Ways To Pray for My Latest Jaw Journey
In about an hour from writing this post, I head for Miami. Tomorrow morning the oral surgical team at Jackson South will open me up for measures necessitated from massive radiation treatment for head and neck cancer back in 2005. Nice way to spend a Thanksgiving, eh?
I must keep this brief as time escapes me. In most ways my prayer requests remain much the same as they were for Robojaw One. You can watch that video post here.
However, a few specifics come with this second major step in the four-part journey to return some form of normalcy to my mangled mandible.
Before listing those, here is a brief synopsis of the strategy for step two. The procedure should last about six hours. It is scheduled for 8 AM on 11/23. It involves taking bone marrow and stem cells from my hips, mixing that with a protein I can’t pronounce, along with cadaver bone from the hospital reserve (nice huh?).
They mix that into a paste and rebuild what they call the “vestibule.” I asked the doc if he could install a narthex while he was in there, but I don’t know that he got my attempt at church humor.
Now for the fun part. They wire my jaw shut for three weeks. Imagine the irony. A preacher with his jaw wired shut. One of my armor bearing brothers at OGC has taken to calling it, Operation Miami Vice-Grip. Nice.
So, here’s how you can pray and I am SO thankful that you might:
- That I adjust quickly to the wiring of the jaw and am able to take in adequate nutrition so my weight does not drop too far.
- That I recover sufficiently that while I’m out on this medical leave I might make major headway on writing my book.
- That I might be able to return to the pulpit on Jan. 1. I really, really, really want to preach the New Year’s message for my church’s joy and encouragement, if the Lord wills.
Again, thanks a ton. Hope to report on another blog post soon from the other side of Robojaw Two!