I've finally come home after seven (!) weeks in the hospital.

I’m excited to be back with my family.

I’m very weak and I still get a little queasy in the stomach at times. I am to see a specialist Monday to check my ears—I can’t hear as well as I should and we want to make sure that the trauma of the surgery and long time in ICU did not cause permanent damage to my hearing.

I’m able to walk short distances and do short stints of physical therapy. I can climb our stairs in order to go to bed and take a shower—though I need supervision in case I fall.

I talked to my surgeon this morning. He told me that if I were older I would not have survived. He attributed my making it through to my faith and the faith of friends and family. So, I thank you for your prayers!! I am absolutely sure that God heard your prayers—they were powerful and effective.

The nurses and respitory therapists in the Cardio-Vascular Surgical ICU have already deemed me the miracle of 2006. They were amazing - they knew what they were doing and truly cared. Many of the nurses openly told me that they were praying for me as well.

I will be recuperating from this for a long time. I have no idea when I will be living a normal life. Sometimes this is daunting and depressing, but then I remember that I’ve been pulled out of certain death and given a new opportunity to live a life dedicated to glorifying God in every moment. My wife has been spared being a widow with three young children to raise, and my children still have their daddy. Blessings upon blessings!!

Thanks again for your prayers!


Barry said...

We've missed you, Bob! And we are so thankful for the Lord's care for you and your family. I will continue to pray for you as you recover.

Byron said...

Welcome back, Bob, to the land of the living---and of the blogging. Praise God from Whom ALL blessings truly flow. Just let me know when you're in arguing form again; I know it'll take awhile, but I'm itchin', dude.

Oh, and by the way...picked up "Heaven is a Place on Earth" during the time you were lingering between the two... :)

p.a.hiles said...

it's good to have you back my friend!remember,not having a normal life doesn't mean that you're having a bad or dull one either!agape love!

Sivin Kit said...

good to have you back.

Scot McKnight said...

It didn't even dawn on me that you were blogging at Vanguard.
Over and over, brother, I prayed that the Lord would wrap his arms around your family, his hands around your heart, and that his finger would touch that aorta. Over and over.

So glad you are back home; my prayers are still with you friend.

Not sure when Kris and I will get out to NY to see Lukas, but if we can stop by we will.

ScottB said...

Welcome back - rest well and recover fully.

Ted Gossard said...

Praise God. I've been posting most all of the notices from "Jesus Creed" on my little blog. We will continue to pray for you brother.

Paul Oyler - aka SteelerDirtFreak said...

Welcome back Bob!

We've been praying for you and your family.

Praise our Awesome God!

And we'll be continuing to pray for you.

Jamie Arpin-Ricci said...

We've missed you. Welcome back!


Bill Arnold said...

Welcome back, man. I know it will be a struggle, but I'm happy for you nonetheless!

sabbath day's journey said...

My heart is singing...Yay! You are home! God is sooo good!!

With thanksgiving,

Brian said...

Welcome back Bob!

Rick said...

I have been praying for this update and keeping up with your progree via Scot M.

Good to have you back.

joeldaniel said...

such good news! we've been keeping you constantly in prayer @ The Chapel. and we will continue to do so. praise His eternal mercies...

Stephen said...

Thank you God!

Welcome Back Bob!!!!

DLW said...

Welcome back!

I'm glad you are somewhat back on your feet and with your family.

I was scared for you for a while back there....