It’s was finally here – it took one day shy of six weeks and the big day of the homecoming; homestead style had arrived. I got to come home from the hospital where I had been serving time for a stroke I had back on July 16th. Serving time sounds like prison, but no, I very much am so appreciative of all those who cared and helped me get back on my feet. Forever I will be grateful for that.
A Homecoming; Emotions
I can honestly say, my emotions were flying as high as a kite preparing for leaving the hospital and getting ready for a homecoming; homestead style.
It was a bitter-sweet day for me. If I could just get past the “goodbyes” with all the forever friends I made at the hospital things would start looking up. However, in the final minutes, as we awaited dismissal, Lisa and my sister-in-law Sue were about to experience a gift from God that nearly overwhelmed us on the spot. And our emotions took over.
I was expecting an out of the pocket charge for the medicines that the hospital was sending home for me; I don’t have prescription coverage on my health insurance. So I sent Lisa and Sue over to the pharmacy to pick them up. My excitement was rising and I was going to be home soon and all was going well and smooth for my Homecoming: Homestead style.
When Lisa and her sister arrived with no medication is hand I thought it was a little strange. As time went on Lisa started to cry and gave me the news she was not able to pick up the meds because of the cost. I reassured her that God is on our side and that He would work this out like He does every time for us.
We did some finagling with the Dr. and got some of the scripts taken off. and our WONDERFUL Social Worker Brenda went to bat for us and we ended up paying ZERO for the meds for this month. What a blessing, talk about emotions flying high. We all cried.
A Homecoming; The Drive Home
I felt like I was free, I had been inside for so long I had forgotten about the colors outside. Everything was so beautiful, the greens on the trees and the blue sky was gorgeous. It looked like trees and bushes had grown 5 feet
since I’d seen them last. I just sat quietly on the ride home taking in all the beauty. I will never take God’s beautiful handiwork for granted again.
Homecoming; Homestead Style
I had prepared myself early that morning for my homecoming with my dogs, I put on long pants so they could feel free to jump up on me and so I wouldn’t get scratched by their paws. It was all I had dreamed about for so many weeks, spending time with my three dogs and reacquainting ourselves. Their tails were wagging and they were smiling from ear to ear. I was so happy, to say the least.
My homestead was beautifully groomed, thank you, Frank, my neighbor took good care of my lawn while I was gone. And the ramp that Lisa had ordered was great. I can run my wheel chair up and down it and not be fearful. And I am beginning to even walk up and down it with help from my Hemi Walker and my friends.
I am so happy to be home. I do continue with my PT (Physical Therapy) and my OT (Occupational Therapy) twice a week. I’m doing great with the homework of exercises they are giving me. Sue, Lisa’s sister is in charge of helping me do the exercises every day.
I have had some falls since I’ve been home, my Physical Therapist Hunter was not real happy about that. I got a little
chewing over it this week, I know now I have to ask for help and not be so independent. It’s going to take time and I have to be patient. But overall I am working hard to get my brain to spark the different areas of my body so sometime soon I will be able to do more around the homestead.
Homecoming; Homestead Style Conclusion
You know I really wish this would not have happened to me, but I have learned so much and met so many people that have impacted my life in a big way. I think I will just take what I have and be grateful that things didn’t turn out worse than they did. I’m eager to learn more and excited to see the accomplishments that come my way.
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John & Lisa Over The Hill Homesteaders in the beautiful Ozark Mountains in Southwest Missouri