After spending most of the past two days watching how amazing the human body is at healing (my sister-in-law had her knee replaced), I just have to thank God for the way he made the human body so resilient. It is totally incredible to see how quickly the body recovers from major surgery when everything goes well. In one day she went from surgery early in the morning to standing on her new knee and pivoting that late afternoon. I admire the abilities of the doctors and nurses and all the different staff who play a part in making a patient comfortable and helping her through each step of recovery.
Insurance has made the medical field hone its skills so that patients are ready (?) to go home sooner and do more of the recovery process in their own homes or as out-patients. We found that for the new knee insurance allows 'two midnights' or longer only if there is some medical issue of concern. They try to do a good job of staying ahead of the pain so it doesn't become intolerable.
It takes courage to undergo such a major surgery, often nudged along by the severe pain in the worn out body part. The physical therapist reminded us that walking on the knee would not hurt it, unlike the caution required more with a new hip, however there will be physical pain to face bravely. And courage to keep pushing the knee to bend more and work harder. I admire all those who must choose to get a replacement part.
"Heal me, O Lord, and I will be healed; save me and I will be saved, for You are the one I praise" (Jeremiah 17:14 NIV).
Fortunately, God is constantly with us, helping us through the physical challenges of life. He will heal us as we continue to seek His constant presence. And gives us resiliency as we rest in His loving arms.