So we continued to buy time with epidurals and painkillers. And this worked pretty well up until the Summer of 2011, when one injection had absolutely NO effect. This is not good. I knew immediately we had run out of options, but we started interviewing surgeons and getting opinions, 2nd opinions and 3rd opinions. Finally, the surgeon we liked the best, Dr.Hostin at the Baylor Scoliosis Center, suggested I try Pilates first to build up my core strength and hopefully buy time. I found I liked Pilates, implemented their approach into my daily stretching regimen and found some improvement. That, along with a radical change in how we were doing the epidurals, bought me several more months.
Until I went numb from my left hip to my pubic bone.
I could tell immediately the jig was up. We had no choice but to work toward the earliest possible surgery date. And we started the process immediately. Lots of appointments, tests, new doctors, more tests and meetings spanned several months. During this time, somehing new cropped up. My thumb and forefinger on my right hand went suddenly numb.
(insert David Gilmour guitar solo from Pink Floyd’s ”Comfortably Numb” here)