Sunday, March 1, 2015

This week in Burley, I D A H O

This week - Monday, February 23 to Sunday March 1, 2015
February 23 - Monday
Day #4 in the hospital - Post Op Day 3 of surgery for a total hip replacement on Feb. 20 because of fall Feb. 19 after tripping on a curb and falling very hard onto a driveway.
The physical therapist taught Walt how to go and down the stairs...the "good" goes up to heaven; the "bad" goes down below.


He was walked a long distance two times...
The occupational physical therapist taught him how to use some gadgets that he can pull his socks on without bending more that 90 degrees at the waist, elastic shoe laces that you use to just pull your shoes on like slip on shoes, and a long handled shoe tongue to slip your shoes on.
Inhaling to keep the lungs from collapsing.
Dave and Marilyn Gibbons came again to help cheer him up.
Brent and Vicki Peterson--our son-in-law, John's parents--came to visit.  Brent is recuperating from knee surgery done a couple of weeks ago.  We always enjoy being with them.
Time to check those vital signs.
Then  I slipped away for our monthly neighborhood empty-nesters dinner and family home evening.  Ken & Bonnie Fronk were the host and hostess for February.  
They chose to have dinner by candlelight.  It was very romantic for the Valentine month.  I really missed Walt being there.
The menu was pork roast, mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, tossed salad, corn, fruit salad, and rolls.  For dessert was cheese cake topped with cherries and Texas chocolate sheet cake.
I didn't get a photo of the main course, but here's the yummy dessert.  We have very good cooks in our neighborhood.  The assigned pot luck dinners are always delicious! Thanks everyone.

We had a fun program of answering three questions:
1. What is something left on your bucket list?
Some of the answers I can remember were: "Going to New York City; climbing to the base camp of Mt. Everest; going on an Alaska Cruise; taking my wife to Bangkok; going on another mission; finding a companion as sweet as my wife who passed away; going on a mission; going to 50 LDS temples.  (I wrote some of the rest down but can't the list now.)

2 . What is something you would never do?
Never read a talk or an article for a talk; never go on a zip line; never murder anyone; never leave the Church; never...

3. Can't even remember the third question...

Then Bonnie concluded with a story about someone who wanted to go somewhere but the train took them to another destination. The lesson was that life doesn't go exactly as "we" planned it. We should do the best we can with what "the plan" turns out for our life.
Here are the sixteen of us all together.
Front: Don Melling, Dan Black, Gary McCall, Dave and Marilyn Gibbons.
Second row: Bonnie and Ken Hansen, Elaine Anderson, Bonnie Fronk, Jacqueline Gorton, Darrell and MaryAnn Roskelley.
Back row: Ken Fronk, Scott Bloxham, George Gorton.
Same group, except Bonnie took the photo for me to be in this one.
Then I went back to the hospital to see how Walt was and to tell him goodnight.
February 24 - Tuesday
Gene and Diane Hansen came from Paul to see Walt.  
We were told Walt would be leaving for Countryside Care and Rehabilitation in Rupert at 11:00 a.m.   So Walt was all ready to go then.  At 2:30 when they still had not come to get him, the nurse helped him walk around the loop.
Finally at 3:15 the Countryside van arrived.

The gal wheeled him right into the van and hooked the wheelchair in place and off they went the three miles to Rupert.
He was taken to Room 317.
Now the adventure of rehabilitation begins.
Vital signs taken to start his medical chart at Countryside.
Rachel comes to fill out the admission forms.

Then time for us to be together and talk about the day.
After five days in the Intermountain Cassia Regional Medical Center, on Post Op Day #4, begins Day #1 in the Rehabilitation Center.
February 25 - Wednesday
We
Too sleepy to finish tonight.

February 26 - Thursday

February 27 - Friday
Photos taken on my cell phone and I haven't figured out how to
upload them onto my computer.

February 28 - Saturday

March 1, 2015 - Sunday
Hope you have had a peaceful and restful Sabbath Day.
We were taught today at a Satellite Conference by Elder Brent H. Nielson today that we need to bury our weapons of rebellion. He gave his witness that God lives. We can become like Jesus Christ, our Savior and Redeemer. He expressed gratitude for the Healing Power of the Savior.

Elder L. Tom Perry, Apostle, left of with an Apostolic Blessing of the sure promise that the Savior will be with us every hour of the day.

We are thankful for being led by Apostles, Prophets, and Seers, and by Seventies of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
We testify that the Head of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is Jesus Christ, Himself.
    Walter R. Petersen and Eileen A. Petersen

Monday, February 23, 2015

This week in Burley, I D A H O

Week of February 16 to 22...

February 16 - Monday
Presidents' Day...  Still have the Valentine month centerpiece...
Walt riding the exercise bicycle...
A balmy 50 degrees in the middle of February...
 ...The flag flying in the wind on Presidents' Day...
February 17 - Tuesday
Julie sent me flowers with a card that said:
"Thanks for giving birth to me!"
How sweet is that!

February 18 - Wednesday  
.Early this morning LaRae Crane called to say she came down with a bad cold last night and would not be able to go visiting teaching.
I told her I could still do it since we had the appointments all lined up for our sisters.
I made some more valentine cookies to take.
The message was the second in the series of the theme for the year: "The Attributes of Christ."  "Jesus Christ is pure in heart."  We strive to also be pure in heart.  Cindy Young, Bonnie Jean Rose, and Debra Harrell are sweet sisters to visit.
    
February 19 - Thursday
Today...For our Serendipity Book Club I was assigned to give a presentation on our Calling in El Salvador which was from July 20, 2011 to October 31, 2014 as Temple President and Matron of the new San Salvador El Salvador Temple.
Just finished the presentation about our calling in El Salvador.
Karma Lambert, our "hostess with the mostess" is serving refreshments at 9:09 p.m..


Our wonderful Serendipity Book Club President--Linda Petersen.
As we were winding up, Gladis, Terry, Ilene, and Karma offered to help me carry my computer, power point projector, the screen, and my El Salvador souvenirs out to the car.
Then as I was carrying the last item out--the screen--one of the gals came in and said: "Your husband just came, tripped on the curb and has fallen on the driveway."
I went out, and as I leaned over to ask him if he was okay, he said:
"I think I've broken my hip."
   And he was right.
He had driven over in the pickup to load the screen into because he knew it would not fit in the car. He had driven it over earlier in the pickup.   
    Then he and Don Melling had gone to the Burley-Jerome basketball tournament game at the Burley gym.
Now he was just back from the game and had come over to help me get the things back home.
  He would not let Karma call an ambulance.  So four of us gals helped get him to his feet and the four steps over to the passenger side of the pickup.  He could not put any weight onto his right leg.  We slowly got him over and up into the seat.
Then Ilene Mai drove my car to our home (only about 3/4 of a block away.  Gladis Harrison followed and drove Ilene back to Karma's to get her car.
   I dashed into the house to call the E.R. so they would be ready to help get Walt out of the pickup and into the E.R.
Ilene came to the Emergency Room, too. She parked her car, then
came and parked our pick up so I could follow Walt in as they got him on a gurney and carried him in.
The x-ray did show that his right hip was broken.
He had me ask Don Melling and David Gibbons to come and give him a Priesthood blessing.
    We appreciate all who helped us with this emergency.

After Dr. David Otiveros (?sp), the E.R. physician did the initial workup and diagnosis, we asked for Dr. Gilbert Crane to come to admit Walt to the hospital and arrange for surgery the next day.
Walt was admitted to the patient floor at 1:54 a.m.--Room 132.
And settled in...
At 2:30 the nurse said the rest of the paper work could be finished later.  They brought me a recliner so I could be by him that first night.
He was very upset with himself for falling.
Accidents happen so fast!
I asked him how much it was hurting.
"If I keep perfectly still, there is no pain," he replied.
February 20 - Friday
Dr. Crane had our internist, Dr. James Spackman, come to check him in the morning to see if he was okay to have the surgery.
Everything was a go, so at 1:30 they wheeled him out of the room to go to the Operating Room.
Janie, our oldest daughter, arrived from Rexburg just in time to give her Dad a kiss before the surgery.  She also said to him: "Now you be a good boy!"  That gave the O.R. nurses a chuckle.
When they wheeled him back at 5:00, Dr. Crane showed her the x-rays of the total hip replacement.
February 21 - Saturday
Today...  ...this will be finished later.

February 22 - Sunday
Today...


We pray you have had a restful and peaceful Sabbath Day.
The Lord does not prevent accidents, but He does bless us with the miracles of medical advances and highly trained physicians and other that help repair us when we are injured.

We are thankful for the healing power of priesthood blessings and expert medical care when bones are broken.

On examining Walt and his bones, Dr. Crane told Walt that he is a "young 80-year-old."

We are thankful for our family and many, many friends from the United States, El Salvador, Guatemala, Argentina, and Mexico who have sent messages of love and support from the face book posts with photos that Janie has done for us throughout these past three days.

The Lord is in charge and we are thankful for His tender mercies for us.
     We testify of the Goodness of our Heavenly Father, His Son Jesus Christ, and the Holy Ghost to us in this earthy life.
      In the name of Jesus Christ. Amen.  
               Walt and Eileen Petersen - I D A H O 

Sunday, February 15, 2015

February 9 to 14 in Burley, Idaho and Provo, Utah

This week...February 9-14 in Idaho and Utah
      I have finished putting the photos in the Jan. 19-31 post, and the Feb. 1-8 post.

February 9 - Monday
We started the day by having breakfast at "Charlie's"--the best kept secret of "Mom & Pop's" CafĂ©'s in Burley.  We always go there when Julie or Julie & John and their family are in Burley.

Before we left, here's Max guarding Grampa and Rigdon.
Here's who Max is guarding...
Then we let Grampa and Max off at home while Julie got her van lubed at Wal*Mart.  I didn't know that there was a lube place at the northeast side of Wal*Mart.  I asked them how long they'd been there. 
"Fifteen years," the head man said.  
I then asked how long Wal*Mart had been there. 
"Twenty-three of twenty-four years," he replied.
We shopped for some things for the bedrooms, like a bed-side lamp and wastebaskets.  Then we went home for an afternoon rest.

But that little pill, Rigdon, only sleeps about 20 minutes at a time, so Julie didn't get a nap.  She actually has had little sleep during these past five months since Rigdon joined their family on September 4, 2014.
Later that day we bought a few more things for the house, then worked on unpacking the last of the boxes that were shipped home for us from El Salvador.
 Julie answered two of our prayers:
1. My Book of Mormon that I've had for years had not shown up in any of the boxes.  We were down to the last few of the 65 boxes.
2. All the copies of Walt's talks he gave at Stake Conferences and other meetings had not shown up, either.
JULIE FOUND THEM!  
We are so relieved and extremely happy!
Then Julie took down the blue Christmas lights from the front of the house.
Walt helped but couldn't climb up on the step ladder, and with both shoulders being injured he can't reach them above his head.
We so appreciate Julie staying this extra day to help us.
John, Jacee, and Jackson...thanks for sharing her.
And that was our family home evening activity.
   Out of time again tonight. Have to finish this post later.
    I will be working on my power presentation for the program at our Serendipity Study Club for Thursday, Feb. 19.

We hope you have had a nice Valentine's Day, and today have had a peaceful and restful Sabbath Day.

In Gospel Doctrine class today, Sunday, February 15, we were taught about the miracles of Christ.

Our wonderful teacher, Bonnie Fronk, said we each have many miracles each day.  

We acknowledge the many miracles and tender mercies we have had from the Lord each day and are so thankful for each one!

We testify that Jesus is our Savior and Redeemer and because of His Infinite Atonement for each one of us, we look forward to the greatest miracle of all: The surety of the resurrection and being able to be with our families for Eternity.  
    Our resurrection has been paid for by the Savior. We will each receive that miracle.
    Our exaltation depends on how we live our life.
    We repent daily of our wrong doings and pray we will live to be able to be together forever.

Of this we testify, in the Name of Jesus Christ. Amen.
Walt and Eileen Petersen
     May you have a great week coming.