Nelson Recovering Nicely Following Transplant

CHICAGO, IL (March 7, 2011) – Less than three weeks after receiving a kidney transplant, avoiding work is one of the most difficult aspects of Jerome Nelson’s recovery, says the superintendent of the Central Conference of the Evangelical Covenant Church.

“I’m not even checking my email,” says Nelson, laughing. “It’s a great temptation, but I’m trying to honor what the doctor tells me.”

The self-described workaholic has been getting a lot of help from the conference staff, he says. “They won’t talk to me.”

Such disciplined behavior is made more difficult because of the conference’s 125th Annual Meeting scheduled for April 29-30. Nelson plans to attend the gathering, which will be at North Park Covenant Church in Chicago.

Doctors have told Nelson he needs to stay away from doing any work for at least six weeks following the surgery. His recovery remains on schedule.

“I’m doing really well,” Nelson says. “Everything is working as it should. I’m getting stronger every day.”

Nelson wasn’t sure until a week before his surgery whether he would qualify for the transplant. He was cleared for the operation, and a donor became available.

Nelson says he is grateful for all of the prayers from Covenanters around the world.

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  1. Jerome, we are so glad to hear that you are following doctors’ orders and recovering well. Continue to recover and blessings on your mate who is taking such great care of you.

  2. Jerome and JoAnn, we am so thankful Jerome that your work on earth is not done. We are also so thankful that you have JoAnn as your life companion to support all that you must continue to do. Enjoy this season of recovering knowing how much each day of life is a gift in itself. We continue to pray for your complete healing and for your strength to be renewed. In anticipation of miracles, Catherine and Deric Gilliard

  3. Dear Jerome: how wonderful to hear that you are recovering and that you are following your physician’s orders and taking care of yourself! You are a blessing and a friend, please take your time and continue to take it slow and easy until you are ready to return to us. The Lord bless you and keep you…

  4. Jerome, my Bishop and my brother, glad to hear of your recovery. I miss you…we all miss you and continue to pray for a complete healing! Looking forward to when we can be together!
    Meanwhile, blessings on you!

  5. Jerome – we praise the Lord for your surgery, your donor, and your recovery! Please continue to listen to the doctor. We long to have you back healthy! We believe God has much more work for you and us – but the most important work you have right now is to heal! Blessings Brother!

  6. So glad to hear that your recovery is progressing nicely and you’re following doctor’s orders. From personal experience, I know complete recovery takes time. May the Lord continue to bless you and keep you in His tender, loving care. Praise God for new mercies everyday!

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