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    Default Gator Update 8/3/12

    The ortho called back with an update. No surgery. They did an MRI and then backed up the findings with a CT scan. It seems that Gator has a spinal abnormality and it is possible that the issues he is having are a result of some sort of inflammation. They will be sending the results to Ohio State for a second opinion as well as sending some spinal fluid to be tested for infection.

    We still do not know a definative diagnosis so no true prognosis. It could be that something aggravated it and we can get past this episode and he can live a fairly normal life with some lifestyle modifications (like ramps, etc). But it could also be that with his growth, he could be at the point that nothing will make it better and he will continually deteriorate. If it IS a deformity and not a mass (which he did not see on the x-ray, CT or MRI), it can go either way. That is why they are getting a second opinion, to see if they think there is a mass. If that is the case, they will need to go in and see it and see if there is anything that can be done. We really don't know and won't until Monday or so. If it is a abnormality, there may or may not be options surgically but they will not be able to actually correct it.

    We may be able to pick him up in the morning and manage him at home until we get an answer. Please keep the prayers coming. I am trying to focus on what I do want and not what I am afraid of in the hopes that positive thinking might help.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GatorRay View Post
    The ortho called back with an update. No surgery. They did an MRI and then backed up the findings with a CT scan. It seems that Gator has a spinal abnormality and it is possible that the issues he is having are a result of some sort of inflammation. They will be sending the results to Ohio State for a second opinion as well as sending some spinal fluid to be tested for infection.

    We still do not know a definative diagnosis so no true prognosis. It could be that something aggravated it and we can get past this episode and he can live a fairly normal life with some lifestyle modifications (like ramps, etc). But it could also be that with his growth, he could be at the point that nothing will make it better and he will continually deteriorate. If it IS a deformity and not a mass (which he did not see on the x-ray, CT or MRI), it can go either way. That is why they are getting a second opinion, to see if they think there is a mass. If that is the case, they will need to go in and see it and see if there is anything that can be done. We really don't know and won't until Monday or so. If it is a abnormality, there may or may not be options surgically but they will not be able to actually correct it.

    We may be able to pick him up in the morning and manage him at home until we get an answer. Please keep the prayers coming. I am trying to focus on what I do want and not what I am afraid of in the hopes that positive thinking might help.
    Keep those positive thoughts, they really do help! Continuing to pray for you and Gator...
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    We will keep him in our prayers and hoping for the best. Please give him a hug from us.
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    Thinking and praying for Gator and strength for you and your family to deal with this

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    Sending prayers and positive thoughts your way!
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    Healing thoughts coming your way on a constant stream!

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    Positive thoughts and continued prayers for Gator. I know this is a difficult time espcially not knowing what it is...Im here if you need anything
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    Thank you guys. It is hard not knowing what will happen. He could go back to being fairly normal, or he could deteriorate to the point of paralysis. It really just depends on 1st, the actual diagnosis and 2nd, how he responds as an individual to any treatment that may be possible. I am hoping that we will be able to manage him well over the weekend if he comes home. There is a possiblity that he may need to stay there over the weekend. They are the biggest, best office of specialists in town and they are open 24 hours, so if he does have to stay, then at least it will be there. Plus his ortho (who he has seen before) is one of the vest on duty this weekend so he will be there with him most of the time to monitor him.

    We will do everything possible to either get him as close to normal as possible or manage the problem as long as possible with the greatest quality of life we can give him. If this means he is paralyzed and we have to carry him and wipe his booty, then so be it. Incontinence is the least of my worries if it comes to that (not a problem as of yet but a potential issue if he goes downhill).

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    Sending lots of positive vibes your way, and a big bully hug to Gator and family!

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    Sending all my postivity your way! Hoping, praying and wishing for Gator to be OK and for you to get this all worked out!

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    Praying and thinking of you. Hugs from NJ!

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    I will keep praying and hoping things get better!

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