This is my first story since the “Happy Birthday Jayci” story I posted on October 29th. The reason I have not posted a story is that I had complete knee replacement surgery on my right knee on Nov. 3rd. For this week’s story I would like to catch you up on some of the things that have happened since my last story.
First I would like to thank all of the amazing people in our community that held fundraisers in the month of October for the Foundation. The number of people, groups, and businesses that hold these fundraisers seem to increase immensely every year. As the number of these groups grow, so has the dollar amount of donations to the Foundation. To me, this just confirms to me what a compassionate, and generous community we live in. We will use this money in our Thanksgiving Dinner and Adopt-A-Family for Christmas programs. We are going to work with some of the companies that donated and let them do the Christmas shopping for some families. I enjoy letting people who raised the money be the ones to experience the gratitude of the families and the reward of experiencing the difference they made in their lives. It is definitely a reward that money cannot purchase.
Now, let’s get to the knee replacement surgery. After several years of rodeo and basketball, my knees have finally reached the point where they need to be replaced. The right knee was by far the worst, so I decided I would have it done first. Now I have talked to several people that have gone through knee replacement surgery, and heard some very positive stories, and some that made me a little concerned about the results. The one consistent advice I got from everyone is to make sure to do physical therapy consistently. I was told the first two weeks would be the hardest, but it would start to get better after that. I had my follow up on Wednesday, and everything looked great. I started out-patient physical therapy on Friday and feel pretty good about the complete recovery.
I want to let you know that while the two first weeks were difficult, they would have been a lot worse if I did not have the amazing wife I have taking care of me. Kristi is always making sure I have everything I need. She goes out of her way to make me comfortable and relaxed. She always does everything she can for me and I am so very blessed to have her in my life.
I want to thank everyone that called to check on me and came over to the house to see if they could help with anything. I am fortunate to have so many great friends, and thanks for reading.
Next week: Happy Thanksgiving
P.S. To the guys at basketball: One step closer to coming back. You have been warned.