Back in KC
Here’s a photo of Amy at the doctor’s office in Atlanta on Saturday (7/11/2015), four days after surgery. It was wonderful to see her sweet smile again!
We are now back home in Kansas City, and Amy has certainly “turned the corner” in regards to her healing. She is walking (slowly and carefully), sleeping better and eating again. Her mind is beginning to clear.
Amy is learning to adjust to her full-body compression suit (it looks a lot like a scuba diving wet suit) despite the 100-degree heat. She has to wear the compression suit 24 hours/day for the next two weeks, then 12 hours/day for the next 4-6 months, and then “we’ll see” how she’s doing. Full recovery, we’re told, is expected to take 12-15 months.
There are still challenges, of course. Amy said her first physical therapy at the hospital was “a horrible experience.” And so was the time, about fifteen minutes ago, she put too much pressure on her left arm while trying to get off the couch.
But we take great comfort in the hope that these temporary trials will pay off. We are praying that this surgery, along with the next two surgeries (we are waiting to schedule, pending insurance), will release Amy from the chronic Lipedema pain she has experienced over the past decade. We are convinced that these trials are well within God’s sovereignty and He does, in fact, work all things for good.
“Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.” (2 Cor. 4:16-18).