Xiaoyun has been complaining about her back hurting for a little while now. We thought it was just changes in weather and perhaps a little growing spurt. However, it got worse, so we went in for an x-ray. Below is a pic of her broken rod. Xiaoyun and I both had a good cry when we saw it. I really hate it that she has to go through more pain, and she is dreading the process. They did a CT to make sure the bones had fused. It does appear that they have. The surgeon thinks that since she doesn't have rods in her neck, that the movement put some stress on the rod and it eventually snapped. (the break is right in the curve of her rod) When she had the original surgery, they had tried to put hooks in the upper lumbar area, but the bone had crumbled so there was only one hook in the upper area. They will go in and scrape that area and visually check to make sure it has fused. If it has, they will put two more hooks in the upper area, graft around them, and replace the rod. If they find it has not fused, they will take bone from somewhere else on her spine to graft the non-fused area, then add two hooks and replace rod. The hospital stay will be about 3 days regardless. However, the recovery will be longer if it didn't fuse. Her surgery will be next Wednesday, April 30.