Sometimes we look at sights in nature but don't really see. While hiking in the woods the other day, it became a realization that we need to open our heart and eyes to see the beauty of the simple things in nature with each season. There is so much order and purpose in His creation. God has given us awesome beauty in this world to see and enjoy... if we would but stop to see and feel it. Join us as this blog is about stopping to see the real beauty around touch and feel it... "Through the Lens".

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Friday, June 21, 2019

Surgery Day Arrived

Well, the day finally arrived for my surgery.  We had to be at the hospital at 6:30 Wednesday morning.  So we got up quite early and arrived a few minutes before 6:30 thinking the surgery would be around 8 am.  We waited and waited and waited....       
 waiting before the surgery
Four hours later they finally took me back…talk about getting tired of the wait. The actual surgery started around 11:30 and a couple hours later... the surgery was over. The wait was much longer than the surgery.
I just got to my room after recovery
Well, now I wear my hard collar for 6 weeks
The next afternoon they released me to go home...much to my satisfaction.  Recoup and heal at home is always best. Now nurse Gerri takes over and tends to me.
When we got home to the campground, I wanted to sit outside for a bit and get fresh air and hear the nature around us.            

The neurosurgeon told us that walking was really good and would help the healing process.  The next day Stephen came over and we all walked around the campground and to the lake...What better healing than in God's creation and the beauty of the sun glistening through the trees and haze.

And of course a trip to the donut store is always a good thought for least according to me.

On a different note, Gerri has been the real hero in all of this.  She has taken on the responsibility of all of her tasks and added the things that I usually did.  She has done and is doing a remarkable job and I cannot begin to say thank you for all you have done. 
 Gerri herself is only 4 years out from her battle with cancer, I know she is tired and sometimes exhausted, but she still keeps at it.


  1. You must be happy to have the surgery behind you. Hope you have a speedy recovery and can resume your travels soon!

  2. Glad the surgery went well and now a speedy recovery would be perfect.

  3. So glad to hear it's over with and you are doing so good. Great news. And I know what a tough job it is to be the spouse. Not only has Gerri taken on all the chores but also all the fear and worry. It's amazing how love can make us so strong.

  4. If you can eat a donut, you must be feeling better. Glad to hear the surgery went well. Yay for Nurse Gerri! Prayers for continued recovery.

  5. Praise God that the surgery is over and you can now focus on healing. I'm sure Gerri doesn't mind being the nurse/caregiver.

  6. What a relief to have the surgery behind you! You look GREAT. Amazing that you're already back home and walking around. Take good care, both of you!

  7. Happy healing... make sure to get in all the walks you can. Here is hoping for a speedy recovery!!!

  8. That is what "True Love" is all about and it goes both ways.
    Glad to see Mike is on the road to recovery.
    Be Safe and Enjoy!

    It's about time.

  9. Appears your on a road(trip) to recovery...and still have your sense of humor. Take care and keep those donuts coming..I believe they are one of the 7 basic food groups. :)) Horst sends


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