A difficult month following dad’s funeral

I haven’t written much recently as I have been too busy with family - mostly trying to help my mum cope with life without my dad.  I have been staying with her quite a bit and leaving Steve and the boys to sort themselves out at home and they have been marvellous.

Unfortunately a consequence of all this has been that we have not been thinking about Chris and his exercises.  He has done them occasionally, but all too often they have been forgotten.

It is now a month since dad died and we are trying to get back to some kind of normal routine with exercising before and after school.  I worry that we’ve let things slip and that will have a negative affect on his back but…you can only do so much.

I hope we will have our review consultation and x-ray at Southampton Hospital soon and then we will know for certain where we are with his curve and whether it has progressed significantly or not.  Looking at him it doesn’t look substantially different but it is so difficult to tell.

If it has got a lot worse I think we will consider doing one of the intensive two or four week Schroth courses during the summer holidays but I hope this won’t be necessary.  I think Chris would fight me over it.

New Consultant for Chris

We attended a seminar at Southampton Hospital back in November which was organised by the Scoliosis Association UK.  It was a really interesting day and we were particularly impressed with the spinal team there.  They were all passionate about their work and completely up-to-date with all the latest research into Scoliosis.

I spent some time chatting with the consultants about Chris and we have decided to ask our GP to write a referral letter about Chris so that he can be seen by Mr Evan Davies, or a member of his team, for all his future review / x-ray consultations.

I don’t know how long it will take to get an appointment but I’ll let you know when we do.