My husband is in training currently for his deployment to Afghanistan late next month. They have been practicing reflexive firing techniques in full battle rattle. (There is 40lbs of body armor plus whatever other stuff he has to carry like ammo ect.). The technique is done in a sort of a hunched over stance. This time last year he was just starting to recover from a herniated lumbar disc. (He was injured 10-07) After a couple days of riding in cattle cars over pot hole filled gravel roads and firing hunched over in the cold he started having some back/leg pain Thursday morning. Then Thursday night he couldn't sleep because he was in so much pain. He went to sick call Friday and was sent to the Army hospital at Madigan for tests. They have done the x-rays and next week he has an MRI on Wed, then the "diagnosis" on Friday. He is in a great deal of pain and really upset/depressed. They have him on "profile" but it isn't good enough in my estimation. He still has to bend over and scrub toilets and clean the barracks. And being the hard worker his is, my husband is doing what they tell him to do. The last time he herniated his disc he rehabbed himself pretty quickly, but it was really painful.(he was back to army standards and passing his PT tests within 5 months) He hasn't even been recovered from his disc injury for 10 months yet! And this time we don't know if this was just muscle strain, re-herniation of the disc or the effects of the nerve damage from the last herniation. He is on a pretty high dosage of painkillers that are just taking the edge off at the moment. If he is re-injured they will have to rehab him again. Then there is a good possibility that he will be in the rear detachment and commute from home to work. It would be wonderful to have him home, but I don't want him in pain either. My husband is concerned about being able to provide for us financially if he has to go on disability. And I can't go back into the workforce until November of next year because of the pregnancy. (We are due in July, and I need a couple months to establish feeding routines).
The army is not always known for making the proper diagnosis. They often send sick people off as "well people." I would appreciate it if you could pray that the doctors will make the proper diagnosis. This is a lose/lose and win/win situation. If is he OK he will be deployed as scheduled, good-he is OK, bad-we will miss him. If he is re-injured he will have to go thru months of rehab at home, good-we see him, bad-he is in a great deal of pain. I don't even know what to think of all this.