Musings on a painful day

I’ve mentioned my back problem(s) to some people and thought I’d give an update and just write some ramblings.

I got my first steroid injection into the area of the herniated disk. They told me the anesthetic would hurt a little which is no big deal and I’m not abnormally afraid of needles. What they didn’t tell me is how much the fluid going in would press on the nerve root. Wow. That was more back pain than I’ve ever had in my back and radiating down. My pain tolerance has always been pretty high and I’ve grown accustomed to it but this was kind of a shock. Even in my Zen conscious relaxation mode I still involuntarily jumped which the doctor told me to try not to do. Well maybe he should have told me this might happen!

Before the procedure I was reading a blog post on my personal media player about John 3:16. I was thinking about how the HCSB correctly renders it, “For God loved the world in this way: He gave His only Son, so that everyone who believes in Him will not perish but have eternal life.” But we know God loved/loves the world so much, so how about Scripture for that? While I was in the recovery room I was reading Ephesians 1-2 and came across 2:4: “But God, who is abundant in mercy, because of His great love that He had for us,”. What a great passage of Scripture to read at a time like that.

I don’t normally write about what I got in the mail to review because I just write about it when I review it, but I got Great Prayers of the Old Testament by Walter Brueggemann from Presbyterian Publishing which is the first book I requested from them. That was a nice thing to see while still being in pain. I’m very glad to start a relationship with them. I should have a review in January. I’m still very anxious to read A Call to Spiritual Reformation by D.A. Carson which deals with Paul’s prayers. It will be good to start with the OT prayers.

Time to get off this office chair.

8 Responses to “Musings on a painful day”

  1. 1 Nathan Stitt

    I hope the injection gives you some long term relief. Looking forward to your thoughts on those books as well.

  2. 2 Esteban Vázquez

    Ouch! I do hope that the pain was not in vain, and that you’ll get to feeling better soon.You know, Carson on spoke on St John 3:16 in chapel at my Alma Mater. Though I have never heard the message myself (it was shortly before my time), my mentor and father-in-scholarship said though originally skeptical because of the choice of text, he was blown away by it. I think I’ll place a call tomorrow and try to see whether a tape of it is available.

  3. 3 Scripture Zealot

    Esteban, I failed to mention that the article I read on John 3:16 was by D.A. Carson. What a coincidence.

    DA Carson on John 3:16-17

    Sometimes I put longer blog posts on my Cowon D2 (PMP) and read them when lying down. Also handy for waiting rooms obviously. I really need a laptop ($$$) so I don’t have to sit at this computer to read stuff.  I’d love to hear a more lengthy talk on it.

    See if I can sleep now.

  4. 4 tc robinson

    Jeff, thanks for sharing.  Quite inspiring!  I hope you feel better.

  5. 5 Gary Zimmerli

    Jeff, as a fellow back-pain-sufferer (and there are many of us), you will remain in my prayers.

  6. 6 Scripture Zealot

    Thanks Gary. I know there are many, many others out there who have it worse than I do.

  7. 7 Brian

    Jeff, sorry to hear about your back – I thought maybe I had a herniated disk too but recently found out that I have arthritis in my lower back (L 4-5 right now) that when flared up has many of the symptoms you are feeling/going through.  Not fun!   Look forward to hearing about the books too.

  8. 8 Scripture Zealot

    Arthritis doesn’t sound very easy to deal with either.

    Two days after my injection, when the cortisone is supposed to start working, I feel no relief. I can tell my back is back to “normal bad”. And my back doc can’t see me until the 9th. I’m pretty frustrated right now.

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