On January 17th, I had surgery to repair my shoulder and bicep. I haven’t been able to play guitar since October. It has been a journey, to say the least.
It is an accomplishment to type this blog post. Ive spent the past two weeks blind – quite literally. As a complication after surgery, I contracted a MRSA-like bacteria in my eyes that caused me to no longer be able to see. In one day, I was shuttled between three different eye doctors, had a portion of my cornea removed to be biopsied, and entered into a journey that I did not know the ending of. I still do not know.
As of today, I cannot see more than shapes and facial features of those around me out of my left eye. I am relying on my right eye – which is naturally “lazy” and weak to “read” to type this – but it is worth it. I went from taking three eye drops every 15 minutes to taking three eye drops every hour 24 hours a day struggling to get sleep between drops to my current regiment – two drops every two hours…and I get to sleep for four hours at a time at night.
Still in the midst of this is physical therapy on my shoulder, Twice a week with my therapists and three times a day at home. It is rigorous…but needed.I have a dowel rod that I use during my PT that I had my wife and kids write encouragement on. My son wrote the inscription you see in the picture above. Ironically, he wrote it two days before the onset of my blindness. He said “Dad, I know you didn’t write the song for you – but if Jesus could make the lame walk…He can heal your shoulder, too”. Oh how I would need my own words in the days ahead.
There are so many things I have grown to appreciate through this: Faith in God…scripture that I have committed to memory over the years…prayers of SO many people…eyesight…medical professionals…medicine…great friends who have helped us in this journey…
…but especially my kids…and my wife. My wife has been my rock through all of this and has literally been my guide. She has shown me love beyond anything I could ever imagine. Jesus may be healing me…but she has been showing me Jesus daily.