A Broken Neck Story
I broke my neck in a boating accident. I dived off this boat not realizing that the water was way too shallow. It was only about 3-4 feet deep. I fractured my Cervical 6Th vertebrae. I remember hitting the ground with my head first. I saw a bright light and many little stars. Its true when some sustains a huge blow to the head you do see stars like in the cartoons. Lol I went unconscious in the water. No one in my group noticed that had happened. I was floating down the river, face down when some young kid in the next camp over saw me and swam as fast as he could to catch up to me. I brought me to the side of the lake without moving me and holding me into position so that I would not get up. I have no idea who this kid was, no one got his name or number. He was my angel. It brings tears to my eyes just thinking about it.
Shortly the ambulance came and I was airlifted to the nearest trauma hospital in Los Vegas. When I got there they immediately gave me an MRI when it was found that I had a C 6 fracture. I was to go into surgery the next morning. The Doctor who happens to be one of Vegas’ finest Nuero surgeons told me that he would have to make a small incision through the front of my neck as well as the back. He would the fuse C5, C6 & C7 together (the bones in my spine neck area would be fused). Before surgery I was able to move both feet and arms - but suffered nerve damage in both hands - more so in the right hand then the left. Per the doctor the surgery went really well and he said that I was very lucky. I was in the hospital for 1 week and I did even walk around a little in the hospital while I was there. It’s has been a long long recovery. May 2009 will be 2 years. I feel allot better however i am still recovering emotionally and mentally over this traumatic experience. Physically I am doing well. Probably about 90% there. The month I was home my sister had to help me do almost everything. I could not even really change my clothes on my own. I have been really positive through out this whole thing. You have to be. You have to have family who supports you too. Many times I did not want to be here anymore. I am happy i didn't make a stupid mistake. I happy to be here. I am grateful for everything i have!! I would love to meet people who have gone through the same type of thing.