She's on the Mend

You don’t have to file a missing person’s report.  Mary is not missing.  I’m Mary’s husband, Tom, and I wish to thank all of her well wishers, prayer warriors and blog followers that have supported her throughout the past month as she underwent knee replacement.  She won’t be playing marbles or be drafted for the tight end on a NFL team, but she will be able to walk without the tremendous pain that she’s been undergoing for the past ten years.

We can pick our friends.  We can pick our nose, but we can’t pick our parents or our friend’s nose.  Mary inherited her bad knees from her mother who transmitted some bad gene to both Mary, her sister and brother.

Mary’s surgeon is located in Flagstaff, about 60 miles north of us but her operation was done at a hospital in Phoenix. Her doctor recommended the lower altitude location for older ones, like Mary, because of the higher oxygen concentration and faster healing.   Mary hopes that her knees will last a 25 year warranty that comes with them.  Longevity is also a gene that runs in her family.  Her mother lived to be 96.  The good die young.  Her mother, well…

A shout out to my daughter, Amy, a registered nurse.  She was an angel of mercy throughout this procedure.  She accompanied Mary to all her pre-op appointments and stayed with her down in Phoenix for two nights until released.  I would have done it, but both of them are afraid of my driving.

Yesterday I took Mary up to Flagstaff for her post op 2 week visit to remove sutures.  It went well.

I’ve been Mr. Mom for the past two weeks taking care of the outside of the home, the cooking, cleaning and of course attending to Mary’s personal needs. 

I rewarded myself with a Yamaha classical guitar.  I work cheap! 

I get to do this again in four to six months when her right knee will undergo replacement.  Yay me!

Again, thank you all!  My wife hopes to be writing and posting again soon.


  1. Tom, thanks for the update on Mary! Seems like she is in the best of care with you taking care of her! Tell her we look forward to when she is able to return to her writing! I'm sure the next knee replacement will go a bit smoother since she'll know what to expect!


  2. You're funny bro.Tom. But thank you for letting us know about sister Mary's progress. Thanks be to God she's continuing to get her strength &mobility, too on that bad knee. Please let her know prayers never cease. I pray you'll have increased strength to do power walk with sister Mary soon!!! God bless you both!

  3. Thank you so much for the update and for taking such good care of our dear blogging friend! Husbands like you are rare treasures--I have one of those rare treasures and I don't know what I would do without him. Thanking God for His healing hand on Mary and for providing her with great care both in and out of the hospital. Blessings to you both!

  4. Glad of the update on Mary's condition. You're a good example of a devoted , caring husband. Looking forward to her returning to blogging.

  5. Tom, thank you so much for letting us know about Mary's condition. I send my love and hugs to her.

  6. Tom, you are awesome. Give Mary our best, our love, and our prayers are with her to mend very soon.

  7. Thanks for the update! Glad she is doing well and will be praying for continued healing!

  8. What a delight-full post!
    I love your sense of humor ... I love your wife ... I love He who heals.

  9. I can't begin to tell you the many times Mary has come to my mind, and I have prayed for her. I have been wondering how she is doing and how the operation went. Praise God for taking care of her through it...sounds like a LOT of that care has come through you and Amy! I am so thankful you posted this for Mary, so we could know how she is doing. I pray very often for Amy and you, too, Tom. God bless you and your dear family, and will you please give Mary a big, big hug from her friend, Cheryl, and please tell her I love her and am praying for her? Thank you ever so much!!

  10. Tom... your post kept me in stitches, you are hilarious, now just be careful you don't get Mary to laugh too much, those stitches need to stay intact, ha! Glad to hear the good report of Mary, and so thankful to know that she is doing well, and that Amy was there to support her too! Tis a tough thing to inherit bad knees, but thankful for modern technology to help her to go on and live a very long life :) Hugs and prayers for all of you today!

  11. It's good to hear from you, big guy! I know your wife's in good hands. Thanks for the update. I'll look forward to seeing the both of you one of these days again. Next time lunch is on me. Tell Mary I said "Hey!"

  12. Thank you so much for the update! You are a wonderful mate, and a funny one at that! I'm sure you are a wonderful nurse. And now...a singing nurse with your new guitar. Who knows what that second knee will bring...a piano??

    Please let Mary know I'm thinking and praying for her, knowing that she is being well cared for.

  13. I'm just checking in on Mary. I miss seeing her beautiful smile pop up. So happy she's alright.

  14. That{s beautiful, so glad to hear. Please send love and blessings and healing wishes to Mary from her friend Shayndel in Japan!!

  15. I so appreciate this post, Tom. I'm thankful to hear how well Mary is doing.

  16. Greetings from The Netherlands! Praying for both.

    Sharing this poem:

    My life is but a weaving
    Between my God and me.
    I cannot choose the colors
    He weaveth steadily.

    Oft’ times He weaveth sorrow;
    And I in foolish pride
    Forget He sees the upper
    And I the underside.

    Not ’til the loom is silent
    And the shuttles cease to fly
    Will God unroll the canvas
    And reveal the reason why.

    The dark threads are as needful
    In the weaver’s skillful hand
    As the threads of gold and silver
    In the pattern He has planned

    He knows, He loves, He cares;
    Nothing this truth can dim.
    He gives the very best to those
    Who leave the choice to Him.


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