Now that we have the all-clear from Mr Conlan we can complete the final preparations for Chris’ school expedition to Kyrgyzstan in July. Chris is now walking with his trek rucksack and carrying an ever increasing load to slowly strengthen his back and get it used to carrying a reasonable weight – although with the weight he carries around in his school rucksack every day I think he will be fine. He needs to get fitter though and the dog is enjoying all the extra walking that is now going on in our house.
He is so excited and happy to be going and the company leading the expedition (Bull Precision Expeditions) have been wonderfully supportive throughout his surgery and recovery and I know they will look after him.
Today we returned to Cambridge to see Chris’ surgeon Mr Conlan again – this time for his 6 month post-op check up. Chris was taken for x-rays again and then we went in to see Mr Conlan and Sally.
It was a wonderful appointment in which Mr Conlan said Chris had made an excellent recovery, the implants in his back had fused well and…he could go on his expedition to Kyrgyzstan next month!! This was the news we had all been hoping for and, as he leaves on his travels on 11th July, we need to get busy with the final preparations.
We are not due back at the hospital now for another 9 months which takes us up to March 2016 – fantastic news. I think our long Scoliosis journey is now almost done. Chris has to stay off PE at school for another 6 months, but other than that he can lead a pretty normal life – walking, running, cycling, swimming etc. And we can go on our skiing trip that we had to cancel last Christmas – we can’t wait!