Sunday, October 5, 2008

Home Sweet Home . . . and our Itinerary

It is always so sweet to come home after a few days away. I love home. It is the place where we lay our head and put up our feet . . . it is the place we laugh and cry . . . the place we love and are loved . . . the place where are hearts turn. And how great to know that as great as our earthly homes are, they pale in comparison to our heavenly ones. That is where our hearts should truly be turned.

Thank you so much for the e-mails and sweet comments, they've meant more than you know. I wanted to let you know our itinerary. The surgery is set for Tuesday, November 11th (no time yet). So we will leave here on Sunday the 9th and have two pre-op appts on Monday the 10th and then surgery the 11th. I will probably be in the hospital until Friday (could get out Thursday) either way we plan on traveling back on Saturday the 15th and it may take us 2 days to get back just depending on how the knee is holding up; it takes us about 9.5 hours to get back.

Until then I am on a strict exercise regime. I need to get my leg out straighter. The doc said that I will not gain anymore range of motion after the surgery, in fact, could lose a couple of degrees, so we are working hard on getting this baby straight. But let me just be honest here, it hurts people. Every time I do the strength part of the quad exercises (which is simply pushing my knee into the floor) OUCH!!! it pushes the arthritis into my knee more; not fun. But it is pain with a purpose. You don't get a rose without the thorn kind of thing. So I'm going for the rose here.
(This is one of our roses from a couple of years ago ~~ not that pretty this year)!!

Well it is 9:00 am here, so I gotta run. Training starts at 9:00 am for me. I'll try to post a little more later today.

Love, Dawn


  1. Good for you for keeping a "rose" type of attitude!!! And good luck with your exercise until the surgery date!!! You're going to get through this just fine!!

  2. Thanks for the update--I've been praying for you. I can't wait for you to be done with your surgery and rehab!

  3. Dawn, I'm so glad that ya'll are home and that you were able to get the answers that you needed. I know that this will be a long, hard journey but I am praying that the Lord will use all of this and make you stronger as a result. I will continue to pray for you as you prepare for the surgery. You can do it, He is your strength!

  4. So glad you are back home safely. I know that you have a lot facing you right now, but you are going to get through this! I will be praying for you as you do your exercises to prepare for your surgery, so that you may have the very best result possible from the surgery. Believing God for blessings!

  5. I love that you said you have to have the thorns to get the rose- so true and well said! I am praying for you....thanks for the update on the specifics!
    Have a great day, girlie!

  6. I've been out of touch for a while and had some catching up to do! :)

    (1) Is that a pampered chef chopper in your kitchen picture? Don't you love it!! I have one and use is for many things.
    (2) I loved reading the sweet words about your husband and your nickname. How wonderful!
    (3) I am praying praying praying for you. I had no idea the depth of the pain and problems you have with your knee. 11/11 will be a great day!!! I cannot wait to see how God heals you!!

  7. Dawn-
    I am praying for you. You are going through so much, but have such a wonderful attitude! God is in control! Lots of love and hugs to you!