Well it’s been six weeks since my surgery. Over all everything has gone well. I've been able to get back into physiotherapy, and my therapist(s) have been happy with my progress. Much of my pain has been diminishing, although two weeks ago I started to get some aches and discomfort again. Similar to what I was having before but when I would transfer or move in a certain way I get a real sharp pain to the point of tears. Mike and I started to get a little concerned along with my therapist’s and they encouraged me to contact Dr. Chow.I called his office on the 25th and although he was on holidays he’s nurse contacted him and he said that he would be back in the city on the 1st and would like to see me. God continues to show his blessing on my life.
So I went int to see Dr. Chow on the 1st. He explained that during surgery he has to cut the muscle to get at the spine. He then has to stitch that muscle back together. These stitches take 4-6 weeks to dissolve and when that happens the nerves with in the muscle, are aggravated during any movement I do. This is what is producing the constant ache and sharp pain that I'm having. This can take up to 6 months before it's resolved. I need to work hard at strengthening the muscle.
He encouraged me to continue with physio and gave me some specific instructions as to some exercise that he wants
me to do. This will help that large shoulder muscle to get stronger. He said to push as much as I am comfortable with it. That at this point I'm not going to harm myself, "if it hurts, slow down". He also gave me some drugs to help me get over this hump. I return to see him on the 22nd and at that time I;ll have an x-ray and he suspects that ll is good. He wants to make sure that the bone grafts are healing well.
I have to say I'm a little disappointed and frustrated at times. I don't understand why God has not healed me yet but overall I am doing well. I know my God is taking care of all my needs. I continue to pray that I will honor and glorify Him in all things. (Harder said than done) I don't know His ways but I know I can rest in Him because He has the perfect plan for me. (I just wish He would let me in on it) In the gospel of John when Jesus raises Lazarus from the dead, they roll away the stone and Jesus lifted up His eyes and said (John 11:41) "Father, I thank You that You have heard Me" Jesus was thankful before the miracle. So I am thanking God for what He is about to do. Heal me completely! Thank you for coming along side of me and praying with and for me. Hugs Sandra