Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Weekend Update on our trip down south…

Yesterday we had Justin's appointment with the Orthopedic Surgeon he was referred to.  For the past few years  he has struggled with severe pain in his hip and other joints and I’ve been pushing for him to have surgery for quite awhile. It wasn’t till this past October that he finally decided the pain was bad enough that he was ready to go through with surgery.  So he decided on doing hip resurfacing.  His orthopedic surgeon here referred him out to another surgeon down in Torrance, California, and it’s taken months to get his consultation appointment with him scheduled. 

After talking to the surgeon yesterday it looks like his hip surgery won't take place for a few months because of the doctors busy schedule. And he wants Justin to see a Rheumatologist here where we live, to do a full work up on him since there is severe arthritis in his hip, and yesterday's x-rays showed problems in his neck and lower spine.  He also mentioned they'd be testing for a condition called Ankylosing Spondylitis.  Looking it up on Dr. Google didn't do anything good for my nerves. 

I know it’s much worse for him to be going through this, but it’s stressful for me to think about anything happening to him or him getting worse, because I have no clue what I would do without him.  So lots of prayer and good thoughts being sent our way would be much appreciated!
And this post wouldn’t be complete without x-ray pics and funny paper shorts… my hubs is a good sport, right?
before x-rays
hip x-ray

X-ray of his neck... was told it's way too straight and he's already lost joint space there and in his lower sacroiliac joints...
neck x-ray