1f1897bIt’s April 1st and for a brief moment I thought it might not be a good day to post a blog update. As much as I like a good practical joke I have decided to write and post anyway. I’m not even going to change the names to protect the innocent…this is my story and I’m sticking to it!

 

way to go girl!

As most of you know, Heidi came home from the nursing home on New Year’s Eve night. Her first month home was very difficult. There’s just no easy way for the body to heal from the impact that happened to her. I’m so proud of her because she has been a great patient and compliant with all of her PT and other directions from her surgeon. Way to go girl!

Heidi has recently begun to put full weight on her left leg. A good day for her is getting around without a crutch or cane. Again, I’m very proud of how hard she’s been working to rehab. On the other hand, I entered into a dark depression in January that lasted several weeks. You would think that having your wife home would be a very positive thing, and it was, but I guess it took awhile for the full impact (no pun intended) of the accident to affect me. Fortunately, I’m in a better place now, but the looming cloud of sadness and depression can show up without warning. For those of you who struggle with depression, I feel your pain, and it can get better. Find a good doctor and stay positive!

Megan’s shoulder seems to be responding a little to P.T. but it still bothers her. She had an MRI last week and the results were helpful in a course of treatment for her to get better, hopefully soon.

We are grateful for the assistance that we receive from many sources, including numerous people and churches who have reached out to us in generous ways. We have heard from people we don’t know, and this very comforting.

the job search has begun…

I have officially started a new job search. I have not worked since the accident because I had to be available to my family and manage so many things at home. Then I was caring for Heidi 24-7. Now I’m freed up to explore a new career as Heidi becomes more independent in her recovery.

Wow, the market has really changed since I had to “find” a job. I have been fortunate to know people over the years who were aware of my skills and most of my jobs happened through those relationships. Now I’m in a new town and the process is quite different. If you know of a company that is looking for a great employee please pass my name to them. I’m easy to find on LinkedIn.com and I’m connected to the main job recruiting sites too.

We are set to close on our house in Beaver Dam this month. This has been such a burden — nearly 2 years on the market and only 2 offers in that time. We decided to take the 2nd offer, after lowering our price to the absolute bottom dollar, and get rid of the property without having to give the keys to the bank. So, I guess that’s good, but now we know what it feels like to lose all of our equity that has been built up for many years.

This has definately been an interesting and complicated journey for our entire family. We are at the point where we see that we’re starting over in many ways. Some people don’t have that opportunity, so we don’t take it for granted. We are entering a new chapter…we’re starting over, and that’s no April fool’s joke.

Thanks for your continued prayers and support as we get back on track and continue healing.

~B

10 thoughts on “Starting Over

  1. Way to go, Heidi! Sounds like things are really turning the corner around there. Yea God!! Am We’re continuing to pray for all of you. May God direct your job hunt & your interviews, Brian. Blessings to all!

  2. Thanks for the update, Brian. So thankful for the progress that has been made by everyone! We are keeping you in our prayers.

  3. Hi Brian,
    Thanks for sharing with us. I was wondering what had happen to you and Heidi. I am so thankful that things are getting better in her rehab and that you now are looking for a job. Sorry to hear that you were depressed, but can understand what you were going through. Our daughter is living with us, she is 47 and was very depressed because of some pain medication she got hooked on. It has taken a long time for her to get better, but thank the Lord she is recovering and moving forward.

    We continue to pray for you and wish you the very best in finding a job and getting back on your feet.

    Larry & Betty

  4. Continually praying for all of you, for healing, house, and job. So often I think of what God tells us, that he works all things for good for those who love him. It’s hard for us to understand how the last 6 months have been good for any of you, but our ways are not his ways. He thinks and knows way into the future, beyond what we can even imagine. He prepares us for his plans, not our plans. What does he plan to do with all that has happened? Time will tell.

  5. Thanks for the update, We are thankful for how our awesome God is providing and we are trusting Him to meet your every need.

    Praying always. Love you. Mom & Dad

    P.S. Love my Apple 🙂

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