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One year ago today I had scoliosis surgery. I had an 18″ incision and two titanium rods inserted the entire length of my spine.
Today I put masking tape around the trim of the new windows.
One year ago, my back was fused from T1 to pelvis. I could barely move.
Today I stretched high as I worked.
One year ago the bolts in almost every vertebrae and four in my pelvis made me unable to move without assistance.
Today I gathered supplies and worked on the major renovation.
One year ago, my hands shook as I pressed the morphine button.
Today I firmly held the paintbrush and stroked the smooth white paint over the trim.
One year ago, the nurse kept telling me to open my eyes. I had trouble staying awake and the pain seemed less severe when my eyes were shut.
Today the afternoon sun streamed through the wall that had never had a window before.
One year ago, I could barely handle the next minute. Recovery seemed impossible. I couldn’t sit up. I felt shattered but glad the surgery was over.
Today I sat at my computer editing photos. Today I mopped the floor. Today I washed dishes and dusted and painted.
If things seem dark today, don’t despair. Amazing things can happen in a year.
In honesty, the first eight months of recovery were excruciating. Some days were ok while others made me cry. Even when I didn’t move at all, which was most of the time. But my bones must have known what they were doing and I felt encouraged. I could see a long fog lifting. God walked with me. He’s still helping me today. And He’ll be with me still on October 2nd, 2014.
You, dear Julia, are an amazing woman, and our God is truly a God of miracles. I thank Him often for bringing us together, and am deeply honored to call you my friend and my sister in Christ.
What a beautiful post. Thank you for opening my eyes once again. ♥
What an incredible post, your journey is inspirational. Blessings to you and your sunny view is gorgeous! Thanks for stopping by today! Rhonda
J R said:
Praise in many forms — blog post, photos … Thanks for sharing. – Judy
Debbie C. said:
This is a very encouraging post. I’m happy for you!