I thank you all so much for your prayers on behalf of Philip. He visited the spine surgeon last week for follow up x-rays. The doctor measured the curve of his spine as 92 degrees. His curve at the last measurement earlier this year was at 90 degrees. He said to give or take two degrees due to measurement error. Basically, the curve is 'holding.' He does not oppose the herbal and ayurverdic treatments. However, he also does not discount spinal surgery in Philip's future. He said, 'we are postponing the inevitable.'
My only concern is that with Philip's recent bronchitis and pneumonia, is the progressive curve hurting him or making him more prone to other problems with his breathing or heart function? The surgeon said it was difficult to determine that at this current time. Perhaps with surgery, some things may even be reversible.
I'm not really sure what to think. All I could hear was 'postponing the inevitable.' I just cannot believe that Philip will have spinal surgery. I still believe that if our God could create a stomach where there was no stomach, and heal the holes of Philip's heart, then the Lord will heal his back without any surgical intervention. The things that are impossible with men (because our doctor did say it would be impossible for his back to ever be straight even with surgery), are possible with our God. I heard it over and over in Guatemala. And I saw God work the impossible in Guatemala. This weekend I was reminded of how great, and how much bigger my God is than my problem. A day is coming, friends, when scoliosis will bow at Jesus' feet. I believe it will be soon. God is moving!
God bless you all,