Kevin had his first post op appointment with his surgeon. He is recovering well and is even discussing when to replace his other hip. (Both were just bone on bone, it was amazing that he stayed as active as he did.)
The first week was rocky, with a reaction to the pain meds, various illness and injuries among the children and...no crises would be complete without... car trouble.
The night before his surgery we went to Mass and afterward Father anointed him. We were touched by how many people stayed after Mass for the anointing. We were touched by how many people helped us. It was amazing! Our good friends came and got the kids the day of surgery so they would have a distraction and a good dinner. Kari stayed with me at the hospital through surgery and recovery, then drove all the way to our house to bring Lydia to me at the hospital so she could nurse, then took her home again. Many friends brought us dinners and most importantly many more prayed.
In the midst of the surgery week, our parish had vacation Bible school. I wasn't going to send anyone this year with the surgery happening, but we decided it would be a fun distraction for the younger kids and give the older kids a childcare break since I would be at the hospital so much. Even the sweet teachers and director of VBS were especially kind and attentive to help our younger trio through a rough week.