Many of you have heard already, but for those of you who haven't: our Dad is going in for back surgery on Thursday. Without going into too much detail, it turns out that Dad's had spinal stenosis (a congenitally narrow spinal column) for his whole life. After some recent minor strains, the condition has suddenly come to prominence, which means he's lost much of his feeling and mobility in his limbs. The goal of the surgery is to maintain existing function and, with physical therapy, walk with a cane within the year.
This is all very sudden for all of us. Much is uncertain. So I'd ask you to keep us in your prayers and send us your good thoughts, especially early on Thursday morning, when he's going into the operating room. Thank you, and much love. --MCB