I have received a large stack of cards and notes from friends and family. Thank you for each one.
Over the past few days I have struggled some with discouragement as I sense how slowly recovery seems to be progressing. All of my doctors, therapists and even my dear wife remind me of how much progress I have made since coming out of the hospital just over two weeks ago; and I can see that at times. But I tend to compare myself to what I was in the past before the twenty two days in ICU, the Hospital and Health South Rehab and it feels like such a large gulf. The more I attempt "normal" things like picking up a basket of clothes, or pushing a cart through the grocery store for twenty minutes — the more I sense the losses that only the daily grace of God plus my responsibility to show up and work hard can begin to restore new life.
I have been told that the Physical Therapy I had in the hospital and Health South Rehab simply got me walking and moving again and did not really count toward restoring strength and endurance. I have been told to plan on six weeks of two to three hours a day of exercises before I begin to see the fruit of restored strength. I can date the start of the six weeks from November 30 after completing two days of assessment by my therapists and actually beginning the restoration process. I have also picked up a head cold that seems to be turning into a sinus infection which has slowed me down as well.
So to be two weeks into a six week journey I feel like there is still such a long way to go.
So today I went back through every card and note I have received, and with the help of my Bible Software, lifted out every Scripture mentioned or printed in them. I hope it encourages you as it has me. (see attached)
Roy – Wed December 14, 2011 www.royking.org