Eric underwent his lower back surgery on Tuesday of this week. He's been in quite a lot of pain for the last year now in the lumbar region of his back. We figure it is an old aggravated rugby accident from about 8 or so years ago. Anyway, after enduring a lot of pain, physical therapy and a procedure that was somewhat like an epideral, the doctors realized that surgery was going to be the only route to get rid of the pain and keep Eric from losing motion etc in his back and legs. The surgery included removing much of a herniated disc in his lower back. When the doctor came out to talk to me after the surgery he admitted that the remaining part of the disc was quite degenrative, so Eric would need to be exceedingly careful in recovering. And that is where we are at right now. Poor Eric! Even though he is doing well, he is still extremely uncomfortable and is having a hard time moving from one position to another. However, we have high hopes that we will learn a little better how to manuever to avoid pain and after awhile I have no doubt Eric will be back to full functionality. The full recovery period is about 3 months, which seems like an eternity to Eric. No exercise, bending, twisting, picking up the kids, sitting for long periods, etc.