i walked away that day with more confidence than i did when i drove up to that church that night. i know that the Lord is not only personal to me, but, as brooke's mom, He is a compassionate Father who gives direction and peace to me so i can help/care for Brooke when she is not able to do so for herself.
we met with her GP yesterday, looking at the X-ray showing the curvature and observing Brooke, and know that we need to go ahead with the surgery. from my understanding, the surgery (although complex involving screws/rods) is fairly common. Surgery is about 4-5 hours long and she will stay in the hospital 4-7 days (depending on how her body responds). i do know that post-surgery she will be out of it for the most part, but after that she will be able to sit up in bed, and walk by the time she leaves. my concern is, of course, brooke's pain tolerance. she is not able to express when she is hurting or if she needs anything. however, i think the Lord gives us moms a discerning spirit and i'll be trusting that He will give me the insight i need to take care of her.
If we do not do the surgery, we are certain that the curvature will continue to increase and will impede her health in several possible ways. scoliosis can cause several problems involving the heart, digestion, breathing, and her walking ability.
the surgery date is tentative at the moment but may be as soon as May 25. up until then, i'll be posting updates on her health and of course other "raw moments" between daughter and mother and autism.
i am thankful for your prayers.