Friday, February 22, 2008

My left foot

I called the church office from the "loft" in the sanctuary yesterday afternoon, and told Connie, our receptionist, "I've fallen and I can't get up!"
I was trying to plug our new service clock into a new outlet that had just been installed. Since I didn't see a ladder I did what I always do.....I improvised. I used a tall bar stool. I got up on the stool and was about to plug the clock in when I lost my balance and fell. It was head first all the way, but on the way down somehow my left heel hit the very corner of a wooden step that leads up to the AV platform. My heel was no match for that hard wooden corner, and in a moment I knew it was hurt badly. I couldn't stand on it and it hurt! What we found out in the emergency room at the hospital was that I had shattered my heel. That sounded bad, and today we found out it is. The orthopedist came to my room today to tell me I would need surgery, would be on crutches for at least 6 months and would always have problems with that heel. Real encouraging, huh?
So, as soon as the swelling goes down they will get me in for surgery- a metal plate, screws, and whatever else they need to do to fix it. In the midst of the pain I had a number of medical people come by my room in the emergency room to tell me they had never seen a heel injury this bad, and they "congratulated" me on doing such a good job. We all laughed, but I didn't think it was too funny.
Tonight I'm home, heavily drugged, still in great pain and waiting for surgery. If none of this makes sense you will know why.
I would welcome your prayers. If I miss a few days blogging in the upcoming weeks you will know why. In spite of all of this I am blessed. God is so good. He has taken care of us in amazing ways. Even at this painful moment one thing was wonderfully missing from our visit with the doctor.....he never once said, "You only have 6 months to live." So I am grateful for God's wonderful care and grace.


Anonymous said...

We'll have to get a picture of you and Rosemary together with your matching casts! (if only yours was hot pink :) We'll be praying for you!
Ruth V.

jhh said...

Not the kind of record one would wish to hold! It will be interesting to see God's use of this in your life--we both know that will be good! Praying for you, brother!

Brandon and Jenny said...

Well Mike, I could always count on you to put your foot down. Just not so hard! I'm so sorry. At least your arms will get a good workout.

Toneman said...

Brother, it was good seeing you this weekend. I have to admit, it would have been more enjoyable sharing coffee and eggs with you than watching you sit in the ER. Will pray for a speedy recovery.

vincit omnia veritas said...

dear Pastor,

My wife and I will be praying for you near the equator ... :)

Please take care!


Skidmorski said...

Sorry to hear this news. I would have gladly taken your place. We will be praying for you and Joy.
Do not hesitate to ask if there is anything you may need.

The Skidmore's

cookiehawk77 said...

That's what you get for being such a servant! Looks like you got a few scrapes & bruises to go with it. I'll be praying for God's comfort & provision during this trying time.

Anonymous said...

Workers comp at least right? Ha, glad it wasnt worse, take care guy.

Sandi Shipley said...

That's a bummer! I always knew that you go all out in your service, but I think this was was WAY above the call of duty. I'll be praying for the swelling to recede so you can get on the road to recovery. BTW I did notice the Shack and am anxious to start The Great Divorce. Thanks for the recommendation. If you or Joye need anything, just let us know.

dawnparadise said...

We are praying for you! Let us know if there is anything we can do!!:-) And I always knew when yuo do something you give it 110%. Good proof:-)

Flower Mound Mom said...

So sorry to hear about your accident! I can so relate with your pain having torn my acl the same way...falling when I should have used a ladder. I will be praying for you and your recovery.

Joyce said...

Dear Mike,

I will be praying for a quick and speedy recovery for you. I am so sorry that you were injured. Please let us know if there is anything we can do to help!

Joyce & Charlie Oldenburg

Schweers' Mom said...

Hope the drugs are keeping you pain free (and somewhat care-free - ha, ha). Sounds worse than bunion surgery, sorry. Wonder why God thought you needed a nice, long rest? Hmm....

Mike Messerli said...

thank you all for your thoughts and prayers. I love you all, and your comments are such an encouragement. Thank you, thank you.

I'll keep you updated as I know what's ahead for me.

cheryl5van said...

Hey Mike, Phil and I are in prayer for you. If we can help let us know. Phil & Cheryl

thekingpin68 said...

The orthopedist came to my room today to tell me I would need surgery, would be on crutches for at least 6 months and would always have problems with that heel. Real encouraging, huh?

I am sorry, Mike. I hope and pray that there is a better diagnosis in the future.

Anonymous said...

Mike, my prayers are with you. Ouch! I am familiar with that corner. I'll kick it for you Thursday when I am up there running Joye's slides.