Cauda Equina Syndrome Personal Story David Unthank

La meva vida amb la síndrome de cauda equina – La història de David Unthank

La meva història, de la meva vida amb la síndrome de cauda equina, en les meves pròpies paraules. En el vídeo. Gaudir!


Què va passar?

M'estava movent una plataforma de splash formigó. No gaire lluny, només 18 polzades. Vaig tractar d'aixecar i feu-la lliscar ... no és bo. Em vaig posar de peu cap amunt en el seu extrem i vaig caminar ell - perfecte. Later that night, I got up out of the recliner to go to bed. My lower back felt “funny” and a little stiff or tight.

I awoke the next morning with sharp pain running down my right leg. On the 10 escala, I rated it a 5. Kim set an appointment with a Chiropractor for the next morning. By the time I got home from work, my pain level was at a 10. I had never felt such pain. I took pain meds and went to bed.

En les primeres hores del matí, I partially awoke but still dreaming. It seemed like my legs were going numb. I feel back asleep. In the morning, I awoke to find that I had no feeling below my waist. Knowing something was very wrong with me, mantenir la primerenca cita amb el quiropràctic, with me in a wheelchair. She suspected Cauda Equina Syndrome and recommended I go directly to an Emergency Room. I did.

Quina va ser la seva experiència allà?

The ER told me that I did not have Cauda Equina Syndrome and they gave me a referral to a back specialist. We didn’t want to wait that long. Kim called our Doctor to get a MRI ordered; llavors esperem 2 dies per a l'aprovació de l'assegurança amb el MRI passant divendres, Febrer 15ª.

My Doctor got the results on Tuesday the 19th and referred me immediately to a neurosurgeon. I saw him 2 days later. He wanted me in the hospital now for surgery the next day to decompress the spine.

Va ser síndrome de cauda equina després de tot - una situació d'una cirurgia d'emergència.

Problem – I was on a blood thinner and they couldn’t operate then. I stopped the med and went into the hospital on Sunday, amb la cirurgia el dia següent, el 25 de.

El que la cirurgia va tenir vostè?

The surgeon performed a L4/L5 microdiscectomy to remove parts of a ruptured disk in order to relieve the pressure on my spinal nerve bundle. The disk had ruptured directly into the canal and had crushed the nerves controlling the lower ½ of my body.

Què va passar després?

Em vaig passar una setmana en l'infart agut de rehabilitació, learning how to walk and shower when you can’t balance or feel anything below the waist. Human’s use their feet, turmells, and legs to balance – I was getting no feedback from them. Although the surgery relieved the pain, nervis només es regeneren a aproximadament 1 mm per dia, i a continuació, només per uns 12 - 18 mesos. So getting all of my feeling back was a long shot.

Com va la recuperació?

Physically – After Rehab came Physical Therapy. Some normal feeling returned to parts of my thighs. The rest stayed numb or got tingly painful. Ara, 10 mesos després de la lesió, feeling has returned except in the areas covered by underwear and from the ankles down. My feet are very painful and I have a possibly torn tendon. I’m having that checked next week.

Emotionally – I viewed myself as a Christian with a deeper than average faith and commitment to Jesus. Yet I found myself asking God why this had happened, wanting to know His purpose for it. Through teaching from Living On The Edge’s Chip Ingram, I realized that God had placed His mark and reminder on me. It was time for the next step in my faith journey.

Per descomptat que no va ser tan fàcil! It was a lot of anguish, examen de consciència, oració, and crying that led me to one fateful night where I placed my Cauda Equina Syndrome into His hands. I wanted Him to use me however He could. He was asking to yield to Him in everything and I was finally at the point where I realized that I couldn’t do without that.

Quina és la perspectiva?

I do not know where God will take me. I do have a busy 2014 alineats! Kim and I are launching a Small Group Ministry at our church, M'estic preparant per i prendre l'examen professional de Gestió Contador, and putting my experience with Cauda Equina Syndrome I am becoming involved in a support and education non-profit for Cauda Equina Syndrome which is seeking to grow worldwide. I certainly won’t have much spare time! Not bad for someone who a few months ago was staring a lifelong disability in the face.

Sempre tindré els símptomes, Síndrome de cauda equina serà una part de mi, fins a dia de la meva mort, but it will NOT define me. It is God’s tool to keep me humble.