Number 18 Apr 19, 2012 22:20:10 GMT -5
Post by landm42006 on Apr 19, 2012 22:20:10 GMT -5
Hello my new friends. I am writing today to ask you all not to pray for a friend or family member, but for me. On May 9th, I will be having my 18th back surgery at the Cleveland Clinic in Ohio. The past four years have been very hard for myself and my husband. My first surgery was on June 6th, 2008 for a simple ruptured disc, and it went downhill from there. We had just moved to this tiny little town and we didn't know NOT to go to the hospital here and we were given the recommendation of the doctor by my husbands new boss. I should have known better to not have gone to see a orthopedist because of my years working in the health care field as a Paramedic and over 17 years in an Emergency Room, but we thought the recommendation was strong. Well, it started with a simple staph infection and by November of that year, I had already undergone 12 surgeries. I had a in home nurse to take care of my PICC line which is a IV line placed so that you can receive antibiotics at home. (sorry if you all know what that is, but sometimes people don't) I also had a VACC pump that drained the nasty infection that came out of my back and every week the tubing and dressings needed to be changed. PAINFUL! Every 3 weeks I would go into the ER with raging temps at 104 and everything else that comes from being septic. I would be in the ICU for a few days then about a week after that in a regular room, then discharged and then back again a few weeks later for another surgery and infection. Every time I went in, this doctor performed surgeries on me. He told my husband and I that I needed these surgeries to get the infection out and that I had re-herniated the discs again. When December came around, I was the sickest I had ever been. I was delirious and didn't even know the name of my next door neighbor who is my very good friend. She took me to the next hospital down the highway which is bigger a better. I was immediately sent in for surgery to wash out the severe staph infection and then spent 2 weeks in ICU in a coma. I was almost put on dialysis because my kidneys were so damaged by the meds the docs were giving me. The meds were actually clashing with each other and were NOT supposed to be used in conjunction. I was in the hospital for almost the whole month of December. The doctors helped me the best they could and referred me to a great Neurosurgeon in Charlotte. The next few years I had undergone more surgeries to fix what the other doc had done. I have severe nerve damage and had a spinal cord stimulator put in to help with the pain. From one of those surgeries I had a blood clot pushing on my spinal cord which had temporarily paralyzed me, but they were able to go in and evacuate it. My docs in Charlotte said that they couldn't help me anymore and that I needed to go to a specialized hospital and that's how I came to the Cleveland Clinic. They did my 17th surgery last August 10th and the doc there told me that he pulled some stuff out of my spinal canal that he had never seen in his 32 years of neurosurgery. He is one of the top docs in the nation and he is also the department head of neurosurgery at the clinic. He told me that I had saw marks some of my vertebrae that looked like the doc started to cut on one area and then changed his mind. He had never seen a spine like mine before. In fact, I have been a topic in many of his teaching conferences. So now, in a few weeks, I am going in for my 18th surgery to finish fixing the mess the other doc did. I have 2 spinal cord simulators, one pain pump, fusions in my spine and now I will be getting 2, 5 inch rods to support all of the damaged and weakened areas of my spine, and he will be removing more scar tissue that's impinging on my main nerve running down my legs. It's going to be one of the longest surgeries that I will ever have had and it's going to be very painful after wards. For some reason I am very scared for this surgery. There's something in the pit of my stomach that's telling me something, I just don't know what. I can tell you that if I did not have my faith, I would be in a very bad place. I am a FIRM believer in prayer and I believe that prayer has gotten me this far and that I can still walk with a walker or a cane. I thank God everyday that I wake up and can get around. My favor that I am asking from all of you is that you pray for me. Please pray that this surgery will be good and I will wake up from it and not be paralyzed. Each time I have a surgery, my doc tels me I'm basically playing Russian Roulette with my life. He is amazed that I have had so many surgeries with horrible staph infections and that I can still walk. PRAISE GOD!! So PLEASE, please say a prayer. I am very scared and have not told my husband or my mom of my fears. I don't want to worry them anymore than they already are. I thank you all for reading this long story and I thank you in advance for all of your prayers. I go to church everyday and thank Our Father for being with me during all of this madness and the Beautiful Blessed Mother for her prayers and never leaving my side. And do you want to know something ironic? When I was going through my Confirmation, my patron Saint is Saint Rita. I believed she picked me because she knew I would endure pain just as she did. I carry my Cross everyday with Our Savior and I am so very blessed that I believe. Thank you all and may God be with you all always. Peace.