Thursday, October 04, 2007
Well, things just keep getting better and better around here. arghh.
Tom had an MRI last week and he just came home and told me the results. He has a six-inch long water-filled cyst in his spine (a spine which resembles a roller coaster due to his having had polio, etc.) and around 5 ruptured discs, as well. The doctor said no surgery is needed now, but someday...
Never before in our life have we faced so many tests at once. Most of me at this moment is just wanting Tom to retire so we can just buy a little homestead in some state where it doesn't snow, or have hurricanes or tornadoes and where real estate is still sane (anyone have any suggestions?). And then hide away from the world... and grow a garden, raise chickens and goats and a dog. And then see that Tom gets retrained for something less strenuous. Or maybe have a bed-and-breakfast inn. Or a guitar shop (we had one once). With a little book nook. Or all of the above.
I keep telling Tom that lots of people do that everyday. Lots of people make such huge changes around age 50. But when I have him almost convinced he keeps coming back to what about medical insurance for all the future surgeries he will need? What about how expensive it is when you're not getting insurance through your job? (I wish he'd check out other forms and types of insurance... some people have found sane companies which are not through their employer. Guess I'll have to check it out myself.)
Any prayers would be appreciated. Any creative ideas would be appreciated, too, in my comment box. I'm open to just about anything at this moment. We'll just have to pray that Tom will be open to the right thing, too... whatever that right thing may be. As of this moment, I have no idea.
P.S. Tom's doctors told him they'd help him get on disability--they said there should be no real problem with his (very real) case. Tom sees that on the horizon--he'd just rather it not be this soon.