Thursday afternoon Sandra had a follow up with her doctor. Just to remind you that the purpose of the surgery was to reduce some of the pain Sandra was having. Already less than a week later her pain is less than before surgery. Her upper back and shoulders are feeling very good, constant bruising she was having is gone and the stiffness of feeling like a "block of ice" is much less as well. Her incision is healing amazingly well, all 24 staples have been removed much earlier then normal. For all of this we are thankful, as hard as it is to see her not able to walk it is much harder to see her in constant pain.
The other bonus of the surgery beyond pain relief is the decompression of the spinal cord. What this means to Sandra recovering function only time will tell, as her surgeon said "it is up to the man up stairs "
New recovery that Sandra has had is goosebumps and sweating below her level of injury, what this means we aren't sure but we do know that it wasn't there before surgery so you have to think it is a positive sign. Sandra got back to physio (light duty) today and she is reenergized and eager to maximise her return.
A few prayer requests
1) continued healing and recovery of function
2) things to go smoothly as I go back to work next week
We thank you for all your thoughts and prayers,
Do you see what this means—all these pioneers who blazed the way, all these veterans cheering us on? It means we'd better get on with it. Strip down, start running—and never quit! No extra spiritual fat, no parasitic sins. Keep your eyes on Jesus, who both began and finished this race we're in. Study how he did it. Because he never lost sight of where he was headed—that exhilarating finish in and with God—he could put up with anything along the way: Cross, shame, whatever. And now he's there, in the place of honor, right alongside God. When you find yourselves flagging in your faith, go over that story again, item by item, that long litany of hostility he plowed through. That will shoot adrenaline into your souls!