Welcome to the newest update on Israel Hale and his recovery after the loss of both of his legs on September 9th. Almost three months have transpired since that life changing day for Israel and Cori. They reminisce often about the miracle that God did that day and how that accident scene could have been so different. Just an inch over or a leaning down on Israel’s part could have cost him his upper body or more than likely, his entire life. He and Cori continue to see the hand of the Lord in this accident and marvel at him still being here.
Israel continues his road of recovery. It is one of ups and downs, some days dealing with intense nerve spasms and muscle pain. Those days he spends on the couch , trying to cope with the pain through his pain meds and then often drifting to sleep for several hours. Then there are the days like the last few which are good days of progress and the ability to get out of the house thanks to the aid of his ever-present help-meet, Cori. They go to their house and make future plans or head to Anchorage like on Black Friday for sales which they were able to take advantage of by purchasing some much needed accessories for their house! The rest of their days are often filled with chiropractor or doctor appointments along with needed shopping. He has been finding this last week a lot of relief in some chiropractic work being done on his body. He realized that a lot of his nerve pain in his legs resulted from a misaligned back/spine. He has been amazed and thrilled at the results! They are continuing to pursue a doctor who specializes in prosthetics here in our nearby town of Wasilla. They really like his enthusiasm and hopeful outlook for Israel’s walking future and are excited at the possibilities which await them with new legs! He is wearing special legs shrinkers right now to help form his legs down to the size they need to be in order to be fitted for prosthetics in the future. This is a slow process and one he is actively trying to work on right now. The next step will be getting some ” stubbies”, short legs which will adjust him to the feeling of walking again. This will happen sometime in the next two months depending on his continued progress in healing.
We are so thankful as his family to see the attitude Israel continues to have regarding this injury/disability. Though he has his moments where the reality of not being able to do something grips him he overall has a very positive and enthusiastic outlook on his future. He talks often of what kind of work he he could do with his prosthetics and dreams big! He is not unrealistic about his abilities but actively is trying to push himself in order to achieve the goals he feels the Lord would have him pursue. He continues to thank the Lord for his life, changed as it is. He loves his wife and has had to learn a new side of life for him: dependence on someone else for everything. They work very well together and are a joyful couple. Cori comes to the aid of her husband in all kinds of daily needs and patiently tries to lend a hand . There are moments , of course, that the reality of caring for a husband in this state is a hard and long road as many other wives or husbands of amputees can attest to but she says that she turns to the Lord in prayer and He truly gives her more strength for that moment she is dealing with. We serve a kind and loving God who gives us grace and strength for the moment of trial.
The work on Israel and Cori’s house continues, though at a little slower rate . The electrical work is still not done and so there is somewhat of a standstill on insulation, sheetrock, mudding and taping until this is finished. Many kind electricians have helped with this work and Israel and Cori are so thankful for a safe job done on their behind-the-scenes electrical work . Hopefully by our next report the insulation will be in and sheetrock will be on it’s way!
We give the Lord Jesus praise for the healing work He is doing in Israel’s body and life. When we stop and consider that it has only been not even three months since this accident and see the attitude and physical healing which Israel has been experiencing we are truly humbled at God’s goodness to us! His lovingkindness is new every morning, Great is Thy Faithfulness!
Until December 30, The Lord Jesus bless all of you and thank you for your many prayers, notes of encouragement and continued interest in Israel and Cori Hale’s lives. They appreciate each and every one of you and only wish they could thank you personally.