Simple yet prodigious.
Doctors performed an MRI and X-Rays on his neck which showed his injury is healing, however, it also showed there is still a tremendous amount of swelling in his spinal cord.
It’s actually counterintuitive to think swelling is good, yet the fact he has the mobility in his arms, the feeling in his hands while the swelling is still so immense, gives hope. As the swelling subsides it will relieve certain pressures on his nervous system, hindering his mobility, and with a prayerful heart I write... give him more motion and strength in his wrists, triceps and hands.
Gates’ endurance has increased as well, where sitting was painful and exhausting, he is now upright for long periods of time, pain free; he’s mastering the transition from bed to chair and visa versa.
“As the Savior’s mortal ministry came to a close, He experienced the most difficult trial of all time—the incredible suffering in Gethsemane and on Golgotha. This preceded the glorious Resurrection and the promise that all our suffering will someday be done away. His suffering was a prerequisite to the empty tomb that Easter morning and to our future immortality and eternal life.
“Not one of the trials and tribulations we face is beyond our limits, because we have access to help from the Lord. We can do all things through Christ, who strengthens us.” – Elder Paul V. Johnson
One thing you will see quite clearly in the following video: Gates’ fun loving spirit sustained no permanent damage.
Also, our prayers are with you Elder Millward, serve hard!