When remembering 17 years ago today (September 2) my mind goes back to a very tragic day . Our son-in-law, Chip, was caught in a gas explosion and had 85 per cent of his body burned. 65 per cent of this was 3rd degree burns. The doctors told us that someone burned that badly would not live. Chip did live. However he was on the critical list for weeks. Shortly after his accident they began surgeries - about one or two a week. They harvested his skin and grew new skin for skin grafting. He had 53 surgeries in all. Both of his ears were burned beyond repair. He was fit with artificial ears which look very real. He has no hair. (He is right in style!) He was in the hospital for ten and half months. He has no sweat glands so the hot weather is troubling for him. In all that time I never heard him complain even though he was miserable a lot of time. He kept his sense of humor. Our daughter stayed close as well as his family and friends. The doctor said the support and love he got from his wife and family helped a great deal in his recovery. They had a year and a half old son who would spend time with him too.
You might ask what did we learn through this experience? There was a verse from the Bible that would come to my mind "Be still and know that He is God." When we see our loved ones going through trials like this there just is no where else to go but to our God. It humbles you so - you just have no control over what is happening. You just have to trust God that no matter how it turns out - God is good and God is in control.
We are so thankful for a healthy son-in-law even though somethings will never be as they were. Our pastor, at the time, told Patty that someday they would have "a new normal" and he was right. God is good!!