A Boy, A Shattered Femur and My Life One Year Ago

It’s Memorial Day. While most people are celebrating their freedom with burgers on the beach or picnics boasting red, white and blue treats, our family is celebrating an anniversary.

It’s been one year since Zach broke his leg.

DSC_0006This blog goes back over five years. No topic discussed in that time has garnered as much interest, as much traffic, as that. Every day someone lands on this site from a google search for “hip spica cast” or “broken femur.” Everyone wants to see pictures. And everyday someone reads about our summer with a handicapped child. It was 10 weeks with a 5-year-old in a half-body cast followed by 4 months of 3-times-a-week PT.

I feel terrible thinking this is something special when so many parents raise permanently handicapped children. Many parents will never see their kids leave the wheelchairs behind. Their struggles may be greater and definitely longer-lasting, but that doesn’t diminish the impact of our story. As I flipped back through the posts of last summer, I remembered how difficult it was. (Can you believe I forgot?) I also remembered how incredibly faithful God was.

Our son has been healed! One year from his accident and we’re spending the day playing baseball and taking turns at the batting cages. How awesome is our God? Rejoice with me!

This all happened so that we would not trust in ourselves but in God who raises the dead. He delivered us … and He will deliver us!”

“We have set our hope on Him that He will deliver us yet again, as you also join in helping us by prayer, so that many people may give thanks to God on our behalf for the gracious gift given to us through the help of many.” (2 Corinthians 1:9b-11)

If you missed it, or if you want to remember and praise God again, here are all the posts from that adventure. I’ve bold-faced the most relevant.

June 3rd: The Newest Dennis Adventure (The accident, hospital stay and cast photos)

July 7th: When A Boy Breaks His Leg … (Photos of x-rays, the wheelchair and life at home)

July 11th: Only Two More Days

July 14th: I shouldn’t blog today. (Disappointment)

July 20th: What I’ve Learned (so far) This Week (Adventures in wheelchairing)

August 2nd: On Many Things (Talk about gardens, hot summers, and inaccurate doctors)

August 4th: Big Birthday Wishes (Zach turns six and gets his wish!)

August 5th: The New Leg of Our Adventure (The cast is off!)

August 9th: A Quickie (First PT appointment)

August 31st: Not Yet Four Weeks Later (videos of his mobility less than 4 weeks after the cast was removed)


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