In May, Olivia had a well-check and they did the traditional scoliosis check. The pediatrician thought her spine looked a little off and ordered an x-ray. It came back as 10 degrees off normal which is not very abnormal at all. They said to schedule an appointment with her orthopedic surgeon for a follow-up. The ortho said he didn’t want to see her for 3 months.
I wasn’t worried because it was only 10 degrees.
We went to the appointment last Thursday. They took another x-ray to see if there was a difference since June. Olivia did relatively well holding still for the x-ray and they got a good shot of her spine. They brought it back to the room and the doctor put it up on the screen.
Even me, with my untrained non-doctor eye, could see that there was a major change. Her spine looked like a C. It was now a 40 degree curve. The doctor informed us that a fast-rate scoliosis is 1 degree per month and hers was 10 degrees per month. Big time change. I didn’t even worry about this because the degree was so small in June. I took it off my radar.
I felt like I had been punched in the stomach.
Now, I know it could be worse. Please know I KNOW THAT. But still. This is my baby girl who has so much working against her already…and now this. I had a moment, ok day, of pity for my little girl. Would a mental disability be enough? Or weak muscle tone? Now we have to add scoliosis??
The next step is an MRI because they have to rule out things like…brain tumors. And guess what? Olivia can’t hold still for even one minute so she will have to be put under for it. That, folks, scares the crap out of me. Can you imagine how scared she’ll be? For those few minutes that they take her away from me and put her under? And when she comes to after?
Once they rule out anything surgical, then we move on to a collarbone to hip brace that she has to wear ONLY 12 hours a day. I am not sure what to pray for—surgery on her brain or spine or the brace she has to wear for 12 hours a day until she stops growing.
All I know is that, even though I know it could be worse, I would just like for my baby girl to get the break she so deserves.