Tuesday, May 16, 2006

Miracle Number two-A painful Miracle

Saying for the Day:Tell God what you need but not how to meet that need.

Back to the artifact box and we find a picture of me on skies. This reminds me of miracle number two.
When I left the hospital in Green Bay, after the ear and brain infection, I couldn’t lift one arm higher than the middle of my stomach. They didn’t discover this until after the ear surgery.

No one looked at the arm when they were trying to save my life. But when they did look they guessed that when I had the seizure that it was so violent that it pulled the arm right out of its socket, tore it up, and snapped it back. By the time they discovered it everything had hardened into place.

They sent me to an orthopedic specialist who said the prognosis was very poor. But he gave me instructions for the therapist in Crystal. The problem was that the therapist was incompetent. They fired him soon after my therapy.

When I went back to Green Bay the arm was no better and perhaps a bit worse. The specialist said I may have to learn to live with it in that condition. But he gave my wife instructions for home therapy and said come back in a month. He also gave me permission to go cross country skiing.

All this time I am asking God for a miracle. Now the miracle I had in mind was for God to send some power into the arm and suddenly everything would be fine. I would be praying. The power would come. I would be healed.

But God didn’t seem to be listening. I wanted my miracle.

One nice day Betty and I decided to go skiing . I loved cross country skiing. So we went out to a course that went around a lake . It took about two hours. We were about halfway in when we hit the one and only hill on the course. (That we had to go down)

As I started down I discovered the ear infection had done something else. It had affected my balance center. As I began to fall I put my ski pole down in front of me to try to stop. This was not a smart move. The pole grabbed and since my hand was connected to it it pulled the arm back. I could hear snapping and cracking noises .There was pain beyond which I would have tolerated if I had a choice ( I didn’t).

When Betty got me back on my feet we had a problem. The arm was in terrible pain but we had an hour of skiing to reach the car. There would be no snowmobile or helicopter to rescue me. Pain or no pain I had to ski out.

So I did. One painful length after another. Every time I pushed the pole down pain shot up the arm. It was a horrible hour but we made it.

I went home and took two aspirins and went to bed.

The next morning I made a fantastic discovery. The arm still hurt but it had a full range of motion. It was a miracle. Not the way I wanted it to happen but a miracle.

We went back to the specialist in Green Bay and he was astonished. He even offered to hire my wife as a therapist thinking it was her work.

Of course I knew the real therapist and He works because He loves us, not for money.

1050 spins without a prize. The problem with parties is they end and you have to take down all the decorations. Old Hapless spent the morning getting rid of banners and balloons. Now we need a list of winners from the party games.
The Slot machine number was one and that means
Mimi, Annette, and T.C. won
at a loser's party. If you want the 50 blog explosion credits I need your blog explosion name and I will transfer them. If you want the jelly beans I need your snail mail address. Send your choice and information to linnajohn@sbcglobal.net.
My birthday was May 21 .
So the winner there is Kristi .
Again I need either your blog explosion name or snail mail address sent to linnajohn@sbcglobal.net.
The rest of you I thank you for your comments and at least for the day you joined the losers.

I had a rough time last night as the cough kept me awake . So today I didm't get much done. I even napped a bit. i did transfer TC's credits to him so I only jave three winners left to take care of. Betty got the base painted and if the sun shines we will set up Pigeon Falls tomorrow. We went to the doctor and I don't have pneumonia but he put me on antibiotics to be safe.He also prescribed a cough medicine for tonight and had me increase the number of breathing treatments. Ralph's brother stopped by but the layout isn't up yet. Well I need a breathing treatment.


Blogger Chana said...

I cannot imagine how violent the seizure must have been to do that...i can't imagine how horrible that all ordeal was...i can't imagine the pain of having to ski back after such happening...Dr. John, you are a very strong and brave man. Good thing Betty was with you and had her witts with her. I wonder if i would have stay calm.

God is so good to us. And yes, too often we wish for our prayers to be answered our way...
You teach us good lessons and i'm grateful for that.

I'm very grateful that you have full motion again. Hope you are well and read you tomorrow.

6:40 AM  
Anonymous TC said...

Good job you weren't doing slalom!

My Blog Explosion name is TwistedChili.

Thanks, Doc.

Be well.

6:46 AM  
Blogger W. J. St. Christopher said...

Thanks for sharing this miracle/memory with us, Doc.

And thanks for making me an even bigger loser than I was 24-hours ago!

9:48 AM  
Blogger Mimi said...

Wow Dr John you sure have had a rough time. But your arm now works and you are still here in good spirits. I am so glad. That is amazing how your arm got fixed!

10:04 AM  
Anonymous Tina said...

Ahhhh, John .... a May birthday ? I knew there was a reason that you were such a great guy ! lol Guess who else was born this month ? Yup, yours truly is a 7th of May baby, along with my sister, who was my present for my fourth birthday. Word has it that I told my mother I'd rather have a doll, but I'm glad she kept my sister because I rather like her now !

10:40 AM  
Blogger Catch said...

Good people born in May.....May 2 here. I can imagine how painful it was to ski with that pain in your arm...I probably would have just laid down in the snow and sobbed...lol. You are truly a good soul Dr John. And God has blessed you in many ways.

1:55 PM  
Blogger butterflies said...

I too have learned to *ski* through pain in my life.God will always be there to help.A miracle did happen to you..to me it was that you would continue to ski after the ear and brain infection! Youre a brave man Dr John...heh

2:43 PM  
Blogger kristi said...

Wow...that is amazing that you could tolerate the pain to ski for an hour. But it is wonderful that your accident fixed your problem. You are one strong person to endure what you have!!! Thank goodness you have Betty to be by your side through it all

8:00 PM  
Blogger Lori's Minute said...

Love this story.

9:44 PM  
Blogger Annette Burkett said...

I love coming to your blog. It reminds me that God can be and will be anything I need, because He is.

I won??!! Too cool! My blogexplosion id is simsomniac...I think.

11:14 PM  
Blogger Pennie said...

Well now I am afraid to pray for a miracle with the hand. I don't like pain and I am not as strong as you are. I loved when we went cross country skiing.

4:23 AM  

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