So my (Carrie's) Dad has had back trouble for about a year (maybe longer). It is getting worse and worse, so he finally went to see a doctor in Dallas. He had an MRI yesterday and met with the physician for a consultation. Unfortunately, the news isn't the greatest. He has 3 herniated discs, so they can't do the disc replacement surgery. They could fuse them, but that isn't a surgery my dad is willing to do (or has been advised to do) considering some of the implications. At any rate, they are going to do some steriod shots to relieve the pain and try to figure out which of the 3 discs is causing the most problems.
Please hold up my Dad. His spirits are high, even in the face of some disappointing news. He trusts his Father. We were hoping to find out he would be a good candidate for surgery! Now, we really are hoping that the pain lessens and that he can continue with his normal activities. Right now it is very limiting; he can't sit up -- only stand or lay down. We believe that our Father can make this happen and we ask that you join with us in holding him up. I know lots of people follow our blog, so I just wanted to put this out there so that more people know about the need.