Nichelle has had her 2nd surgery in 3 weeks. Last year Nichelle had a hematoma that laid on her nerves and has caused nerve damage in her left hip all the way down her leg. She is totally in a wheelchair and unable to walk. Last year’s surgery started opening from the inside out and she has had an open wound for 9 months. After months of going to wound care, multiple times a week she was sent to a plastic surgeon.
The original surgery had 55 staples that went from her back all across her abdomen. The surgery Nichelle had a few weeks ago had 6 layers of stitching performed in an effort to close the wound. The sutures popped open so she had to repeat the surgery two weeks later.
This time they decided to keep her in the hospital for 5 days and now she is at a rehabilitation center for 3 to 4 weeks so that the wound can heal properly. Below are some of the photos from the last few weeks.
Kaylin is eating pizza while visiting her Mommy. She is her mother’s girl. Nichelle’s favorite food is pizza and Kaylin shares the same obsession for the love of pizza. When we went to Italy after the girl’s graduation, Nichelle had pizza 3 times a day. She loves pizza but she also is not real adventurous when it comes to trying new foods.
This is the view from Nichelle’s hospital room. This is the second year in a row that she has had to be in the hospital for July 4th and July 24th.
All the wheelchairs are lined up for incoming patients. You can see my shadow on the wall. Not many people are in the hospital on the 4th of July, thus the plethora of vacant wheelchairs.
Kaylin holds hands with her Mommy on a short wheelchair ride. Isn’t that the sweetest picture?
I love this picture also. Kaylin took a two hour nap laying next to her Mommy. This picture show 2 angels next to each other. I love them both, so much!
At times like these my heart just aches to see my “baby” in so much anguish and so much pain. I have to rely on the Lord and prayer and the prayer of others in Nichelle’s behalf in order to get through each day.
I really like a talk by President Thomas S. Monson entitled: “Miracles of Faith” that first appeared in the July 2004 Ensign Magazine. Some of the highlights of the article are listed below:
I like this poem by Ella Wheeler Wilcox, the poetess, who wrote:
It is easy enough to be pleasant,
When life flows by like a song,
But the man worth while is one who will smile,
When everything goes dead wrong.
For the test of the heart is trouble,
And it always comes with the years,
And the smile that is worth the praises of earth
Is the smile that shines through tears.
The “Precious Promise” that President Monson talks about is listed below:
“To all who have suffered silently from sickness, to you who have cared for those with physical or mental impairment, who have borne a heavy burden day by day, year by year, and to you noble mothers and dedicated fathers—I salute you and pray God’s blessings to ever attend you. To the children, particularly those who cannot run and play and frolic, come the reassuring words: “Dearest children, God is near you, / Watching o’er you day and night.”
There will surely come that day, even the fulfillment of the precious promise from the Book of Mormon:
“The soul shall be restored to the body, and the body to the soul; yea, and every limb and joint shall be restored to its body; yea, even a hair of the head shall not be lost; but all things shall be restored to their proper and perfect frame. …
“And then shall the righteous shine forth in the kingdom of God” (Alma 40:23, 25).
From the Psalm echoes the assurance:
“My help cometh from the Lord, which made heaven and earth. …
“… He that keepeth thee will not slumber.
“Behold, he that keepeth Israel shall neither slumber nor sleep” (Ps. 121:2–4).
Through the years the Latter-day Saints have taken comfort from the favorite hymn remembered from our youth:
When upon life’s billows you are tempest-tossed,
When you are discouraged, thinking all is lost,
Count your many blessings; name them one by one,
And it will surprise you what the Lord has done. …
Are you ever burdened with a load of care?
Does the cross seem heavy you are called to bear?
Count your many blessings; ev’ry doubt will fly,
And you will be singing as the days go by. …
So amid the conflict, whether great or small,
Do not be discouraged; God is over all.
Count your many blessings; angels will attend,
Help and comfort give you to your journey’s end.
To any who from anguish of heart and sadness of soul have silently asked, “Heavenly Father, are you really there? … Do you hear and answer ev’ry … prayer?” I bear my witness that He is there. He does hear and answer every prayer. His Son, the Christ, burst the bands of our earthly prisons, and heaven’s blessings await us.”
Please continue to pray for a miracle for Nichelle so that she can resume a normal life again and relearn how to walk. Our family will be eternally grateful. Thank you.