My Upcoming Surgery

back_pain.jpgI’ll be having back surgery at 5:30 A.M., at UAB’s North Pavilion, this coming Friday, September 21. It’s an L5-S1 fusion.

Basically, they remove the disc between my vertebra and sacrum (tailbone), replace it with cadaver bone (bone from some unfortunate dead person kind enough to have made a donation of his body parts), and then screw it all together with titanium screws. Over time, it all merges into one much-less painful bone. At least, that’s the plan.

This is important to you, dear readers, for several reasons.

I may be laid so low I won’t be able to post much for a while. Or I may be so bored I’ll post more than ever. I really don’t know. Please do keep checking by. Having a high hit count would be a great encouragement during my recovery!

I know I’ll be in the hospital for about 4 days and then have a recovery of 2 to 4 weeks. I’ll have to wear a brace for 10 weeks or so.

Any way, please keep me in your prayers. I think I have the best possible surgeon, but I’d rather put my confidence in the Great Physician himself, and that requires prayer.

PS–That really cool drawing, which illustrates exactly how my back feels, is from the site of a Christian artist you might enjoy.

About Jay F Guin

My name is Jay Guin, and I’m a retired elder. I wrote The Holy Spirit and Revolutionary Grace about 18 years ago. I’ve spoken at the Pepperdine, Lipscomb, ACU, Harding, and Tulsa lectureships and at ElderLink. My wife’s name is Denise, and I have four sons, Chris, Jonathan, Tyler, and Philip. I have two grandchildren. And I practice law.
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0 Responses to My Upcoming Surgery

  1. Marty Stewart says:

    God bless you. You are in our hearts and prayers always for all you do for Him. Thank you for being one of our Shepherds and all the time you spend in studying and teaching His word. We will specifically be mentioning to Him about the success of your surgery. Please let us know if we can help in any other ways.
    Love you!
    Marty and John

  2. David says:

    I pray for a quick recovery and look forward to when you feel up to blogging/posting again.

  3. ollie says:


    I am thinking of you and by now your surgery must be done and you are probably in recovery. Perhaps not, some of these things take much time.

    Any way, I just wanted to wish you well and a speedy recovery.

    My prayers are going up for you.

    In Christian love,