Time flies and life can pass by in the blink of an eye. So I will just pick up where I left off. We came home from the hospital with my husband missing one leg. We were all still shell shocked, especially Ron. He was assigned home health care, but I would not let anyone else change his dressings. That was MY job. It was the least I could do. The nurses that came by would comment on how clean and neat I kept his stump ( a very HARD word to learn to say) and were impressed with how quickly he was healing
Three months went by and Ron decided he was ready to go back to work. The staples had come out and he had an appointment with the lady who would make his new artificial leg. He was ready to get back to living. So each morning I would get him up, help him to his new shower seat and get him ready to go to work. Those first few months he was in a wheelchair and I would drive him there and pick him up when work was over. He is an IT Manager, so luckily lots of his work could be done behind his desk.
Our community was SO supportive, bringing food, building a ramp to our back door, cutting our grass… the list goes on and on. The amazing thing is that Ron never ONCE complained. His attitude was, and still remains, that he did not lose a leg, he gained his life. THAT right there. Attitude. Makes all the difference. He inspired us – he inspired his friends – he inspired his co-workers and he inspired his community.
Next blog will be about him walking for the first time after being fitted with his new leg. EMOTIONAL to say the least. Oh and a hint on how well he did….. less than a year after his surgery, he walked in the local Walk for Diabetes 5K!
Good things were happening, but life wasn’t through surprising us yet.