It has been a while since my last post. I think I may have a good reason. Just days after my last post in November, Marist High School celebrated 55 years of teaching and coaching by Mr. Ed Hummel. I was asked to attend and offer a blessing for Ed and arrived in time to share in the reception before the awards ceremony.
After the reception all were ushered into the gym for the ceremony and I went to the area where many of us were to be seated. As I stepped up to the second row of the bleachers I realized I had not pushed hard enough to remain erect and began falling backward, so fast that I could not act. Needless to say I landed square on my back. Unfortunately for me, my back is not designed to land squarely on it and the T11 vertebrae snapped in two. Fortunately for me the spine did not shift.
To make a long story short, I was whisked off to Sacred Heart River Bend, examined and admitted with a broken back. A week after my arrival there I was transferred to a rehab center for another two weeks or so, then returned home to recuperate. During all this time I experienced significant pain which has been slowly subsiding and have had to wear a body brace to protect my back while it is healing. I will possibly be freed from my brace by mid-February and then should be able to resume a normal life.
There are two things that stand out from this experience: I was surely blessed that the break did not make me a paraplegic and I attribute both that and my rapid recovery to the prayerful support I received from the wider community. I also am very thankful for the wonderful work of the Eugene Fire EMT's, Sacred Hear Medical staff, and the caring I received at the hands of so many good people at Avamere of Eugene.
As we approach the holy season of Lent, may we all learn to bear our crosses and learn from them the loving mercy God has called us to enjoy and the loving mercy we are called to share with one another. Thank you for helping me bear mine.
PS: BTW - as I was otherwise occupied during December and early January, I hope you had a most blessed Christmas and celebration of the New Year!!
Western Dominican Province Province of the Most Holy Name of Jesus Dominican Friars