My friend Steve writes:
I feel bad that I haven't kept you in the loop, but I've had so much on my mind, that I haven't been online much. Kellee had her hip replacement surgery on Oct 13th. This was her 15th surgery on the hip and we finally had got a new one! When she was 9, she broke the hips in a gymnastics class and had 14 surgeries on the hip between the age of 9 and 11. For 30 years she has been in pain. Now we're already seeing signs of less pain and better movement. She is recovering well as each day passes. She can now get in and out of bed by herself and even though she is still using the walker, she continues to get stronger each passing hour. We have been blessed to have friends, sister's and anyone available to come help when I'm not home to assist in any way possible. She should be using the walker for another week or so and then we hope to move to a cane. Total recovery is 6 weeks. I can't believe how after 30 years of wear and tear on these hips, the surgeon was able to do this in under 2 hours and tell me that she was fine and will recover nicely.I thought that Master Sommelier's are special and neat to look up to and admire, but surgeons change people's life and make things better for years to come. Keep her in your prayers and I'll keep you updated as her healing progresses.Steve has been training as a Master Sommelier. He has a great love of wine and sharing that knowledge. May Kellee's new hip give her freedom and ease from pain.
For the Diocese of San Joaquin that just held its convention and moves forward with challenges.
For Mark (Марко Фризия), who is recuperating and grieving at the same time. He has finally been able to put up a couple of new posts.
For the repose of Fr. Ed Hinds of Chatham, NJ. (Elizabeth writes of him here and Mimi has an update here.)
For Roseann, for Myron, for Mother Sandra, for Frank.
And for all the others we have been remembering (the list goes one and on).