So, my back injury began six months ago… A ruptured disc in my L5-S1 (low back), and I have been engaged in physical therapy, massage, chiropractic, acupuncture, supplements and other self-care since then. I have even received two steroid injections to the site, in hopes that I could avoid surgery. Well, unfortunately, my back has not responded to this approach, and I am undergoing surgery this Wednesday to cut out the ‘excess’ disc tissue where it doesn’t belong (pressing up against my spinal nerves).
I surrender to the surgeons skill, but mostly I surrender to the GREAT surgeon. My prayer is that the surgeons hands are like gloves on the Father’s, that my God is actually just using an assistant to heal me :).
Never having had surgery before, there is obviously a measure of concern, but I also have confidence that I did everything I could. I have peace that this is the next step, and I have gratitude that my mom will be right outside the door… There’s just nothing like a parent’s presence in times of struggle.
The team I have worked with for 7 years in Jeffco heads back to work this week, and I won’t be reporting with them, because this is the beginning of my sabbatical year. It is an odd thing to not be coordinating, planning, and supporting our students as another year starts. I am excited about the course I will be teaching, and the other opportunities in front of me.
On another note, I am toilet-training my cats. Yes, you read that right! The product used to assist in this process is called a Litter Kwitter, and we’re still on phase one of 4, but I will keep you posted. As I venture out on this change for the feline family members, I realize that we all can struggle with behavior change ;). Whether it is the food we consume, sleeping more regularly and restoratively, or moving more regularly, it takes a commitment, and we need to realize there will be slips along the way (yes, the cats are having there share, it is like potty training a child!). I’ll keep you posted on the progress..
Thanks for all the kind thoughts and prayers for my surgery, I will keep you posted!!