It’s hard to believe we’re already beginningOctober—this year seems to have flown by. We’vemoved into a very warm spring here already. I’mhoping it’s not a sign of a scorcher summer, but we’llsee soon enough.We are preparing for quite an October. In a fewweeks, I (Christie) will have another surgery on myleg, from the accident that broke my left femur back inFebruary. This time the doctor will, with the help of the Lord, correct the bad position of the bone bycutting it almost in two, taking out a wedge, andresetting it. He’ll put in a larger metal plate this time,and about twice as many screws. The good news isthat the first plate and screws, which have beencausing a lot of pain, will be removed at the sametime, rather than having two separate surgeries andrecoveries. So there’s a bit of a silver lining in thecloud. The surgeon feels very hopeful about thisprocedure and we are praying that the damage can allbe corrected in this one surgery.I shared on our blog that part of the difficulty in thisperiod of rehab is that we’ve had to put several crucialparts of our ministry on pause in order to focus on mylearning to walk again. After this surgery, the doctorsaid we can expect a similar recovery, starting back over at ground zero. However, this time around thereshould be much better results and I’ll be able to getback to “normal” in 2012. Thank God that He’s beenwith us every step of the way and still puts His hand inour daily lives.
THE HAGERMAN FAMILY Itauguá, Paraguay
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Many peoples will come and say, "Come, let us go up to the mountain of the LORD...He will teach us his ways, so that we may walk in his paths." Isaiah 2:3
As I mentioned, the original plan was to only removethe plate and screws, go through therapy again, andthen reset the bone in a later operation. While I’mthrilled to “get this over with” all at once, we’rehaving to scramble now with this change in plans.The pricetag on this surgery is much higher, and we’rearranging our home and schedule to accommodate thismore involved recovery. The young lady who wasborrowing my wheelchair and walker is walking onher own again now, so we at least have a head start onthat sort of thing. Thankfully, both sets of our parentsare planning a visit to coincide with the hospital stay.So Camille and Caroline are REALLY lookingforward to my surgery
and Ken and I are definitelyexcited that our parents will be visiting soon. Pleasepray for safe travel for them, for God’s presenceduring and after the surgery, and for financialprovision to cover this next step.