Greetings to you, on this rainy Wednesday.
I'm actually sitting in the lobby of a hospital in Cincy, waiting on my hubby, who is consulting on their floors. The old guy in the next section of seats is snoring so loudly that he keeps waking himself up....I'm cracking up!
It's nice because it gives me some time to process the news that we received yesterday morning. Our 13 year old son, Levi Taylor, who just turned 13 on Halloween, has scoliosis, as evidenced in the first picture above.
A few weeks/months ago, I'd noticed how humpy his back was, and chalked it up to the fact that he was growing and changing...but when the right side was predominantly more bulge-y, I knew we needed to get him checked out. On Monday of this week, we got a last minute appt to see my sister's family chiropractor, Dr. Laux...He did some checking and took some x-rays and we went back to view them yesterday.
He popped those bad boys up on his light, stepped away and BAM! Levi's life took a turn down a different road. A road where he will probably always have to deal with back pain...(how could he not. look at that curve!!), a road that will require no doubt a brace of some sort, exercises, continual and monitored physical activity, possibly surgery, more testing and probably visits to orthopedic specialists at Riley.
This is all an unknown currently. We have another consultation with Dr. Laux next Tuesday. He will be using these next few days to investigate further, consult with peers and gather more info. He thinks there may be more to it (he mentioned Syndrome) which wouldn't surprise any of us, with all the challenges that this tender little guy has faced from birth. I'm so thankful to God for putting us in Dr. L's care though because he is ON IT!! He did tell us that Levi's got a good, large chest. This is good because one of the main concerns with Scoli (my new nickname for it) is how it affects the heart and lungs. Levi has good breathing and his lungs sound very good. Also, the way the vertebrae can twist and turn, which some of his do, is a concern with the spinal cord. Scoli is generally worse for girls but I'm sure I'll be learning so much more about this. It is not a disease. It is genetic. It usually appears at the onset of puberty.
I've received a lot of comforting and encouraging messages from friends on FB. The one that I just got a half an hour ago made me cry in the middle of this crazy lobby.
It said that Levi is fearfully and wonderfully made by his Creator and that he is in His hands, how this isn't a setback for him or for our family. Means so much to read that...it's like...you know these things but sometimes you've got to hear them so thank you, Louanne. It means so much to us.
Please be praying for Levi. He is aware of the situation, maybe even milking it a bit, as he should...and reminds us that we should be so gentle with him and not hit him (he says this mostly to Ethan and Mel), since his spine curves. what a guy.
Thank you for visiting the blog...I'll be back with more updates for sure.