Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Hospital Stays, Amazing Medical Care, and Wonderful Visitors -- Why I am Not Blogging

 
 
Joni Culp Larsen's photo.

 
Dear Red Couch Readers, thanks for dropping by.  At the end of May my son became very ill.   Last Friday,  after three MRIs, two hospitals and a 12 day stay, two surgeries, and many other procedures, he came home.
  
Our hearts are so thankful for all his friends who came to visit him in our local hospital.  They were so fun and cheered us up.  Our hearts are also so thankful that when he was moved to a new hospital to get more specialized care. 1.5 hours away, we were near family.  They visited us, brought us treats, and we had a place to crash when we weren't spending the night at the hospital  They really cheered us up.   As you can see, even Miss Utah County and Little Miss Utah County came to visit!  Little Miss Utah County is Jaqueline's grand daughter, my great niece,
 
Our hearts are so thankful for nurses and doctors who have worked so hard to be where they are and for the expertise they bring with them.  Our hearts are so thankful for modern antibiotics that helped him get better.  He will be on IV antibiotic therapy for at least 4 more weeks; the antibiotic costs $15,000 per week, but we are thankful it is available, and that we have insurance to help us pay the costs of his health care.

Our hearts are so thankful to our Heavenly Father who answered our prayers, in that he is healed.  Thanks to the many who prayed and fasted for him.
 
Our orthopedic surgeon said he was within a week of losing his leg, so we are very thankful he didn't.  Yes, he has a lot of therapy to get back to where he was, but he will make it thanks to wonderful medical care, new antibiotics, and physical therapists.

So I will be back to blogging soon I hope. 
 

14 comments:

Debbie@Mountain Breaths said...

Joni, glad your handsome son is on the mend. Very stressful times for you and your family. Always thankful for the wonderful medical care.

Debbie said...

Well, praise God!!

I can't tell you how often I thank God for the gift of intellect he has given people whom he also calls to be his healing hands. I am regularly amazed at what they can do.

Standing in thanksgiving with you that those gifts were used for the benefit of your son. God is good.

Tricia said...

Oh, my, thank you for filling us in! I'm so glad to hear your son is on the mend and that you felt loved and supported throughout the worst of his ordeal. God is good!

La Table De Nana said...


My goodness you are nice to let us know..
What a worrisome you have been through.
I am so glad he will be better.
Beautiful photo.
You must be sooo grateful.

Amy Lookabill said...

Praying for a speedy recovery! Glad to hear he is on the mend.

Pondside said...

Thank God, indeed! I'm so glad to read that your son will be well - but what a rough time you've all been through. Like you, I am grateful for excellent healthcare!

Linda P said...

Dear Joni, my heart goes out to you, your son and family. What a dreadful experience. Through the grace of God, good doctors and those loving visits from family and friends, things are on the mend. Sending healing thoughts and prayers, Linda

Miss Merry said...

So thankful that your prayers were answered! We experienced something similar 3 years ago with my son-in-law. The support of family and friends still brings tears to my eyes. Continued prayers for his complete recovery.

Sarah said...

Joni, I am happy to hear that your son is back home and on the mend. What an ordeal! I'll be thinking of you and sending positive energy your way.

Linda (More Fun Less Laundry) said...

Joni, I am sorry to hear of your son's suffering but so thankful that he is on the mend and that you have had the support of so many people who love you and your family. Now the rest of us in blogland will be able to pray and send positive thoughts your way too. Linda

Barbara F. said...

Sorry to hear of your son's illness but happy that he is on the mend. Blessings to all of you. xo

Sue said...

Oh my goodness, Joni, I am so happy that this experience is having such a positive ending! My heart goes out to you and your family. I am so happy that your son (and your family) have so much support and everyone has rallied around all of you. Heavenly Father has truly blessed you. I will keep your son in my prayers. XO, Sue

Jacqueline said...

So good to see him relatively out of pain and mobile (with his walker) this weekend. Truly, the medical care he received was miraculous and even though the stay seemed long, it was short compared to everyone I am talking to who have had a similar condition. So glad Heavenly Father answered your prayers. He is still cute in this picture with Miss Utah County despite the fact that he was in such pain that day!

Pinky at Designs by Pinky said...

Joni, I am so sorry to hear that your son and you have gone through this horrible experience. But thank God for modern medicine and wonderful Doctors, huh!? I am sending prayers to you for fast healing!!! XO

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