From the neurosurgeon we learned that Mom has a vertebral compression fracture low in her back. There is possible infection in the bones there as well.
On Monday she will undergo a biopsy to discern if there is any infection. If yes, she's back on very specific antibiotics for awhile before she can have any repairs made.
If there's no infection she'll undergo balloon kyphoplasty right then and there. Hopefully that will take care of the residual pain she's been experiencing, those twinges that remain after the steroids removed the bulk of her misery. I shall keep you posted.
My brother and sister-in-law took Mom for her pre-op appointment today. All her vitals are perfect! Such good news. She's strong. She is walking with a walker - cautiously and with a bit of help - but doing fantastic. She has upped her stationary bike riding from 15 minutes to 20. We are all quite excited! She's a strong, determined woman. We are very proud of her.
I'll post again about Mom once I return from my few days down south next week where I'll join the same sister-in-law as we help Mom get to the hospital for her surgery on Monday. Tom will join us.
Dad is being brave. He worries but is not as frantic today. My brother is a calming influence on him and today was good for Dad. Next week Tom will help Dad with some guy stuff around the house that needs attention. I know when stuff gets nutty for me it helps to have women around to talk with, for understanding you know. I think it's the same with Dad. The men coming around seem to give him balance somehow. It's good.
We're all feeling relaxed and hopeful going into the weekend and Father's Day. There's less frenzy today.
And I'm rambling!
(The photo of Mom was taken last weekend when she was given a quarter-pounder and chocolate milkshake from McDonalds, long-time comfort food for her, as the contented smile on her face clearly reveals. She's so cute...)