Sunday, May 29, 2011
We visited with Dr. Nathan Gilbert this past week and Tanner has decided to go ahead with surgery on his right hip.
This has been his decision. He's the one who approached his Fort Worth doctors - and then also Dr. Berryman in Dallas - and asked to see someone about the lesion in his right femur.
The pain has been worsening and, from what I understand, it's almost like a toothache. That deep throbbing pain that is ever present. He can learn to live with it, but it's always there, and it wears on him day in and day out.
Then there's also the worry that he's been dealing with... the "what if the bone snaps"... "what if I make a sudden pivot on my foot and the hip bone just gives out"... "how long would I be disabled if the hip breaks"...??
As he told Dr. Berryman and Dr. Gilbert, it's been two years since his left tibia broke and it's only now healing; how long would it take for the femur to heal if it were to break? How long would he be disabled? How badly would it hurt? Could he be crippled for the rest of his life?
Both doctors told him that they agree with him. He's only 19 and will want to live as active a life as he can; he shouldn't have to live with the constant worry of his hip breaking...
When we went to see Dr. Gilbert, I thought he would talk about all the different options and we could just see what possibilities would be available. The next thing I knew, surgery was scheduled for this coming Thursday.