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This morning my spouse got a call from the office of her neurosurgeon.  While as yet there is no determination of whether surgery can make a difference, he is encouraged enough by what he has seen examining her in person and through xrays and MRIs that he feels that she can now forego having to put on Gregor, her back brace, each time she gets out of bed.

She will have to be cautious, continuing to limit how much she lifts.

She must remember that if bending to limit the range of movement and to bend at the knees.

The timing of this is interesting. Last week she received a shipment of feathers from an acquaintance who is native-American, designed to beautify Gregor.  Yesterday she started to leave the house not having put Gregor on.  She thinks there is no coincidence to the arrival of the feathers, for which she will still find use - two each Hyacinth macaw and Cooper's Hawk.

Gregor limited kind of clothes she could wear.  She is very much looking forward to a more normal ensemble in preparing for the day.

Today would have been the start of the next round of chemo, but her oncologist decided to give her an extra day off.

We will keep Gregor around.  If she gets tired she may decide to put him on.

For now, we are celebrating the progress, the milestone achieved.

We thank everyone for their continued prayers and support.

Peace.

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