I'm Healing From a Broken Back.
I broke my back in a lake boating accident on July 22nd of this year. I compression fractured the T-12 vertebrae and broke off the spinous process while I was at it. I was really lucky because one of the couples on the boat was medical people, he a retired fireman and EMT, she an RN. They knew what to do to reduce the risk of spinal cord injury while getting me out of the lake and onto the boat. Anyway, I was hauled away in an ambulance once they got m to shore, admitted to the ortho neuro floor at the local hospital in my town, and because there was not a spinal trauma specialist at our local hospital, I insisted that I be transfered to a bigger town to the north, Colorado Springs, that has a wonderful orthopaedic group that works with olympic trainees, and pro atheletes, etc... who are injured. It took time for them to arrange the travel and new doctor, but I was lucky enough to get a spinal trauma specialist, that's all he does, to do my surgery on the 3rd day after the accident. Ouch, waiting was miserable in my morphine haze, but I don't remember too much anyway. I now have two rods and four titanium screws in my back, which were placed to stableize the surgery, bone grafts mostly, and about a 5 inch scar right down the center of my spine area, all which have healed quite well. I started back to work partime a couple of week ago. I'm still in a lot of pain though. I am so afraid of getting addicted to the pain meds that I don't take them unless I am almost in tears, and then it's usually too late and takes a long time to get relief. I also have a hard time sleeping as it seems no matter what position I'm in, it hurts. I'm hoping this gets better as time goes by. So anyway, that's my story. Tell me more about you... What happened, when, and how are you doing now? Hope to hear from you soon.