This week has held many blessings, some easier to recognize than others! You will never believe what happened to me this week! It has surely been quite an adventure. On Thursday morning, I slipped on some water in our kitchen and the next thing I knew, my left kneecap dislocated (patellar sublexation), my leg collapsed and I fell hard to the ground, bracing myself with my left arm. Completely straight. It is a blessing that we live so close to our sweet STL's and our senior missionaries for the area, the Bell's. Sister Lappay was so brave! She went for help and they each helped me get comfortable. Elder Bell and the elders in our area gave me a priesthood blessing and it strengthened my testimony of priesthood power, it gave me the comfort I so desperately needed.
When the pain in my arm was so great that it overpowered the pain in my knee, something I have never experienced before, I felt prompted and I knew that we needed to have it checked. So, although it caused many inconveniences for all who helped, and I was so afraid of having nothing wrong and wasting the time and money of the Lord's missionaries, I knew that I needed to trust in Him. We traveled to Tagbilarin and the "best medical care in Bohol", very, very different than anything I have seen in my short life. They took xrays and although we were in the hospital for close to 4 hours, Sister Lappay never complained. She is such a blessing to me! The Orthopaedic Surgeon said that there is good news and bad news... Not a great sign! He said that nothing further was wrong with my knee, and that I have two closed, incomplete, undisplaced fractures in my left elbow, more specifically, my olecranon and my radial head. Not wonderful news, but I am so incredibly grateful to not need surgery. He gave me the choice and I knew that the cast is right for me! And I didn't get to choose the color, but he gave me bright blue! It is my new expensive accessory! Haha :-)
It has been a few days, and I am surely being humbled, but I am grateful to see the Lord's hand in the details of our lives. I am slowly adjusting to life with only my right arm, I am typing this as we speak with only my right hand... and I am grateful to know that it will be temporary. Only a few weeks. We got to go out and teach yesterday and I am so grateful. I am loving missionary work and I am learning everyday!
Have a wonderful week! Trust in the Lord, and have faith in every footstep. He will be guiding us and walking with us! It is up to us to recognize it! I love you all!
Sister Shanna Stanley