Taking it Down a Notch

Yesterday was far from the action packed Wednesday we had. I stayed pretty much confined to the bed with everyone getting a little bit jumpy if I got near the edge! Thankfully, I think the most exciting thing that happened to me yesterday was having a couple of flashbacks from when I hit the ground the day before. They were not pleasant, but I feel like that says more about how traumatic that fall was than anything — it has literally given me flashbacks! Haha. My sister LeeAnne slept in my room with me Wednesday night in case I needed a hand with anything and we hung out most of the day on Thursday as well.

LeeAnne has been incredible throughout this whole ordeal and yesterday ended up being a great day due to her generosity. She kept me company while I was confined to bed rest. She helped me with anything and everything I needed on a day where I was basically useless. She also orchestrated getting my sheets and clothes changed and getting me somewhat cleaned up (as cleaned up as you can be without a real shower anyway!). Despite the throbbing pain reverberating its way through my system, I felt like a new man! She honestly did more for me than I wanted to ask of her! LeeAnne has been a true blessing, and once again proves how lucky I am to be surrounded by such a loving family while facing all of this!

Unfortunately my leg is still bleeding from the fall, even this morning. I talked with Dr. Rapp on the phone yesterday and told him this, and he said just keep doing what we’re doing and he’ll take a look at it on Friday when we have an appointment to see him. I didn’t take my blood thinning medicine yesterday in hopes of it clotting, but that didn’t really make a difference in just one day.
*** 11:00 Friday morning — We just changed my bandages and it seems like the bleeding has actually picked up since yesterday. Hopefully we’ll get it straightened out today. ***

JWT's new office space

In case you didn’t know, I work in advertising, at JWT Atlanta, and yesterday I received a package from my office. It contained some iTunes gift cards and a new iPod Touch! But the part that blew both me and my family away is what was on the iPod. There was a note on the the iPod case that said to look at the video they had loaded. The video showed footage of the new office that we moved into on the 11th and 12th floors of the Ritz Carlton Residences (Right next to Mema and Joan’s church, Wieuca Road Baptist), as well as personal messages from a lot of my coworkers. It was incredibly thoughtful! I honestly can’t wait to get back and see the new space, and also get back to work. The sooner I’m working, the sooner it means I’m done dealing with all of this stuff, so believe me, that is a very welcome day!!! I can’t say enough about the support I have received from JWT during all of this. They were fully supportive of me getting the best care possible and have stayed in touch throughout the entire process, sending me encouraging notes and telling me that I was in their thoughts and prayers. It really says a lot about the company and makes me feel truly lucky that I ended up exactly where I did after finishing school.

Thanks everybody!!!!

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8 Responses to Taking it Down a Notch

  1. peggy redfern says:

    LeeAnne is so awesome!

    I’ve also been impressed with JWT’s loyalty and support. It speaks so highly of the agency. Not many agencies are like that! The new space looks great. I’m sure that package gave you a lift and the assurance that your job will be waiting for you.
    What a blessing.

  2. Maria Garza-Lennon says:

    Hey, Rob. I am so sorry you’re going through so much pain. I cringed reading your last two postings — I can’t even imagine (and don’t want to imagine) the extent of the hurt. God bless you .

    I also wanted to draw your attention to the latest Time Magazine, dated March 7. The cover article is on Understanding Pain and, interestingly, there is a section on healing phantom pain. Check it out. If for some reason you can’t get the magazine at the newstand anymore, let me know and I’ll send you my copy.

    I really hope you start to feel better soon. Have a good weekend.

  3. penny redfern says:

    Hey Rob,
    Just caught up on all your progress and it’s never a dull moment! Thanks for sharing so many details, your heart comes shining through every word.
    By the way, that was really smart the way you called your dad when he couldn’t hear you from the other room! Best use of cell phone, ever. Hope your pain subsides soon.
    Much love,

  4. Kyna Schadler says:

    Glad everything is going well for you, but sorry about your terrible fall. You’re still in my prayers and hopeing you get back home soon. God bless ya!!

  5. jarret wade says:

    My girlfriend found your blog and referred it to me. I was diagnosed with the big “c” this last December. I sat here and read each of your entries, and I’m so thankful that God has blessed me with a story I can relate to. Praise God for your perspective, I’ll be praying for you and would be honored if you would keep up with my progress on my blog.

    A new brother,

    Jarret Wade

  6. Patton says:

    Looking forward to you getting back here! Hate that you had that setback, but with an attitude like yours not much can truly stand in your way. Get well!

  7. Eric Hyman says:

    Rob glad to hear you are doing so well. RE the video a bunch of people here made, I rambled a bit too long on it when they got to me so they had to cut out most of what I said. But what I wanted to say was that it is now 5 months since my 5-way heart bypass surgery and I am swimming today faster than I ever did prior my surgery. Still feels a bit weird, I’m conscious that there is something different. But all in all, life has gotten sort of back to normal. And I am sure you’ll find the same sort of thing too a few months from now. It might not be the same normal, but it will be a new and better one. At least that has been my experience. Anyway, looking forward to meeting you in person when you get back here to the new JWT digs. See you soon. Eric Hyman

  8. scott says:

    hey Rob – I found your blog on the network. Great blog, very cool of your sister to be there all night and day.

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