Surgery Update and Eclectic Post

Some people have been writing eclectic stream of thought posts and I thought I would give it a try. It’s much easier than trying to write a real and intelligent post anyway.

I had lower back surgery three weeks ago. A double fusion of S4 – S1, laminectomy/decompression and removal of scar tissue from a previous surgery. The doctor said the surgery was textbook. The post op was not. For at least half a day, probably more, my morphine was unknowingly dripping on the floor instead of going into me. So I had no pain medication for quite a while. I’ve never felt so much pain in my life. They also kept getting my other psych meds wrong. I had an anxiety attack and was sweating so much for two days the bed was soaked. I couldn’t sleep much because of pain and people parading through my room at all hours of the day and night. I’m still traumatized by the whole experience.

Since then my mobility has steadily increased, my exercises are improving and the pain has gone down somewhat. I won’t know if the bone is starting to fuse well until three weeks from now when I get the first x-ray.

For the first time in a long time my faith is really being tested. I’m having a hard time trusting God for anything. I’m doing all my devotional stuff and have started doing my ‘extra’ reading again as I become more coherent after surgery but it’s been tough. I’m scared the bone won’t fuse and I’ll have to go back for more surgery. Seems like I’m just scared of everything. I’m praying constantly but not getting much help yet. It’s very inconsistent from day to day.

Friends on Facebook gave me:
“…if we are faithless, he remains faithful– for he cannot deny himself.” (2 Timothy 2:13)

In distress you called, and I delivered you; (Psalm 81:7a ESV)

2 Corinthians 12:9
9 But he said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.’Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.

Robert Jimenez is starting a series called: Has inerrancy outlived it’s usefulness? Part One. Many people are excited about this one. Tune in if you’re interested.

I believe the Bible is inerrant. Meaning I believe all of it is true. I’m thankful that the majority of people on the major Bible translation committees feel the same. It seems that there are many different definitions and modernistic baggage so that it’s not helpful anymore. I’m not always up to speed on how these terms morph, but I’m not really concerned so much. If it’s a dirty word then I’ll just say that I believe all of the Bible is true. It’s not high on my priority list of things to read right now but I did read an article I liked for the most part:
IS THE BIBLE INERRANT?

A verse about me:

Isaiah 32:4
Even the hotheads will be full of sense and understanding. Those who stammer will speak out plainly. (NLT)

For the first time in a year and a half I’ve slacked off on learning Greek. It’s hard to concentrate on anything when in pain and on pain meds (and sleeping a lot) but I think it’s about time I got back to it.

Right now in addition to reading the OT I’m still reading Ryken’s Bible Handbook and Unburdened, which is about worry and is very timely, at the same time. I will eventually be reviewing both of them.

I would really like to be blogging more, especially about what I’m reading in the OT, but it’s difficult right now. I remember “The August Experiment” last year when I posted at least once, usually multiple times a day and the stats went way up. I really don’t care about stats though.

I better stop there or I’ll run way beyond most people’s internet attention span. Thanks for reading.

10 Responses to “Surgery Update and Eclectic Post”


  1. 1 matthew

    I kinda like this style of post! Glad to hear the mobility’s improving 🙂

  2. 2 Peter M. Lopez

    For the first time in a long time my faith is really being tested. I’m having a hard time trusting God for anything. I’m doing all my devotional stuff and have started doing my ‘extra’ reading again as I become more coherent after surgery but it’s been tough. I’m scared the bone won’t fuse and I’ll have to go back for more surgery. Seems like I’m just scared of everything. I’m praying constantly but not getting much help yet. It’s very inconsistent from day to day.

    I think that is one of the best and most honest prayers anyone could ever pray (so, uh, pray it 🙂 ).

  3. 3 Kevin Sam

    Jeff, you must be going through a lot right now. It sure doesn’t sound easy. I hope that your doctors will continue to work with you on recovery. Continue trusting that the Lord is still with you through all your joys, and pains.

  4. 4 Scripture Zealot

    Thank you for the nice comments.

    I’ve made a commitment to worry less which has gotten a little out of hand but I need strength and guidance from God at the same time of course.
    Jeff

  5. 5 T.C. R

    Thanks for the update, brother, and hope you continue to heal well. God be praised.

  6. 6 Scripture Zealot

    Thanks TC.
    Jeff

  7. 7 Deb

    I pray that you get lots better, My daughter will be having this same surgery soon, she is 30, and for the last year, 2 back surgery’s and 3 shots, none did any good, I pray that this one does ease the pain.. but the doctor said it is a life changing surgery, lots of restrictions…God is STILL in control…

  8. 8 Scripture Zealot

    Wow 2 surgeries in two years and now this. I pray it will help. I’ve had so many injections I can’t remember them all and they never helped.
    Jeff

  9. 9 Derek Ashton

    I liked the self-deprecating humor of “A verse about me . . .”

    It’s probably about me, too!

    LOL

    Derek

  10. 10 Scripture Zealot

    Thanks. Have to be able to make fun of ourselves.
    Jeff

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