Ecclesiastes says there is a time for everything and a season for every activity under the heavens.
This last weekend was our season of laughter and fun.
We spent four desperately needed days enjoying life and enjoying each other. The older boys had their fall break and we gave the little boys a break from school.
We needed this season of laughter.
Next week is a season we hadn't anticipated which makes this past weekend so precious.
Back in September John had 3 MRI's done on his back so that we could gain some answers about his physical conditions. Frankly, we didn't expect the MRI's to tell us much more than what we had already figured out. Rob took John to the neurologist about 3 weeks ago with both of us thinking we would gain little apart from a formal diagnosis. We did get a formal diagnosis that confirmed what we already knew. We were also blindsided a bit by another hidden issue that was not even on our radar. The MRI revealed that John most likely has a tethered cord. The neurologist recommended surgery. Before we agreed to the surgery, we had the MRI's examined by John's doctor at Shriners who ordered them in the first place. He agreed that surgery was the best option. So next week John will have surgery. He will have to spend 3-4 days in the hospital - the first 24-48 hours after surgery laying completely still - and quite a few weeks after that being relatively quiet so that his back can heal.
Being calm and quiet isn't something this boy does best.
He wakes up in the morning ready to go and never stops the entire day.
It is going to be a real hardship for our little guy to go through a season of surgery that requires him to lay still and quiet for so long.
It's one reason we were glad we had four days of fun and laughter that hopefully will carry him through this next season in his life.
When we come out at the other end of his season of surgery, we are hopeful that releasing the cord will allow John to walk a bit better and will ease some other issues he has been having.
He's a busy little guy so I'm hoping that the next season for him will pass quickly.