Month 9 went into the history books on 11/11. I have continued to have improvement in the symptoms of my Cauda Equina Syndrome. Less of my legs are totally numb now, with about another 10% of the numb areas regaining tingly feeling over the course of the month. The bottoms of my feet feel less pain, less like they are walking on rebar (http://wp.me/p3A64Y-6Y) and more like normal. To top it off, my legs are getting stronger.
Due to the move back to Lancaster, we’ve changed primary care doctors (again) and the new one suggested using a plantar fasciitis boot to help with my foot nerves tightening overnight. When I get up in the morning, my toes are curled right down and it takes a little while of walking to straighten them. With the nerve that runs from my big toe up through the ankle (the common peroneal nerve, I think) tightening, it makes taking a normal length step with my left leg more difficult. This is because the right foot will not bend upward enough. So it gives me a bit of a limp or rolling movement in my gait.
The last half of month 9 was getting ready for my wife’s knee replacement surgery. She has been in pain for quite some time. The pain was keeping her awake at night. It was getting too much to bear and getting the surgery done outweighed the drawbacks. So after seeing a highly recommended orthopaedic surgeon, attending a class (I had to go to it too), and convincing the health professionals that I on my cane could take care of her, the surgery was set for 11/13.
We’re getting ready to launch a new ministry at church & in the community, which is taking up a measure of our time. We’ve made some lifestyle changes, or more accurately, we’ve made changes in what has priority in our lives. We’re busier than we’ve been in a long time, yet we have time and energy for the new things, as old things take a smaller place in our lives. We look forward to Month 10 with anticipation of my wife’s surgery and recovery. We are looking forward to her relief from pain and more feeling coming back for me. Even though only one of those has a high probability, we will take what God gives and enjoy it. Month 9 has been good.