Dear First Baptist Family,
You have been so faithful to pray, and I wanted to write and let you know the latest update after the appointment with my neurosurgery team this morning.
First of all, I want you to know that I feel good. In fact, as I write to you now, I feel as good as I have felt since August 4. I haven’t taken any pain medication, and my constant dizziness and disorientation has become a much more tolerable light-headed, sort of swimmy feeling. That improvement allows me to walk confidently and without help, even if a bit slower than usual.
To add to that good news, I also got a good report at my visit. Everyone is happy with the way I am progressing and healing up. They did decide to leave the stitches in the back of my head for at least another week. They also are continuing my physical restrictions: I can’t do anything exerting, no bending over, no pushing, pulling, or lifting. They want to be sure that I don’t do anything to add pressure to the back of my head as everything continues to heal. I also will continue to be on IV antibiotics until I meet with my infectious disease doctor later this week, but I appear to be doing very well on that front as well.
Even more than that, it has been days since I have had any spasms at all on my right side. Lauren will sometimes notice small little twitches that she calls flutters, but they are passing and hard to notice. I also have had no nerve pain since the first surgery I had this month. I am able to speak, chew, and swallow without any difficulty at all. I realize that I forgot what that felt like. All signs continue to point to a very successful operation.
Even though I still have some restrictions, the doctors did clear me to drive and to return to work at a slow pace. I am so thankful for that. I shared with our team following the visit that I will be in the office a few times this week and that I will return to preaching this Sunday, September 4. I will have to take it easy and won’t be able to walk around the buildings as I always do, but I absolutely cannot wait to be with you. I want to see you, to serve you, to talk with you, and to hear you sing.
In fact, immediately after my appointment, I asked Lauren to drive me to church so I could poke my head in and try to see at least a few of you. After that, we went to Town Center and walked for a few minutes. I am totally exhausted, but it was nice to be someplace other than a bed after a month in my house and the hospital.
After a difficult month, I want you to know how aware I am of the kindness of God to me. I have relief from spasms and pain for the first time in five years. I have restored hearing. I have experienced an unprecedented amount of love from Lauren, my children, and from each of you. How kind of the Lord to use his power to transform a challenging month into a precious gift.
I am thankful.
I am thankful for all I’ve been through and more thankful than I know how to say to look forward to being with you on Sunday.
Blessings in Jesus’ name,