“Our job is not to mold our kids but to unfold them.” Jon Courson
I lean against the window and stare into sapphire winter skies. Days have passed since the night I heard those life-changing words. Still, I can’t get the doctor’s point blank statement out of my head,
“If she’d landed just a bit harder, she’d be in a wheelchair or dead.”
Heavens, what can unfold in no time at all. This proved true the night a gymnastics accident left our girl’s head throbbing and her sobbing scared over being “numb and tingley.” The accident didn’t look scary; she didn’t fall awkwardly or in any way that made me suck in wind or jump out of my chair. But, we don’t mess around with numb and tingley. So after the ER trip, x-rays and CT scan, we discover the critical bone -the odontoid – that protects her spinal chord is malformed. This bone protrudes from the second vertebrae, and the malformation means part of her spine is not as protected as it should be. Without this extra protection, any jarring of the neck can cause numbness. Or worse.
This leaves us numb and jarred into a new reality.
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And may I ask for your prayers? This condition is known as os odontoideum, and the missing odontoid bone means a wrong movement causes our girl’s first vertebrae to slide right into her spinal cord. On Wednesday, she undergoes surgery to correct this. While we are on-our-knees grateful the malformation is treatable, questions remain regarding our daughter’s recovery and future abilities. Only time will give answers, so today – right now – we rest knowing He already has all those answers!