On February 6, I went in for Deep Brain Stimulation Surgery. The surgery went great and a week later I was transferred to a rehabilitation hospital for recovery and rehab. Things started well there, but a few weeks in I started noticing I wasn’t feeling well. Over the next few days, and a lot of error by the medical staff, I became really ill and Lori had them call 911. When the paramedics showed up they quickly recognized that I was in Acute Respiratory Distress.
They rushed me via ambulance to the hospital. I remember quoting Psalm 118:17 “I will not die but live, and will proclaim what the Lord has done.” I had incredible peace that the Lord would take care of me, and more importantly, my family.
When we got to the hospital doctors placed me in a medically induced coma. I had Aspiration Pneumonia, which has a survival rate of less than 10%. I’ll have to have Lori write about the next few days because I don’t remember anything. All I know is Lori & my kids were courageous in their faith, Ryan excelled in leading the church, the people of PVC (and around the world) prayed passionately on my behalf, and pastor friends came to Lori’s side. In short, the picture above shows how blessed I am.
One month ago doctors (who did an amazing job) told Lori to get my affairs in order and figure out what she wanted to do with my body. But we have a God of miracles! A God who loves us and cares about the details of our life. It’s been 2 months since i’ve been home, but I’m getting close. I still can’t walk but I’m making tremendous progress. I am a living miracle!
John 10:10 says “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.” Satan tried his best but he didn’t kill me; i’m asking JESUS to give me back everything the evil one stole!
State of the Church – Greg Rohlinger & Ryan Nunez Closing from Palm Valley Church on Vimeo.
This weekend I did one of the hardest things I’ll ever do. With the progression of my disease, and my upcoming surgery, we’re not sure what the future holds. Fortunately, we know who holds it. We’re excited about the Deep Brain Stimulation procedure, and the possibilities it gives us, but there are no guarantees. Whatever happens, we trust the Lord’s heart for us, and we know He will use it for our good.
Lori & i have always held leadership loosely. Leadership is about stewardship. So, this weekend I prepared the the church for the possibility I may not return. Don’t get me wrong, I want to with all my heart to remain as Pastor, but it’s not about me. As the Pastor of Palm Valley Church, it’s my responsibility to ensure the body is cared for, well fed and led to fulfill the mission God has given us. I have to do what’s best for the church, not for me.
I said “good bye” to the church Lori & I founded14 years ago in our home; the church we’ve watched grow & flourish. It’s not our church, it’s His, but it’s our church family. We love the people of Palm Valley Church. They mean the world to us! It was an emotional service as we showed my video, and then went on stage. i held it together pretty well through the weekend, which for me is a miracle. As I rolled off stage last service, I looked back at the crowd and it hit me… this may be the last time I’m on this stage, leading Palm Valley Church. I wept, and worshipped, and took it all in. I have a great peace. I remain confident in this, I will see the goodness of the Lord, while I remain in the land of the living. I’m excited for whatever’s next; and I’m planning my Easter series!
Originally my Deep Brain Stimulation surgery was scheduled to be done in 2 parts. Part 1, to place the probes in my brain, was to be done on Monday, January 27th. Part 2, to place the battery & control unit in my chest & wire it ago the probes in my brain, was to be done on February 6th.
There has been a change in the schedule; one that Lori & I are very excited about. The surgery will now be done all in one day, on Thursday, February 6th. This will also qualify me to be able fir rehabilitative care. So, after i recover from the surgery i will be able to check into a rehab center for one week. They will do physical and speech therapy.
We’re very excited and filled with hope for the potential of this surgery. Our hope is in the Lord and we remain confident in this, that we will see the goodness of the Lord, while we reside in the land of the living. We appreciate yor prayers as we take this next step..