11 Days Changed

Eleven days ago my life changed. It was my first appointment with my new pain specialist. It had been at least two years since the words hope and doctor were said in the same sentence. I was only at this appointment to get a referral for another pain shot. But, I would leave this appointment with hope beyond what I could have ever imagined.

The doctor spoke with great compassion and confidence. He said, “I believe I can give you pain relief that you’ve never experienced.” I’m thinking “that’s what he thinks. Doesn’t he know my medical records for the past three years alone are 700 pages long? Doesn’t he know we’ve already tried everything and everyone under the sun in hopes of fixing me?” I just respectively listened with absolutely no optimism at that time. It had nothing to do with this doctor. But, I truly had given up hope that man could do anything more or me.

Now, I will be getting a pain shot very soon. However, I don’t have to rely on that for my only hope. I left that day with it. The doctor told me to start taking 15mg CBD Soft gels that morning. By that evening I knew it was making a difference. Honestly, my pain has been manageable ever since. For eleven days straight I’ve felt this hope.

Honestly, I feel at least twenty-five percent better than before. In just eleven days so much has happened. One, my strength and ability to focus on things other than pain. Two, I dropped a medication I had been on for the past three years. Three, my greater strength and pain management has allowed me to start back physical therapy. Finally, after seven months of using a cane I’m a free man. I’ve been standing on just my own two legs for the past four days.

Even with discomfort and pain I can’t help but smile. God has been so good to me! God has blessed my faithfulness under trial. He didn’t have to, but He chose to. I was so close to quitting everything months back. I had given up hope that things could get much better. Next thing I know God proved me wrong and I’m so glad He did. Listen, don’t give up hope no matter how things look or feel to you. Keep taking the next right step no matter what and God will bless your faithfulness.

“God blesses those who patiently endure testing and temptation. Afterward they will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love him.” (James 1:12)

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