Sunday, 2 February 2014

Our Not so Great Outing on Friday

Hello friends

First, welcome to two new followers, Vintage Kitten and Kim H, hope I won't bore you too much and that you find something of interest.

Hope you are all ok after the storms again. I do feel sorry for the folk down south who are struggling with continuous  floods. It must be so horrendous for them.

Today we've had some lovely sunshine with cold winds (great for blowing the washing). I can't remember the last time I saw the sun.

Anyway back to Friday. We had to take L to Manchester's Children's Hospital to see a orthopaedic surgeon because she has Scoliosis (curvature of the spine). The appointment was for 2pm so we brought L out of school at 12.30pm, An hour to get there then half an hour to sort out the parking and find where we have to go. We were five minuets late but we were ok. The journey was awful, There was a lot of surface water on the motorway so that caused a lot of spray  and made visibility very poor and on top of that it was still raining. I took some crochet to do on the journey but couldn't to it.

After waiting an hour we got sent to the x-ray department and then back to wait and see the surgeon. He was such a nice man and explained everything to us and was patient when we asked lots of questions. Back in July when we first started the investigations regarding L's back she a  46 degree curve now it has a 60 degree curve. The surgeon explained that a back brace would not work so there were two options left. 1) Leave it alone but it will get worse and will cause problems. 2) Operate to correct it using rods. We were all a bit shocked because we thought she would have the brace. L had tears and said she didn't want the operation. The surgeon was very understanding and realised we had all had a shock. So has given us three months to think about it and has put L on the waiting list (9-13 months waiting) anyway (we can always change our minds). Even today I still feel sick at the thought of L having to go though all that. We will decide to go through with the operation because in the long run it will giver her a better quality of life.

The journey home was very quiet and it was 6pm. We got caught up in the rush hour. We had a quick tea and then took L to her dance class. Thought it best to continue as normal (dance show coming up in two weeks) as keeping busy would keep her mind of things for a bit.

By the way we didn't make it back to Manchester today for the Chinese New Year celebrations because L went on a sleepover last night and thought that would be more fun.

Thank you for dropping by

Carolx

6 comments:

  1. Sometimes the choices we have in life are extremely difficult to come to terms with. I'm sure you will make the right decision when the time comes and you are right to continue with normal life. I'm so glad you all got back safe and sound - the motorway sounded horrendous.
    Love from Mum
    xx

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    1. Thank you for your kind words, mum. Life really socks sometimes. We will go ahead with the operation but it will be a scary and worrying time. She is also on the waiting list for a set of braces for her teeth,
      Carolx

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  2. Sorry to hear the news about the need for an operation.The consultant sounds lovely - I've found that makes all the difference when you have questions that need to be answered.

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    1. He was lovely. He was very relaxed and we didn't feel rushed and dismissed. and he said the this curve was an easy for him to correct.
      Carolx

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  3. Oh no, poor L. Has she ever done pilates? A lady I know's daughter has Scoliosis and was told by a physio to go to a clinical pilates class. It has done her wonders and she no longer wears a brace. Not sure how much it would help your daughter but it may be worth a try.
    Alison
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    1. No, Pilates was not mentioned however we did do some research and found a private place (in London) that did intensive exercise for 6 months and that was suppose to make a difference but there was no way we could afford it. But it would exercise does help, I will ask when we go back and I will ask about physio afterward too. Thank you for that.
      Carolx

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