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Baby, I'm Back!

In the words of the immortal Frank Constanza, "I worked out with a dumbbell yesterday and I feel vigorous!"

Well, I'm not quite up to working out with a dumbbell yet, but I am at home, getting some rest.  I do feel much better than I did on Sunday, when I first arrived home.  I still have a ways to go.

The docs told me I am making a "remarkable recovery," but I am anemic (from the cause of this malady, a serious GI bleed, followed by surgery).  And for the first time in my adult life, I am indeed going to take it easy for a week or two. 

The great news is the original problem (a polyp-turned tumor) is long gone, the surgery went very well, and the prognosis is very good.  Whatever was growing in there is there no longer.  I am very, very, thankful.

It was an odd week.  I took ill Sunday, right after preaching.  I was bleeding badly, placed on a liquid diet, and grew weaker by the day.  I had two rounds with Go-Litely--anyone ever had to drink this gallon of badly misnamed sheer misery?  Then surgery on Thursday morning, before coming home. 

Nevertheless, it was a great week for the Riddlebargers.  We experienced God's mercy in very tangible ways.  We enjoyed some great family times, and talked about important things that families need to talk about.  I watched my sons deal with serious issues like solid Christian men.  And we were able to share the gospel with some of the health care people.

While I wouldn't wish this particular malady on anyone, it was wonderful to witness first-hand all things working together for good!  It was something to preach through Psalm 23, only to walk through the valley a short time later.  I am learning to fear no evil, for the good shepherd was with me every step of the way.

Thank you all so much for your prayers and well-wishes.  Greatly appreciated!

Reader Comments (9)

Dr. Riddlebarger- so thankful you are home and resting! We will continue to pray for you and your family. God is good.
The DeBie family (longtime White Horse Inn/Mod Ref fans :) )
June 5, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAnne DeBie
Great to hear, Kim! Will continue praying
June 5, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterBrian Davilla
So glad to hear the good news. My wife and I have been praying for your procedure and recovery. Will continue to pray for a full recovery.

And to your question, yes I had to drink the (was it only one gallon?) Go-Litely prior to having my first colonoscopy a couple years ago. I sympathize.

Get better. Convalesce. God speed.
June 5, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterDoug
Thanks for the update, Kim. It's very good to hear you are on the mend.
June 5, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterBrian Bywaters
Hey Kim,

So glad to see your post. I stole your Constanza quote for my facebook status update! Made me laugh :) I pray for your speedy recovery and lots of rest. Glad to hear you and your family are doing well.

Thank you for all you do. For the gospel, our modern reformation, and for your continued leadership and pastoral heart.

Take it easy,

Chris Jager
Tillamook, OR
June 5, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterChris Jager
"I had two rounds with Go-Litely--anyone ever had to drink this gallon of badly misnamed sheer misery? "

The foul Kool-Aid? Oh, yes. Oh, yes. Dave Barry's description of the event is accurate.

Good to hear the news.
June 5, 2012 | Unregistered Commenter"lee n. field"
The hospital staff where I live call "Go-Litely" "Go-Lottly", as in "a lot."
June 5, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMark James
Praise God!

Get your rest. Eat your fruits and veggies!

June 6, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLloyd I. Cadle
Glad to hear you came through it all.

Praise God.
June 6, 2012 | Unregistered Commentermatt

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