My family had a close call this past week. My Dad fell down and afterward could not walk or feel his legs. He has had back problems for as long as I can remember, but this was much worse. My Dad was a field botanist who loved getting outside in nature whenever he could. In fact he fell in his native plants garden last week. Those who know my Dad, a strong and active 91 year old, know he would not want to live without full mobility, and Carter means STUBBORN! Ask anyone who has had anything to do with any of us; not an attractive trait, but alive and well within our family.
At first it looked like they would not risk surgery on one as old as my Dad, but then we found a wonderful young surgeon who knew we should risk it. And sure enough, he found a blood clot pressing on the spine and removed it. Now Dad can stand up with assistance and is headed for some serious rehab in the next few weeks.
YES! Just what we all needed to keep Dad moving!
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Wow. Wishing your Dad a speedy (as speedy as possible) recovery. I am happy you found a surgeon that believed in your Dad. My husband’s aunt (the one who lived to age 107) had a partial hip replacement after a fall at age 101. Her recovery was not easy but she was able to return home after a hospitalization and rehab.
Thanks Alana for all of your encouragement! It really helps me believe that things will get better for my Dad and his family.