Thanks so much to those of you who e-mailed & tweeted me your well wishes. While tweeting in the ER to take my mind off the pain, it sure was nice to hear from folks. Anyway, after a visit to the orthopedic surgeon this morning, we confirmed that it’s a ruptured Achilles tendon and I’m now scheduled surgery for Friday morning. Looks like I can plan on at least 3 months of rehab before getting back up to speed. So I guess that means I’ll have some time to come up with new Homeskoolie t-shirt designs! That’s a great way to redeem some down time.
Also, I think that injuries like this are God’s way of slowing us down and particularly for me, a perspective adjustment about what’s important and what’s not. While it’s been a painful couple days dealing with this injury, I’m reminded of how fortunate I really am compared to so many other folks. This is a relatively minor injury compared to serious diseases or injuries that may have a permanent impact. Also, now that I’m scheduled to having a surgery (I’m not really sure that I’ve ever had a serious surgery before), there’s certainly a little anxiety about it and along with that a sensitivity to other folks dealing with injuries & sicknesses.
Around here in the south, it’s pretty common for folks to toss out an “I’ll pray for you, brother!” at the slightest little thing, and sure, I’m guilty as charged. But when you’re on the other side of the fence, it sure is a comfort to know that others may actually be doing just that. So this is certainly a good reminder for me to make sure the next time I’m tempted to drop an “I’ll pray for you” as filler for the uncomfortable silence in a conversation, that I actually do what I say!