Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Hello Mr. Neurosurgeon

Chad had an MRI yesterday as well as a consult with a vascular surgeon about his varicose veins. While painful and annoying the doctor assured Chad the small veins will not cause any serious or harmful issues and they are separate from those which cause blood clots to travel to the heart and lungs, etc., There will be a follow-up appointment to do an Ultra Sound on his legs to ensure his bigger, internal veins, are functioning as they should.

It was supposed to take two days for the MRI results to be available. They phoned Chad while we were en route back home. Chad didn't answer (I didn't even know they called) because he didn't want to know. They phoned again this morning at 8 am.

The MRI showed Chad as Spinal Stenosis with his C4, C5, and C6 discs bulging. They are setting up a consult with a neurosurgeon to review the findings and determine what sort of treatment plans are available, including potential surgery. Since they want this done immediately, the neurosurgeon will likely be done via Tri-West and hopefully somewhat locally.

It is pretty serious but not uncommon. We went to Chad's Chiropractor appointment today and provided him with a disc of the MRI. We will have more detailed information tomorrow about his thoughts on what he sees and how sever the bulging is. As of right now - it's not a huge shocker that his spine is jacked up but it's no less nerve wracking to consider another surgery may be in his future. Our hope for now is that it is far in his future.

So things aren't amazing but we'll get through this, just like we've gotten through everything. Hard work and determination. Chad's neck pain is manageable at the moment with medication, heat and rest. Unfortunately, Chad lost his job last week. :(  It was a hard pill to swallow but we're considering it a blessing in disguise because of all that is happening and with the neck pain, he likely couldn't have continued in that line of work for long. He filed for unemployment which isn't much because it's based on last years salary - of which Chad didn't work for seven months due to cancer - BUT it will be enough to help make ends meet. One day at a time, right?

Currently, our focus is him healing, feeling better and getting these medical concerns under control. Taking each day as a blessing and figuring everything out... one day at a time.

As always, thank you SO much for you continued support, love and prayers. <3 I pray for the day when I can write and say he feels great! Everything is going smoothly! No more surprises! lol We'll get there someday! xo


  1. I'm sorry for the news. As a fellow spinal stenosis sufferer and two back surgeries for ruptured discs, I know how debilitating this can be and the cervical area even more so. I hope they have a good plan for Chad and that you guys know you have an entire "army" behind you all. With love to you!

  2. WOW, So sorry...but this may explain some other things too..sometimes it can effect the bladder and/or the bowel. Maybe treatment will relieve the stomach pain too.
    Chad is still so young for this to be happening to him. I pray for the day when he has a GOOD DAY, WEEK, MONTH, YEAR.
    There is always a reason that things happen....we know its not fair and we may not understand it. I know there is something good at the end of all this suffering and hardache and hardship.
    I'm here for both of you, if you need me in ANY way...just ask!
    Nancy <3

  3. Great news to find something that can be fixed.

  4. Solid answers are always better. I look forward to the 'No bad news, today' update too. Good luck!

  5. So Sorry to hear that Chad lost his job but things happen for a reason and this may be a blessing in disguise. God works in mysterious ways. Now you both can work on getting Chad better Keeping you both in my prayers and thoughts <3