Monday, April 1, 2013

A Helping Hand From Above to Prevent Stumbling

Despite being nicknamed "Superbob" in some quarters, I can be a total wimp when contemplating major medical events.

Now that April is here, and little more than a week remains before my total knee replacement, I confess that I am growing more nervous by the day. The angst is compounded by surfing the Internet and reading all the stories of those who have preceded me -- practically hour by hour accounts in the hospital, battles to stave off infection, considerable pain,  having basically to relearn how to walk, and then even a bout of depression one guy suffered later on.

All this comes from one of my worst habits -- reading stuff on the Internet and thinking "what if?" Of course, there is a ton of good information to be found there, but probably 10 tons of dubious material for every one on the positive side. Still, I will read and read and read. That's just me.

For anyone following this blog about the walking life (which is really the point of going for the bionic knee), I may disappoint you the next week with a dearth of entries about joyous walks. In truth, it is not a lot of fun to walk right now. I can barely make it home. However, going forward, I did find inspiration in The Bible, as follows:

"Thou hast also given me the shield of thy salvation: and thy right hand hath holden me up, and thy gentleness hath made me great. Thou hast enlarged my steps under me, that my feet did not slip."
   --- Psalm 18:35-36 King James Version

A paragraph of commentary on that passage in "Moments of Peace in the Presence of God" (Bethany House, 2004) -- a little volume published in Brentwood, Tennessee that my daughter Kristina gave me years ago -- offers this additional helpful perspective:

"Life's journey is fraught with unexpected twists and turns, and the risk of stumbling ranks high on the list of road hazards. No doubt the psalmist knew this, but he had the boldness to pen words that comfort you centuries later: When God holds you by the hand, a stumble doesn't result in a fall. With His supporting arm, you catch your footing and continue surefooted along the trail."

Boy, do I know well the risk of stumbling. Last summer, because I was unconsciously dragging my left leg due to the unbending, unbendable knee, I fell flat on my face twice within the distance of one block. No telling what my dog thought.

The Good Lord willing, I hope to be back on that trail, stronger than ever, and by the grace of God, no longer stumbling.

© Robert G. Holland  2013

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