Broken Neck: So What Do I Do Now?
This is the story of how I (a twenty year old guitar teacher from Essex, England) managed to break three vertabre in my neck. I am posting this as a way of moving on from my own experience; but equally to help others in a similar situation. I welcome any comments or questions.
One Sunday night in late March of 2007, I was enjoying a quiet night in with my family, when at around eight o clock, my mobile rang. A few of my friends were gathering at our local watering hole, and asked me to join them. I declined their invitation at first, but was easily persuaded and my good friend beth picked me up in her car.
To cut a long story short, after three pints of rather tasty English cider we decided to go for a drive. We eventually arrived at a spot where we often would go to hang out. As we pulled up in the car, the headlights shone on a rather large tree standing about 20 feet in front of us. A rather athletic friend of mine decided to climb it. I; with my 200+ pound err.. non muscular fr
I climbed around thirty feet up to the top of the tree, and the wind started to pick up. The tree began to sway uncontrollably, so I made a rather hasty descent to the bottom. I got about 15 foot from the ground when I decided to jump from 1 branch to another.
I reached out and grabbed the branch, but as my feet swung forward into the air, my fingers lost grip. My legs swung above my upper body, and I began to fall to the ground. I am told I hit head and shoulders first.
Beth drove me to a local hospital where the doctor told me I had broken my C6, C7 and C1 vertabre. As Beth held my left hand, I tensed every muscle in my body, and one at I time, I said goodbye to them all. I think its fair to say that my chances of survival were slim.
Incredibly, I survived. In fact, less than two years later I am typing away on my girlfriends laptop with the use of my entire body available to me; however, I do live my life in a permenant state of discomfort; which I find both restricting and incredibly depressing.. I am Still learning to live with that pain.
If anyone wishes to contact me, for whatever reason, send me a message. If you are reading this, chances are you or someone close to you has been through something similar.
Don't be a stanger! X