Merry Christmas

What an amazing year 2010 has been.  I received the two best possible gifts – my sister is alive (making a fantastic recovery) and I learned what it means to put absolute trust in God.

We nearly lost Karen this April due to a ruptured brain aneurysm.  I was on my way to New York when I got the call.  By the time I flew home and arrived at the hospital, she was already in surgery.  After weeks in the ICU and months of inpatient rehabilitation, she finally got to come home in late summer.  And most recently, Karen was discharged from all outpatient rehab.  Praise God!

Life is incredibly fragile – it can change in a single moment.  But life is also infinitely complex.  Dr. Koebbe, the neurosurgeon that saved my sister’s life, is one of less than 100 neurosurgeons in the U.S. skilled in performing cerebral aneurysm coiling.  And there he was, in San Antonio, the very day my sister needed him.

I also have a new found respect for those who have chosen to be nurses (especially those in the ICU).  It takes tremendous skill and compassion to do what they do every day.  I will always remember Moses from the Pulmonology team.

There are too many people to thank – I can’t possibly name everyone.  Not a day goes by that I don’t give thanks for those who …

Provided a ride, a place to sleep, or listened as we coped;
Brought or cooked a meal, provided childcare;
Waited with us in the ICU as we dried our tears;
Visited Karen and prayed without ceasing!

As you spend this Christmas day with your family and loved ones – hold them close, rejoice, and give thanks for the time we have with one another.  Merry Christmas.

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