Just wanted to post another quick update – actually from last weekend. We went up and visited my dad on Friday and Saturday and he is doing fantastic. He is up and moving around – doing almost anything that he wants. All the problems that prompted the discovery of his herniated disc have disappeared and he’s almost fully recovered from the surgery. He still gets a little tired at the end of the days and he has some discomfort in the muscles at the back of his neck where they worked on his spinal column. But, the best news is that the tingling and numbness in his arms is no longer there. Any nerve damage will take some time to heal, but the fact that those symptoms have disappeared is really awesome!
We visited with dad yesterday and he is doing extremely well. His symptoms have disappeared… The tingling and pain is gone from his arms and shoulders. He is even seeing improvement with his scoriosis, which came on out of no-where. I think it may be related to nerve damage or the stress on his spinal cord from the herniated disc, but we’ll see about that.
He was really happy to see his baby, Peyton, this weekend and get to spend some time with her. His spirits were good and he had a few visitors while we were there. I wish we could have stayed longer, but we had breakfast plans this morning with friends who’ll be out of town for a while visiting family in Hawaii, so we came back.
This afternoon, my dad had surgery on his neck. The doctor told us that he had a hurniated disc in his neck that was putting pressure on his spinal cord. He is doing extremely well and looks to be coming home tomorrow, which is very promising. He is in good spirits and time will ultimately tell how successful the procedure was… Just keep us in your prayers.
For everyone who didn’t know about this, my dad has been having back pain for a while. Its mostly in the upper back and sholders. He has also developed some tingling and numbness in his arms. Its worse on his right arm, but also affects his left. I heard more today than I had previously while he was telling the nurses in pre-op about the problems. Turns out his GP was blaming diabetes and arthritis for the pain and problems, but dad requested more to be done and was sent to have an MRI in Pinehurst. The MRI showed that he had a herniated disc and he was referred to a doctor in Florence, and went in for his first visit on last Thursday. The doctor showed him exactly the problem and gave him his options. Basically, though, he stressed that dad should have an operation as quickly as possible. The doctor primarly operates with McLeod Regional Medical in Florence, but couldn’t get dad into surgery until late in September, so he called the other major hospital there and booked it for today.
Its really a wonder that dad has been as functional as he has and that he hasn’t had more major problems than he has had from looking at the disc. Mom and I were able to see the MRI (which was on CD) over the weekend and it looked scary. But hopefully he is on the road to recovery now… more soon…