Yesterday my mom had back surgery in the morning to fix a ruptured disc. Thankfully everything went well, and she is on her way to recovery. She was hoping that she would be able to come home yesterday afternoon or evening, but she wasn't able to. So this afternoon she will be discharged (we think) and will come home to a house full of her children and their families.
We're not really sure how she will feel, but we do know that she won't be able to do anything for the next few weeks while she is recovering. (The "doing nothing" will include no bending or lifting.)
While we certainly aren't happy that mom had to have surgery, we are so very grateful that her pain was something that could be taken care of...that surgery went as well as was expected...that she is able to come home and be with her family...that everyone will be together for Christmas except for my niece who is in service in Sweden...and that we can celebrate the birth of our Lord, Jesus Christ.
Get well soon, Mom!