As I write this, I’m in the hospital with partial paralysis of both legs. The paralysis is severe enough that I can’t walk or get around with a walker.
Through a very tedious series of tests and hospital admissions we diagnosed it as being due to three prostate cancer tumors pressing on the spine. One at my tailbone and two in the thorax region.
Surgery is not an option, so I’m going to irradiate them starting tomorrow. After I’m done with radiation I’ll probably be transferred to an inpatient rehabilitation therapy center for intense physical therapy.
In case you’re curious, I went from full function to partial paralysis over about four days.
I’m holding up pretty well. I think that’s largely due to huge steroid doses and the constant stream of activity involving me. When those end, I have no idea where I’ll wind up. They think there’s a chance I’ll get significant relief, but no guarantee. As far as I know, there’s only one other treatment that’s not as good.