Upcoming Surgery

Joel is pushing through some rough days right now. He is scheduled to have a microdiscectomy on November 18 at CU in Denver (Anshutz Campus). Thankfully, the chief of neurology is doing his surgery. But unfortunately it means he is off some of his regular medications now and after the surgery for awhile. So his pain and swelling is higher than normal, which is already pretty high. We tried several different kinds of treatments before making the surgery decision, but none of them gave him the relief he needed. It’s not only painful but he has a hard time walking and his leg goes numb quickly while standing.

It is a minimally invasive surgery, but the recovery time is six weeks, including two weeks of no driving. Also being an autoimmune patient means the risk of infection is great. So we would love your prayers for a successful surgery, quick recovery, minimal pain and swelling and no infections. I would also selfishly ask for your prayers as now is a crazy busy time for me at work and I’ll have to figure out how to get kids to school and back, keep the house decent, laundry done, cook (and we all know how good I am at that), etc. etc. Sorry friends and family but optional things like Christmas cards just might not get done this year. Probably more importantly, I need to tell myself that things like that are okay not getting done. My type A personality wants to fight it though!

I will keep you updated on how the surgery went as soon as I can. Thank you all for your love, support and prayers. It means the world to us!