the mend. Oh, my, it was the week that was…
We originally picked up the tiny grandchildren to give their dad some respite as he recuperated from a painful case of shingles on his face. On their first night here we receive a message from our daughter that Chad’s sister, Sara, had a snowboarding accident on Monday, breaking her back. She was hospitalized in Fresno and they would be on their way Tuesday to sit with the family at the hospital through the first of two surgeries. My immediate thought was that Sara would be paralyzed as another young friend of ours had been who had a similar accident about 15 years ago.
As the week wore on, we learned that Sara made it through the reconstruction surgery, having titanium rods put in to stabilize her spine, and her pain was lessened. Jen spent a couple of nights here, but Chad remained with his brother-in-law, giving him moral support.
Finally, on the day we had planned to take the kids home, Jen went home, alone, as she had work to do and there would be no one to take care of the kids. I took Leeya with me to church to work on Sunday School preparations and Terry stayed home with Judah.
Chad came Friday night, after Sara had a successful second surgery. Sara would be in the five percent who have this injury and are not paralyzed.
A family friend was heading to the Bay Area on Saturday and would take Chad and the kids home. I got up early Saturday morning to start work on the cherry pies I would be taking to a party Sunday afternoon for a young missionary who is home on hiatus. Life was taking on a more normal look.
During the week I learned that the granddaughter of a close friend had been airlifted to San Francisco with a serious breathing problem. The family was frantic as this little girl was born with a defective diaphragm that required surgery immediately upon delivery. Viral bronchitis could possibly jeopardize the hernia she has. Jennifer, who lives just down the peninsula from San Francisco, took dinner to the young family twice at the hospital, sitting and providing some comfort in their vigil. She knew what it was like, to be waiting, in a hospital.
Yesterday afternoon we got good news on all fronts: Sara is headed home today; the friend’s granddaughter will be going home, too; Chad’s shingles seem to be leaving and he is feeling better. Also, through all of this, Jennifer got some much needed rest.
God has richly blessed us this past week, giving us many opportunities to bless others. We are indeed thankful for His mercy and goodness. And, now we are back to our semi-normal routine.