Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Surgery Update

From Karen:
Devon had surgery on Monday, June 25th.  Dwain and I were able to be there with him.  Everything went well.  The doctor said he operated about 1 hour 50 minutes.  One meniscus he couldn't repair; he just had to trim it.  The other he could put a couple of stitches in it and it should heal.

He was a little groggy, but it was so nice to be able to talk with him.  We had a great time together visiting.  He was awake most of the time.  He was able to pass the sacrament to the new mission presidents the day before.  President Monson was there, as well as many apostles. Thirteen of the Fifteen were there.  He said it was a great experience and you could really feel the Spirit.  President Monson spoke.  He'll have to relate what he said and the stories he told.  We were glad that he was given that opportunity and it worked out that he was able to.

The pain got bad and he had to get some morphine.  His pain tolerance is high.  He didn't take anything for his knee before the operation and was walking around on it.  Is oxygen level kept going low because of the morphine and the anesthesia.  He finally stabilized and they sent him back to the MTC.  It was hard saying good bye to him, although not as hard as the last time.  I was a little nervous about Devon (Elder Kinghorn) giving himself pain meds that night and of trusting a bunch on nineteen year olds to take care of him.  I just had to trust the Lord and that he'd watch over him take care of him.  Of course He did.

His room is on the top floor, with no elevator.  I suppose he's getting a very strong upper torso.  His district is helping out.  He says he couldn't ask for a better district.

He started physical therapy on Friday.  He worked for a physical therapist for quite a while as an aide.  He knows the importance of it and doing all of the excersises.  He says he'll work very hard so that he can get out to Germany.