As it’s been nearly two years since he was stabbed in the line of duty, Nate was asked to head back into neurology to be evaluated. We’ve been told that there’s a very good chance that the numbness in his left leg is permanent, but we’re more than happy to check out options, should there be any. (And honestly, at the end of the day, we aren’t complaining. His injuries should be so much worse).
We had never been to this particular doctor’s office before, so the neurologist carefully reviewed Nate’s chart after she had stepped into the examining room.
Her jaw dropped. She looked down at the paperwork in her hands and then back up at Nate.
“Do you realize how lucky you are to be alive?” she asked him.
“Blessed,” Nate said with a smile.
“Do you know how close the knife came to slicing into your CH5 cord?” she asked. “That cord controls your breathing. You would have died on the scene, or you’d be hooked up to a machine to breathe. And really, the swelling due to the assault should have caused injury. Wow, I can’t believe it, really. Look at how the knife nicked your spinal cord… and then look at you!”
We’re used to doctors being blunt and abrupt, when they see his x-ray for the first time. There’s no polite way to say it. No bedside manner that can prepare them for it. They, like everyone else, simply blurt out, “You should be dead.”
And he should be. The knife sliced through his neck and missed vital nerves in his spinal cord by less than 1/2 a centimeter.
But God had other plans.
Doctor after doctor tells us that there’s no way to explain Nate’s recovery other than to call it a miracle, because people don’t walk away from injuries like this.
I’m SO glad that I serve a God Who answers prayer and Who turns the impossible… into the possible! 🙂
(The neurologist isn’t yet sure if anything can be done about Nate’s leg. He has to go for another MRI to see if there have been changes in the spinal cord. Just taking that one day at a time! But like I said above, we’re not complaining either way!). 🙂