Please pray that women who are struggling with depression, especially new moms, will hear and respond to the love and grace of Jesus. I would also be thrilled if you would consider sharing the interview time and topic with your friends and family members. :)
Second, two weeks ago I had a second MRI on my neck/spine and met with a specialist about headaches I'd been having. Long story short: a bone spur in my neck is pressing--decidedly so--into my spinal cord. We saw it clear as day on the MRI. Not good--especially because my right arm is weaker than my left at this point. Waiting and seeing is really not an option, either, because the disk is severely compromised and the bones are starting to fuse. Yikes--no wonder I've been in such pain. Evidently the headaches were a gift so I would get looked at.
Dr. Thomas Ellis, my doctor, recommends surgery to relieve the pressure. Surprisingly, t's actually a 45-minute, outpatient procedure. This particular practice has 97 percent success rate and almost zero complications. I won't be able to drive for awhile and will have to have a "collar" for about three weeks (commence the joking, folks...). The surgery is scheduled for this Friday, March 22nd, at 8 a.m.
I've had back and neck issues since a car wreck in college (twenty years ago), and have grown weary of them. I definitely look forward to having great results and feeling so much better after the surgery--but it's all pretty scary.
Thanks for your prayers--for the surgeon's hands to be swift and sure, a completely successful procedure, no complications, and smooth recovery. Also, that God would use and teach me in the midst of all of it.
I already see God working so much in this situation--I got into the Dr. quickly (in one week instead of two to four), was able to schedule surgery five/six weeks earlier than planned, found a medicine (OTC) that has helped my headaches in the meantime, AND Dr. Ellis is in the top one percent of neurosurgeons in the entire country. Plus, the surgery is much less extensive than what I'd anticipated. Also, we have good insurance through Carey's job, and I have the time to pursue answers and heal.
I'm in good hands--and in God's hands. A friend said God had given her this passage for me, and I'm claiming it with all my heart: "Praise the Lord, O my soul, and forget not his benefits--who forgives all your sins and HEALS ALL YOUR DISEASES, who redeems your life from the pit and crowns you with love and compassion, who satisfies your desires with good things so that your youth is renewed like the eagles." Psalm 103:2-5
You bless me with your friendship...and prayers. Thank you!