About 5 months later (in July of 2011) we noticed that Neavey was hunching over more and her body looked more crooked. Neavey has always had very minor scoliosis, which the orthopod warned us might get worse when she hit puberty (Neavey turned 13 in April, 2012). We scheduled an appointment with the orthopod to have Neavey checked out. At this appointment we got the news that Neavey's scoliosis had significantly worsened. The doctor was alarmed by the fast progression and said that surgery could be necessary in the future. He wanted us to meet with a spine surgeon soon to have Neavey evaluated and to hear options. He referred us to a surgeon that he described as one of the best in Houston and, “the one I would take my child to.”
|Neavey's scoliosis xray from about|
a year ago at her appointment with
the surgeon (two images merged).
Her spine has worsened considerably
|Neavey's kyphosis xray from|
the same day
We walked away from that appointment prepared, yet again, to let Neavey’s disease do to her what it would while we did for her all that we could, helping her stay as strong, happy, healthy and engaged as possible, for as long as possible.