Thanksgiving In Colorado

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Gorman and I had a grand time with our younger son, Grady, in Breckenridge; however, it started on the wrong note.

Gorman began having pain in his left leg on the plane and by the time we landed in Denver and drove two hours to Breckenridge, he was in extreme pain.  Sooooo, our first day was spent at a medical clinic and then the hospital and, yes, it really was the entire day.  We got home to our rental condo at 7:00 pm.  At first we thought a blood clot.  Then we began to worry that the brain cancer had metastasized to his spine.  It was a very long day.  After x-rays, EKG, ultrasound and finally, an MRI, it was determined that he has a bulging disc.  We were so happy with the diagnosis and hugging each other; anything is better than more cancer.  The nurse said she had never seen someone so pleased to have  a disc problem.    So we have another medical issue to deal with but he’s doing okay and the pain is less and just comes and goes.  He’ll go see our internist for a recommendation if we can stay home long enough.

We got back to Fairhope Sunday night, then left for UAB Tuesday morning, where he had the usual lab work, EKG, eye exam and the dreaded bimonthly MRI.   I’m saving the best news for last:  THE MRI WAS CLEAR!  Once again we are praising God.  It’s very hard to wait for the results.  The MRI was done Tuesday afternoon but we couldn’t get the results until Wed. afternoon.  The clinical trial nurse (our new best friend) put us in a room and chatted a little but she seemed nervous.  She kept reviewing basic information.  When she walked out, Gorman and I looked at each other and said “something is wrong”.  Then we wondered why the other nurse, who always has her checklist to go over, had not been in.  Yes, we were making ourselves crazy trying to interpret every little thing.  Finally Dr. Nabors came in and told us the MRI was just fine.  Praise to you,  Lord God!  In all these tense times, and there have been many, prayer has kept us sane.  Knowing that our Lord is right there with us is the greatest comfort of all.


Posted on December 1, 2012, in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. 8 Comments.

  1. Ralph B. Vance, M.D.

    You remain in our thoughts and our prayers.
    The Vances

  2. Patty and Clay Havard

    We know God is there with you. How thankful we are to hear the latest MRI news! Sending thoughts, prayers, and love.

  3. I am laughing about the disc diagnosis as we see so many people who are devestated after hearing about type of thing! We are so happy about the good news on the other end! Our oldest, Kelsey and Kara left today for their move to Ft. Collins.. I gave them Grady’s number and know they will beome friends! 🙂

  4. Just returning from a trip and began reading the plethora of emails. Yours First- Blessings be to God!!!! I had to laugh out loud at the story of glee over a ruptured disc. I bet that you could write a chapter on “perspective”.
    Thanks to both of you for sharing your great news and your story as it touches us all in many ways. We stay in prayer that you continue to send great news.

  5. Such wonderful news! Just have to get that bulging disc fixed! 🙂

  6. Praise God!!!~ I am with you on being happy about the disc….. I do pray that the pain will be minimal in his back and will heal soon BUT I am so happy that you didn’t get any BAD reports on the” BIG C” front!!! That is wonderful News and ….oh BTW~ …..really glad to hear you had fun in Breckenridge with Grady. Good looking sons you have!!! :0) Prayers continue daily for you both!!! Love lots, MEL and TOMMY

  7. Belated Happy Thanksgiving! Bob had to have that stabilization several years ago and the relief from pain was immediate. His was an arm instead of a leg. So grateful for your clear MRI and will continue to remember you both in our prayers. And now, Merry Christmas! Bob & Susan

  8. Mr. Schaffer, What a miracle it is that you are doing so well! Truly an answer to prayer. Merry Christmas to your family! Mandy Hegwood (Laurel Office)

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