1 Corinthians 9:24 - Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize.
Someone I know is getting ready to have a third back surgery. The man has been in so much pain for so long and he’s only forty years old.
He began losing strength in his leg and the inability to stand up straight. After much thought he decided to go back to his surgeon and see what could be done.
But it’s not just a surgery that he’s made a commitment to. He also has to be committed to live his life differently. It’s hard for me to think about his age and then think about the life he’s going to have.
You see the surgery will remove bone fragments, but it won’t be able to restore his back to normal use because this is his third surgery. With each surgery the improvement rate drops.
I think that’s where the rub is – not being able to return to a normal life.
Find a list of things you can do to improve the outcome on spine-health.com in their article, "Practical Advice for Recovering from Back Surgery," such as keep common items close by and avoid bending over too far.
You can find a few things that can compromise the outcome of your surgery from sinicropispine.com, in their article, "4 Ways You're Sabotaging Your Spine Surgery Recovery."
Now that you know what you can do to improve your chance of a successful recovery do so as the Bible verse above says. Run in such a way as to win. Work hard. Give it all you’ve got and God will bless you as you walk through recovery.
Karen Dalske is a freelance writer, public speaker, is active in her church and writes her blogs out of her own experiences of pain, illness and loss.