Going home

Back to going home tomorrow. They were going to discharge me Wednesday morning at 10, without any PT or OT that day. What’s the point of just staying one more night? Christy is picking me up after work tomorrow evening, so tomorrow is my last day of PT/OT and I’m out of here. My feet are still incredibly numb but other areas have improved slightly to moderately (feeling in waist, across groin, bladder, butt, face, hands, arms, etc.).

I have become an intellectual expert at walking. I can tell you much of what it involves and have committed many walking principles to memory to avoid falling. Still, I can walk effectively only with a walker at this point. I know walking, but I no longer know it as I did just two weeks ago.  

Before going home tomorrow, my bathroom will have handrails installed, along with more in the landing of our home. I am going  home to a pretty different kind of life than I have led before, and I want all of you to know and expect this. Yet I am grateful for all I have learned and experienced. I have totally loved my room-mate, John, who had a hip replacement and is trying to recover in time to walk his only daughter down the aisle soon when she gets married. I have had amazing conversations with chaplains, nurses, doctors, PT’s and OT,’s, and so many others. I have felt loved, served, and cared for. Finally, in case you weren’t aware, I have received easily some of the best care available in the United States for people with MS. My doctor, Dr. Ronald Taylor, is one of America’s preeminent authorities on MS and its treatment, and as I write this note, his office door is ten feet down the hall. He runs this rehab unit, which is the largest hospital rehab unit in the country and is top notch.

My next step is going home and learning to live a new life, which includes figuring out what to expect of myself as a pastor, instructor, and counselor and if indeed I can even remain fully engaged in all of these roles. I humbly ask for your continued prayers, encouragement, support (in whatever way you can give it), love, and mostly patience. One thing I know is that you will be integral in my healing, and already have been. Thank you.

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  • Glad to see you got to go home.

  • Kay

    thanks for being so transparent….helps to know how to more specifically pray for you!!!

    • Thanks for your years of beautiful cyber and true friendship!

  • You’re an inspiration, Dave! May God bless you. You’re in my prayers.

  • Joanna

    Wow. Again. Wow. I suppose it is one thing in theory to have known that MS would lead to something like this at some time. But a whole different thing to experience it every hour. Both for you and each of your family members. Shalom friend. May you feel strong arms lifting you up.

    • Yes, it remains theoretical until it is actual. But 22 years of theoretical prep is something I am grateful for!

  • Anonymous

    However you are when you come home, remember you are where you are suppose to be at this station in your life. Walk tall, head up with or without assistance, either way you are still David Flowers, a son, brother, husband to Christy, father to Brittany, Kyra, Anna, pastor, counselor, teacher, and friend. You will remain a constant in all of our lives, love and prayers to you and your beautiful family.

  • Ruth

    There’s no place like home :).
    Glad you’ve had such good care where you’ve been.
    When peace like a river attendeth my way… praying that all will be well and trusting that it already is.

  • Anonymous

    I will continue to pray. I’m glad you were able to get excellent care, so happy you are coming home though as I’m sure you, your family and many others are too!

  • Ami Atkins Cwynar

    Thoughts and prayers for you and your family.

    • Thanks for reading and responding, Ami. These little contacts me a lot to me. I really appreciate knowing that people care.

  • Joanie Williams

    You will be fine, the Lord is with you and will strengthen you, and assist you in all you need to do for him! In our weakness, his strength is more evident. Prayers will continue! God bless!