I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
your works are wonderful, I know that full well.
Technology is SO COOL! Yesterday I got an X-ray of my back; today, I have a CD with digital files of the X-rays (not pictures; some medical file thing. I took a screen shot and flipped the image. You can see the backwards R in the corner). Neat!
A little bit less neat is the report that came with the CD. It said:
Frontal view of the thoracic and lumbar spine shows an S-shaped thoracolumbar scoliosis. The upper curve extends from T4 through T11, is convex to the right and measures 48 degrees. The lower cure extends from T11 through L4, is convex to the left and measures 37 degrees.
One of the interesting thing about this type of report is it’s so very factual. Just reporting the facts, right? Somehow a 48 degree curve sounds like an awful lot, but what do I know? What I do know is where my back hurts, and it’s right where my back curves. Funny how that works.
A report like this really just raises more questions than it answers. Where does this fall in the scoliosis range? At what point does this start to become a real problem? Is back surgery in my future? I imagine not, since I’m not growing any more so it shouldn’t be curving any more, right? I’m already seeking palliative care to deal with mild back pain. Should I worry about getting pregnant and the impact of carrying a baby around in my stomach (and then in my arms)?
Really, though, this doesn’t change my everyday life. Yesterday I didn’t have the report or pictures. Today I do. Does that mean I’ll change how I live — avoiding picking up heavy stuff, or giving up backpacking, or switching to a less aggressive position on my bike, or anything else? Nope. What this boils down to is a very cool exercise in technology. In less than 24 hours, I was X-rayed and received the results on a CD, and am now posting the pictures here. The future is now! Now, where’s my flying car?