Wednesday, June 30, 2010

An Update

Well, I am two weeks out from surgery and wanted to give you an update on where I am now. But first I want to offer a heartfelt thank you to all of you who have offered your encouragement as I recover. So many of you have stopped by faithfully to see how I am doing and to let me know you are praying. I appreciate your support more than you know, and each comment has given my spirits a lift.

Unfortunately, my recovery has been much slower than I had hoped. I continue to have painful muscle spasms in my lower back that have confined me to bed since the surgery. The surgery itself was successful in alleviating the leg pain that has accompanied my back issues, and I am thankful to have avoided post-op nerve pain that can be an issue. The surgeon's nurse revealed to me last week that she was afraid I would have horrific leg pain because the disc fragment was lodged under the nerve root. I am blessed indeed not to have suffered that complication, but these muscle spasms have been debilitating.

My surgeon noted instability in my spine, which he says is why my back has become so prone to these painful flare-ups. He knew that I would probably need a back brace down the road, but had hoped to delay that step in favor of quick recovery and physical therapy. I still plan to do PT, but will be fitted for a back brace today and hope it will hasten my recovery.

My mother continues her treatment for multiple myeloma. Doctors believe her stem cell transplant was successful, but auxiliary problems have made this an agonizing process. She is on a ventilator now and requires constant dialysis. We are seeing small signs of progress each day, so hope she will soon regain her health. My heart aches to be with her during this trying time. My father, sister, brother and sister-in-law are keeping vigil with Mother at the hospital, so I ask your prayers for the whole family at this time.

The posts I have shared since my surgery feature projects completed before my surgery. I have a few more photographs to share in the days to come and hope to be back on my feet soon doing the things I love -- and sharing all the fun with you!

Blessings to You My Friends,  


spine surgeons houston said...

My best wishes for success in your surgery. Let God always be with you.
Do keep on sharing your experiences here.

Valerie said...

Hi Melissa.

Keeping you in my thoughts and prayers...and your mother too!

You are such an inspiration for all things beautiful, calming, peaceful. I only wish the same for you!


BeemerGirl said...

Enjoy the bed rest. It is just giving you plenty of time to plan upcoming tidbits of loveliness. Thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family to come through all of this quickly and completely.

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Melissa, I'm glad for this update. Now, I know how to pray. I am going to pray that the back brace will only be a temporary step in getting your stronger so you will be pain free!

I pray that your mother has renewed strength and health as well.

Enjoy this time where you can rest, and we will all be here when you return.


Sheila :-)

Sharon Ward said...

Melissa, all of the above comments are just wonderful and spot on. We will be praying for you and your mother and all the family in this trying time. My Mother had a massive stroke on June 10th and was left paralyzed on the right side and cannot speak. Then she developed pneumonia. She aleady had a diseased heart. It is a miracle that she lived through the stroke and and then of course the pneumonia. We are hoping that she will regain at least some rudimentary form of communication. She seems to know us and follows verbal direction. We are praying that all these situations are resolved and that the Lord's will be done and that we accept it with a peaceful heart and mind.

Rach said...

Praying for you! Take care.

Brenda@CoffeeTeaBooks said...

I continue to pray for you and your mom. It is so hard to be going through both kinds of trauma to the body.

I have to remind myself during such times to hold on to Christ as if I were holding on for dear life (or to keep the faith). May you FEEL His peace and grace.

Anonymous said...

Believe me you are in my thoughts and prayers. God bless you and your mama.


hilary said...

I am continuing to pray for you and your family. Peace be with you.

Melissa Lester said...

Sharon, I am so sorry to hear about your mother and will keep her and your family in my prayers. We know that God hears our desperate cries and knows every tear.

Just yesterday, a friend and I were talking about how even in the darkest days, God gives us blessings along the way -- little candles to light our path and let us know that He is with us. I'm praying that you feel His loving hands upon you today!

Mary Beth said...

Melissa, you have been in my prayers and will continue to be. As so many have already said, you are such an inspiration. I truly do think of you quite often when I am trying to be the best mama that I can be. My mind sometimes asks, "what would Melissa Lester do with this...." (morning, naptime, evening, etc.) It inspires me to make the best of every moment with which God has blessed me.
My faith tells me that your trial will show itself as a blessing somehow or another. I know God has huge plans for you and this is somehow or another part of the path. I will pray that the outcome will be more rewarding than we could have all even imagined.
I know that you know all of this, but I also know that it's sometimes nice to hear it from others too.
I hope you are feeling better soon!

Anonymous said...

Melissa, I'm praying for your recovery and for encouragement as you wait. I'm praying for your mom and family. Though I've never met you, you have been such an encouraging Christian sister through your blog, CW magazine and your book. I only wish I could bring you a beautiful vase of flowers, a delicious meal and something wonderful to read and a fun game for the kids. That's what I imagine you would do! I'm so glad you are seeing God's little lights of encouragment through your difficult time. I'm praying for Him to continue!

Michelle in San Antonio

Sonja said...


Will continue to pray for full recovery for both you and your mom!

If you run out of pics to post before you are fully able to get back... just go back to the start and re-post! We've loved them all anyway!



Susan said...

Hello Melissa....I hope you are feeling much better and that the leg spasms have subsided. I truly hope for your renewed health. You are such an immensely talented lady. How sweet you even did posts ahead of time. God bless you and your Mom and all your family. Susan

cdclaycomb said...

Dear Melissa,

I found your beautiful blog yesterday and read it from beginning to end.

Best wishes to you and your family as you heal from your surgery and your mother continues her treatments.



Graciously Southern said...

Praying for you both and am hopeful that you continue to feel better. Glad to hear you are seeing progress with your Mom. My thoughts are with you.

Louise said...

Melissa, you and all of your family continue to be in my prayers. I know it must be so hard to still be recovering. You are in my prayers though!

Barbra said...

Dear Melissa, I have been blessed in my visits here to your beautiful blog and while I have been a 'quiet visitor'; tonight I need to be a voice of healing prayer over your health needs and that of your precious Mom.

God Bless,

Patsy said...

More prayers go out you to and your Mother. Sorry your family is dealing with so much at one time. But as we all know that is LIFE. God be with your during your recovery.

Personalized Sketches and Sentiments said...

Melissa...prayers for you and your mom's health and peace and comfort in a fast revovery. I find that I am missing quite a bit with my limited blog reading time!

May you and your family have a blessed weekend!

Blessings & Aloha!
(We praise the Lord daily for our son's strength and health from the childhood cancer when he was 14 and15 and are so thankful that challenging time is behind us and that he is a strong 20 year old witness of God's healing and blessed that he has a heart for Jesus.)

magdalena said...

you have to deal with a lot of hard stuff!i don;t know you but you are a person and a person needs all the support one can get, from anyone!be patient and strong. that's always the way to go, life is so hard at some people sometimes.

best wishes, hope everything goes well.

Carol said...

You are in my thoughts and prayers, both you and your Mama. Love your blog!
Carol in GA

Mary said...

HI there,
I am new to your blog, I stumbled upon it while looking at the pigtails printable shop on Etsy.
I just wanted to say that my last name is also Lester...I just got married this past even though we are in Texas, it is fun to see another Lester family, as we are the only ones left in John's family with that name. Your kids are so cute! We do not have kids yet, but I do have a fun blog.

Bonnie said...

I too, stumbled on your blog from Stone Gable (your hydrangea caught my eye. And then, was I pleased to see you are from Wetumpka. I live in Enterprise and visit Southern Homes and Gardens when I can. I also bring things to the brass refinishing shop there.

Your blog is so lovely. I am so sorry you had to have surgery and I will pray for you and all your family. You have a full plate right now.

Carol said...

I just discovered your beautiful blog! You are so talented.
God bless your recovery -

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Sweetie pie, I hope you are doing better. Thinking of you and praying that you are pain free.



Jan's Blog said...

I miss seeing you most everyday but knowing you are working on your recovery and those of other family members I stop by just to say please hang in there. All the prayers will fall on you as blessings...and just when you need them most. Open your arms and your heart and receive them. You are always in my heart and prayers, as is all your family.

Lynn said...

Melissa, Just read about your surgery and your mom. Both of you are in my prayers now. I have been out of touch. Am retiring the end of Aug and have been brainstorming on what I want to do with my life and the freedom I will have to create. Not giving up the blog at all, just taking a hiatus until after retirement starts. Bless you heart, I do hope both you and your mother continue to improve daily. Know that when you physically cannot be with your mom, HE is alwayw with her. God Bless.

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