Because it was suspected that his patient was suffering from some sort of rheumatic ailment, which might damage her heart if she exerted herself, he recommended that she spend most of the rest of the year in bed, to leave home only when it was time for a follow-up appointment. At the end of that time she was back at the hospital to be fitted for calipers, which fortunately were a restriction that did not have to last too long, although she was not permitted to participate in sport.
It was not until some years later, when her daughter was three, that, lifting the child down from the steps of a bus, her back “seized” and her husband had to be summoned to take the two of them home. Another six weeks of bed rest ensued.
“Exaggerated Lumbar Lordosis”
This became the regular pattern of her life until one day at work when her back again acted up and this time, screaming in agony, she had to be taken to a private clinic where she was fortunate to be examined by probably the foremost orthopaedic surgeon in the county. Her medical reports make mention of “exaggerated lumbar lordosis” (a term used to describe an inward curvature of a portion of the vertebral column.)
From Wikipedia: "Two segments of the vertebral column, namely cervical and lumbar, are normally lordotic; that is, they are set in a curve that has its convexity interiorly (in the front) or posteriorly (behind), in the context of human anatomy. Curvature in the opposite direction is termed kyphosis. Excessive or hyperlordosis is commonly referred to as swayback or saddle back."
Finally A Diagnosis Of That Particular Problem: Spondylolisthesis
This can be described as the anterior displacement of a vertebra or the vertebral column in relation to the vertebrae below, and in her case it was considered to be due to a congenital birth defect. The best remedy, she was told, would be a surgical operation known as an anterior spinal fusion. Although the problem was in her back, the surgeon would go in from the front, make the incision from her chest bone almost down to the pubic bones, remove her insides, and drill into her hipbone in order to obtain the necessary “dowels” for grafting into the spine. After that she would be flat on her back in a body cast for three months, and then have to wear a steel brace for a year. With the help of a caring husband and daughter, and despite bouts of frantic claustrophobia, she somehow made it though that and was warned never to pick up anything heavier than 15lbs. She would find this to be a sore deprivation when, in time, she was blessed to have grandchildren.