Tuesday, November 13, 2007

A hole in his spine

So, dad thought he had arthritis in his back, why not, it was sore - his son has it (i.e. me) and the pain responded to arthritis medication. They x-rayed his spine to check out how bad the arthritis was and instead found a huge hole in one of his vertebrae, most probably a myeloma. Late night phone calls from doctors urging they come in immediately and see him. Earnest conversations with specialists ultimately leading to the "how long have I got" question. Trips to Canberra to be scanned, probed and measured.

Prognosis: not great but so far it looks treatable but not curable.
Mood: shitty.

8 comments:

Betty said...

oh my god. I am so sorry for you, and for your dad and your family.
I sincerely wish you all good luck.

BD said...

Mood: Shitty...

How... apt.

Sean said...

Shitty actually sounds a little polite dude.

Sending you a big freaking hug to pass on to your folks from Seanie bear.

Thinking of you all.

Leesha said...

only shitty?
I hope your Dad is ok.

Kitty said...

Dreadful news, and I wish your Dad, yourself and the rest of the family all the best. xxx

jennifer starfall said...

oh steve, that's horrible. i'm sending lots of hugs and all my best your way. anything i can do to help?

unique_stephen said...

Depends, just how special is that chicken soup recipe?

jennifer starfall said...

pretty damn special. i'll email it to you.

i'm thinking about you guys every day.