18 Месеци преди ...
От февруари 11, 2013, Никога не бях чувал за Cauda синдром на конете (CES). That changed the next day. This very day, 18 Преди месец, I awoke with no feeling below my waist. Something very wrong was going on with my body! I didn’t know it then, но бях започнал пътешествието, наречено синдром на Cauda Equina.
On this blog I’ve chronicled the first year of that journey. I have been very blessed in my recovery, особено като се има предвид, че е взел 14 days to have my decompression surgery and not having ANY feeling below my waist. I won’t cover the details of what has been written before, but this update gives a quick look at my progress since the one year mark.
Много неврохирурзи и други лекари казват, че нервната регенерация се появява само за 12 месеца, докато други казват, 12 - 18 months is the time in which what healing will happen does happen. My physical therapist told me 18 - 24 месеца. I don’t know if this is “frontline” info or whether she was just trying to motivate me further than I already was.
За мен, на месец, тъй като ми 1 годишнината са били предизвикателство с някои малки регресия - но, I am still seeing spurts of significant regeneration taking place. I went through a period of frequent nerve pain in the top of my right foot. This seemed to be aggravated by my evening commute, което е обикновено около 1 час 10 минути. The last 10 - 15 минути на устройството бих получите "електро-шок" чувството така, познати от други части на тялото, по-рано в моето възстановяване.
These were so painful I almost became a dangerous driver. I fell back on my flight training skills – ABC – Aviate (Fly самолета, в този случай, карам колата - не забравяйте да не се сблъскате с някой или нещо), Разгледай (Не се губят и за колата, това означава, уверете се, че да не пропуснете своя страна, докато разсеян), Общувайте (Във въздуха, щяхме да получите помощ от контролери на земята, в колата, this just means Comfort – try to find a position where the pain subsides. Those pains left me about a month ago. As they left, they presented me with a going away present of more feeling in my feet. I now only have impaired feeling in a ½ - ¾ инч лента около крака ми, начало за половин инч над дъната на краката (пръстите на краката ми са изключени, тъй като те са имали чувство за известно време.)
My legs have feeling back except for the backs of the legs and inner portion of the buttocks, but only the lower ½ of that and the corresponding front area. That too is a recent improvement. I am now able to walk without assistive device for over 100 фута, but my legs and hips are completely exhausted by the effort and are in moderate pain by the end. But I am improving, бавно, но сигурно, Аз продължавам да се засили и подобри.
I still cannot stand for more than 20 - 30 секунди, nor sit for more than an hour without problems. This limits my ability to travel and is sorely missed (не игра на думи, предназначени.) I keep pushing to improve. If I don’t, I won’t know how much I can improve. So I work full time, с 2 hours round trip commute time. And I walk whenever I can, to the point of not being able to any more. By the time I get home I am exhausted. I still have not had to have surgery on the torn tendon in my right foot.
Despite that, God has allowed me to lead small groups and classes at church. I am truly blessed. None of us who are afflicted with CES want to stay as we are. We learn to deal with the injury and we fight to overcome as much of its affects as possible. It is easy to look around, seeing people who do not appreciate the simple act of being able to walk. Or run. Or stand for a few minutes. Or travel 6 hours to visit with old friends or many other things. Looking at these will surely lead to defeat, депресия, and a downward spiral. Look at what we can accomplish instead! Life is different, not over. It isn’t fair, but then we’ve known that for a long time. I choose to let my disability strengthen me, rather than define me. I challenge you to choose your goal and работят за него!