For those of you who subscribe to my newsletter, I recently told you about my husband’s back/neck injury and wanted to give a quick update that he did have surgery yesterday. The doctor really made an amazing call. He knew from a previous MRI that Aaron had bone spurs inside the vertebrae pressing on the spinal cord in one particular spot. But he also had some loss of his arm muscle which was specific to another area of the vertebrae. So the doctor ordered a myelinated CAT scan to see if there was something else he needed to repair during surgery.
The CAT scan didn’t reveal any additional damage so they scheduled him for the removal of bone spurs and consequently removal of that disc and fusion of those vertebrae.
However right before surgery the doctor came in, sat on the edge of the bed and said, “I’m not comfortable yet. There has got to be something else going on causing the loss of the use of that arm. We’re going to do another MRI.” That test revealed a herniated disc in the next set of vertebrae below the one he was already going to operate on. After surgery, in fact, the doctor (he’s in his 60’s) said in all his years of surgery, he had never seen a disc bulging out so far, and was confident that was the main culprit of most of his pain. Of course he had to fuse that set too.
Praising the Lord for intuition, His great mercy, and incredible technology that allows our brokenness to be repaired! Another praise is that we were concerned that Aaron would lose some range of motion in his neck. Concerned, because he has an eye disease that is deteriorating his peripheral vision and he depends on his neck to overcompensate while driving. We were especially concerned to find out there would be 2 fusions. But the doctor told us he wouldn’t notice any loss of range. We are so, so grateful for that!
And let me just say…
to those of you who came shopping in my Etsy shop to help us along in this time of unemployment–I cannot thank you enough! I was literally swamped with orders the next few days (I’ve worked constantly to get them out to you, so if you’re still waiting on your order, it will be there in the next day or two I PROMISE!) There is still time to order if you did not receive my newsletter and are just learning about my new shop. I am taking orders until the 15th! (Here’s the link.)
The Lord has been so very faithful to us and I’m so glad to belong to His Body. He has answered above and beyond what we hope or imagine.
You probably notice I don’t blog very often these days. Life is busy like yours, and I am a full time mother and wife and (currently) business owner. But I wanted to drop in and share a bit with you because this place is so special to me. YOU are special to me. I can’t tell you how many deep and wonderful friendships I’ve made through this blog over the years that are priceless to me!
I pray your Christmas is a wonderful time of reflecting on the unfathomable depth of God’s mercies–the flesh-wrapped gift that changed the world forever. Read Why I Love Christmas if you are pondering the question of whether or not to celebrate and care to read my opinion.
Merry Christmas from my family to yours. Praying for all of you, even as I write this, that God would show Himself mighty in your lives, where you are hurting or needing Him the most.