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Monday, July 17, 2006

Tension

Whenever I return from a long trip, I am reminded once again of what we have been through since May 19th and how much progress Nicole has made. Each time we have visited the doctor her progress has been medically confirmed. I am also hit with how we have been able to turn our house into a rehab center and how God has provided the help that we have needed each time we have needed it. As I walk around Nikki's part of the house, I see evidence of gifts she has been given and I am reminded of how many people have taken time to consider just what a person in her situation might want, need, or enjoy. In Australia it amazed me how many people began their conversations with me with questions about Nicole. In one of the main meetings, time was spent specificaaly praying for her and her full and complete recovery. We have not been alone in this difficult moment and for that we are very thankful.

With all of our reasons for thanks, we are also very aware that we are in a difficult phase of Nicole's recovery. You have probably noticed that this has been the theme of the last few posts. We are simply in a time of tension. Nicole is feeling much, much better. She is not experiencing the regular pain that was so debilitating the first sevreal weeks after her injury. In many ways Nicole seems completely normal. And this is where the rub comes in. Although she has come a long way, she has a long way to go. The doctors tell us that those many reconnections of her bones a very soft, making Nicole quite susceptible to reinjury. At the same time, it is difficult for Nicole to spend day after day in three rooms of our house. It is hard to find constructive things to do to pass the hours and then wake up the next day and do it all over again. All of this presents a very significant tension between recovery and vunerability. Because of her recovery, Nicole is technically able to do some things (in her wheel chair) outside of our house, but unless she is in a very protective environment, she is in danger of doing injury to bone structures that have only recently begun to heal.

It would be nice if the tension was only between recovery and vulnerability, but we live in a fallen world where what is ideal is not what we always experience. The problem is that we don't all come down on the same page when it comes to deciding what is resonsible and what is dangerous. We do want Nicole to make a full recovery. We are working so that she will have few, if any, lasting limitations from these severe injuries. We do want to hit the middel between being way too casual and all too paranoid. And we do not want to see the tension between recovery and vulnerability to degenerate into tension between us as we live together through this difficult moment. For this we need your prayers.

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