Millie was taken into surgery about 4 hours ago. The spine surgeon is rebuilding her entire neck, from C1 through C7. The whole procedure should take 7-8 hours. The older boys are in school and we have the two little ones. Please pray that she sails through this. The surgeon is very skilled and trusted by the family, so our assurance is that God is in control and she will have an end to the pain and numbness.
Millie is very much a take-charge person and it's hard to think of her submitting to a doctor for such a long time. We'll be caring for her for a change.
Update: Just after I posted this, Millie came out of surgery, about 4 hours earlier than anticipated. Jim said the doctor was happy with how it went, there was good bone for the transplant, and she is doing great! God is good.