numbering the days
All throughout this journey, days have had major significance. There have been monumental days – diagnosis day, surgery day, cast removal day as well as seemingly more mundane days.
But I’m always reminded of what Scripture teaches us in Psalm 90:12, “So teach us to number our days that we may get a heart of wisdom.” Days are important and they aren’t guaranteed, but they are a gift. We are admonished to number our days – to remember, cherish, celebrate and use them to the fullest.
It’s hard for us to believe that a good part of this journey is in the rear view mirror. Some days it seems like the surgery was only yesterday and other days it seems like forever ago. Time and this journey marches on – punctuated by check ups every six months.
Last week was one of those check ups. We travelled to Birmingham to see Dr. Killian and have Cole’s most recent x-rays reviewed and to check on the progress of the healing of his hip. We were encouraged to hear that Cole’s healing is progressing nicely. The hip is continuing to grow back and there is only a little bit of old bone left that the new will push out and grow in its place. That hip joint is growing back larger than his other joint, but this wasn’t a big concern at the moment.
Dr. Killian checked Cole’s flexibility (which is limited by the plate) and also checked him walking and running. We were glad to know that he won’t require a lift on his shoe anymore (and Cole was especially glad to hear that)!
As far as the future goes, we are on track for Cole’s next surgery being this summer. This will be a procedure to remove the plate and six screws from his hip/leg. The x-rays showed no indication that it would need to be removed before that time which is good news.
So, we have another countdown. There are more days to number. Even though we don’t have the exact date yet, we know there is a day in the future where we will be another step closer to the healing of his hip. So until then, we’ll number our days… making the most of them by being incredibly grateful to God who has guided us on this journey.
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Continued prayers for Cole, his doctor, and the whole Veleber family!