I am writing this with my leg propped up straight, and since it can’t really go under the desk properly, I am a bit twisted round and hence rather uncomfortable! Since my operation two weeks ago today, which removed significant amounts of cartilage from my right knee, I have been painfully aware of our bodies’ inadequacies. I haven’t been able to do much. I couldn’t walk. I couldn’t sit in a chair. At first I couldn’t even sit up in bed. I have been off work, and unable to type for long periods at a time. I haven’t even attended church, and left the house for the first time yesterday (apart from trips back to the hospital). I don’t say all this to make you feel sorry for me, but as an opportunity for me to thank the people around me who have meant that life has gone on as normal.
The most important person to thank specifically is, of course, my lovely wife. She has had to care for our five children, look after me, cook, and clean. She has had to do all that joyfully on hardly any sleep since little George Warnock hasn’t learnt how to sleep through the night yet. What can I say apart from thank you and that I love you? You light up my world and make life worth living. Thanks for being such a lovely wife and a great mother for my children.
The second person I want to thank is my editorial assistant. Annette has been tirelessly publishing the posts I had written in advance of my operation each day and tidying up the odd thing that I have managed to quickly type from time to time. As always her work in formatting and checking my writing for typos and grammar errors does not go unnoticed or unthanked by me. She has not seen this post, and would probably be embarrassed by it so don’t blame her for any errors in it. She does now have a few spare hours per week, so if anyone out there is interested in employing her as either a remote transcriptionist or editor, then drop me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will pass it on to her.
The good news is that my knee is now starting to heal, so I expect life will gradually return to normal over the next few days. It seems the operation was a success, and that I can expect almost full function in the knee within another four weeks. I am very grateful to God, as I know that others are not as fortunate. This kind of experience makes me glad for my health and glad for my life. God has been very good to me. As my pastor, Tope Koleoso, likes to say, “We have a lot to be grateful for!”