"Unforunate 58 year old male." Really?

Well, I'm now 59 years old and although I have BSS, I'm still alive! Unfortunate? I don't think so.
I'm in my sixth month of recovery from an accident where the bicycle I was riding had an unpleasant encounter with a automobile. When my head hit the roadway, I sustained an "inconsequential" fracture of my C-1 vertebrae and closed head trauma. Thank God I was wearing a helmet. I was paralyzed on my left side and lost sensation on the right. The trauma team used steroids to shrink my swollen spinal cord and movement returned on my left side after about a week however, I have drop foot and limited left hand functioning. Weakness throughout my body is frustrating at best. I was very active befor the accident. Upon further examination, I was diagnosed with sever spinal stenosis that required surgery. My spinal cord was compressed. I was told that I could have been paralyzed from the neck down. Well that didn't happen. Thank you Jesus! Two months later, a posterior cervical laminectomy was performed from C-3 to T-1 with decompression and fusion. Bone was used from the extensive laminectomy for the fusion. Another bullet dodged.
Two weeks in the hospital, two weeks plus in acute rehab, four weeks plus in sub-acute rehab, another six days in the hospital for surgery, sent back to the hospital for six days and finally two more weeks in sub-acute rehab describes most of my hospital experience. There were episodes intertwined in all this but I don't want to appear as if I am whining. I made it through.
I am home and go for out-patient physical therapy twice weekly. I also go to the gym two to three times a week. I wear a left foot/leg brace that enables me to walk albeit with a limp, but I'm walking. I went from the bed to a wheelchair to a walker and now a cane. I hope to get rid of this cane soon. I still have very limited use of my left hand. I'm right hand dominant. Another bullet dodged. No more bass playing for me... at least for a while. I have lots of pain all over especially from my neck, shoulders and left arm and hand. The swelling in my left hand causes pain. It's a combination of the laminectomy and BSS. I have numbness on my right side. More of a nuisance than a major problem. I have nerve pain throughout with spasticity on my left. I hate spasticity. I have left hip compensation and pain in front of both hips because of the exercising. Hopefully this clears up as I get stronger. Needless to say, most of the meds I take are of the pain relief variety. Thank God for pain meds. The manifestation of my healing presents itself slowly but thank God for baby steps. I'm walking!!! It's my faith and the grace of God that got me this far. Sometimes I think I am going to loose my mind. That doesn't happen either! My Internist says I'm in pretty good health otherwise.
The neurologist in his report wrote that I am an "unfortunate" 58 year old male. Well... from my perspective, I don't think you can get any more fortunate than me. I'm alive to Christ and running the race for the prize of the upward call which is in Christ Jesus. Amen? Amen!
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Jan 13, 2013