Rest is good

Rest is good. Today was a good recuperation day. I actually took two almost hour long naps, one in the morning and one in the afternoon. It was good to rejuvenate after some big work out days this past week.

It was a special treat to have Gary Harkness and his son Grant come for a visit today. I was able to get a picture of the three of us with me standing! (Picture with Grant and Gary. I’m not that short these guys are both 6’5”)

I am building my pictorial progression of recovery of pictures with Gary. If you look in the photo section on CaringBridge you will see Gary at my bedside at McKee Hospital in intensive care back in August 2013. Gary was my physical therapist at McKee and oddly enough is the only staff member I recall from my initial hospitalization at McKee. Gary assisted me the first day that I went outside from my hospital room for a little sunshine. At the time it took great effort, and several people, to get me in a wheelchair and then navigate through the halls with IV pole and oxygen. 

Having someone like Gary who has known my condition throughout my physical recovery process is very encouraging. Gary is not only a very professional and knowledgeable physical therapist but a good friend with a strong faith who is a constant source of encouragement.

 Encouragement always builds hope for the future and for full recovery. It has been observed about hope that:

“Human beings can live for forty days without food, four days without water, and four minutes without air. But we cannot live for four seconds without hope.”

 It is no surprise then that “hope” is included in the three abiding virtues mentioned in 1 Corinthians 13 along with faith and love.(1 Cor. 13:13)

However, hope, like faith and love must be nurtured and developed in our lives. Hope like faith is not a blind “wishing upon a star” response to the challenges as we live day by day. Hope is a “confident expectation.” For hope to be solid it has to have a foundation that is greater than ourselves.

I will share more about this tomorrow for those who have been hoping my blogs would be shorter.


“…hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out within our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us.”  Romans 5:5

Update… I did receive confirmation for the new certification period for home therapy. That will get me into early April and then we will be able to evaluate strategies for on-going therapy.

Continue to pray for muscles development and range of motion for my arms. My legs are getting stronger but need to get to the point of standing without leaning on my arms. When I fell on Saturday morning my legs would just not move. It was an odd feeling for sure.