72 hours post surgery

Still in a narcotic haze and so I don’t feel like I can adequately write about the last three days yet. 

Three things I know:

1.  There is some grand life analogy that I will figure out someday about my relationship with breathing tubes.  As for this moment, I hate them and they terrify me.

2.  Having Camilla with me 24-7 at the hospital has made all the difference.  Thanks for the countless hands that have enabled this blessing.  And thanks to Camilla for facing every part of this with me.  Friday night and Saturday morning she shared with me some of her experiences during those first 24 hours.  

3.  The outpouring of faith on my family’s behalf has been surreal.  So many people from many different faiths sent notes to let me know they were exercising their faith.  Little kids decided to fast for me in addition to their prayers.  While these first three days have been harder than expected, we have felt immense hope and patience and strength.


Here’s a short video.  The speech slur is temporary.  ​​​

Speech slur is temporary and I am actually ahead of schedule.   


6 thoughts on “72 hours post surgery”

  1. You look great, Jarem! Been thinking of you and praying your surgery went well. Glad to hear you’re recovering nicely and will continue to pray for your speedy recovery. Here’s a quote I like by Eleanor Roosevelt:

    You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself, ‘I lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along.’

    I’m sure this has been one heck of a scary journey BUT you’ve made it past this initial horror and will be able to conquer anything else that comes your way. Stay tough!


  2. What an incredible inspiration you are to everyone who knows you. I am proud to be your friend and can’t even imagine how proud your kids must be to call you Dad. You certainly have had a positive impact on so many. Gods speed to a quick recovery.


  3. Speech slur? I didn’t notice! Jk;) welcome to the “speech impediment” club- although I have a feeling you won’t be in it long


  4. I loved reading your blog- now I can be more specific in my prayers! I know your parents must be so proud of the man you have become. This is a journey and there are so many people who love you and support you and your family. We offer our support through prayers from the Sage Creek ward in St George. You are a great example to so many! May the Lord bless you through this experience- Hugs from the Hansen’s.


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