Please see the following prayer request from the Brickels:
Hi everyone – We finally got into Doug’s neurosurgeon Wed afternoon and it has been determined he needs surgery to fix the pain in his arms and neck. The nerves are affected on both sides of the C7 vertebrae which is causing his more serious pain. Dr. Vinas did his lower back surgery a few years ago and is the best neurosurgeon in the area. He will be doing the procedure at Halifax Hospital on Clyde Morris near International Speedway. He said he has a 99% success rate. It will not fix Doug’s leg pain but that is not as bad. If Doug’s health insurance authorizes the surgery, he will be having it Wednesday April 11. I think we are to be at the hospital at 10:00 but will find out more when we attend the class next Wednesday. He will be spending the night and if he does not have any complications and will come home the next day.
He will need to wear a neck brace for a couple of weeks and cannot drive for a couple of weeks. Thankfully it is staying light out until around 8:00 p.m. so I should be able to drive us to anything we need before it gets dark. We have several friends from church who are offering to drive us if we need something after dark. (Thank you Ed and Alice, Mary and Becky.)
We are looking forward to Doug being able to get off the pain meds and sleep most of the night. Thank you for your prayers. We will keep you posted. Love you all. –Doug and Donna Brickel