Day 37

Since my last update, things are improving slowly but surely for the back patient.  The day before Thanksgiving we visited the neurosurgeon and he verified that B is on the right track with his physical therapy.  His second appointment is in eight weeks to make sure he is progressing as expected.  He won't be flying for three months to give the disc adequate time to heal. 

I don't think we'll ever forget this year's Thanksgiving dinner as B stood up at the end of the table and ate his dinner standing up!  He didn't sit down for the first time until the following week and it was for only three minutes on the way home from PT.  The next week the sitting progressed to 10 minutes.  And this past week he has been able to drive himself around and sit down for meals at home.  As long as he has a break to stretch in between periods of sitting, even if it's just standing up for a few minutes, he then is able to sit again.  He's fine when we're out running errands - the in and out of the car gives him the breaks he needs.  His pain has subsided for the most part and now he is focusing on reducing the stiffness in his lower back.

Last night at my work's Christmas dinner party was the first event of the Season we've been able to attend.  Tomorrow morning we plan to go the worship service which will be another solid hour of sitting for him.  The therapist told him to begin increasing the amount of time he sits starting this weekend and decrease the number of stretches and exercises at home.  He is going twice a week to PT and will continue those visits for quite some time. 

The sunny side of the past few weeks is that we have been together.  This is the first time in the past five years that B will be home for the whole month of December.  He's never missed a Christmas, but this year he won't be missing the weeks that lead up to it.  We also spent his birthday together which he is almost always out of town for.  I've been able to be at home most of this month with him and we've only been getting out when we have to.  We welcome this change of schedule even though it's due to  unwelcome circumstances.  

We are praying for the God of reversals to completely heal B through physical therapy.  "By faith in the name of Jesus, this man whom you see and know was made strong.  It is Jesus' name and the faith that comes through Him that has given this complete healing to him, as you can all see." - Acts 3:16

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