Cauda Equina Syndrome Personal Story David Unthank

Ang akong Kinabuhi Uban sa Cauda Equina Syndrome – David Unthank ni Sugilanon

Ang akong istorya, sa akong kinabuhi uban sa Cauda Equina Syndrome, sa akong kaugalingon nga mga pulong. On video. Enjoy!


Unsa ang nahitabo sa?

I was moving a concrete splash pad. Not far, lang 18 inches. I tried to lift and slide it… not good. I stood it up on its end and walked it – perfect. 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 scale, 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.

Sa diyot ka oras sa buntag, 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, kita nagbantay sa sayo sa appointment sa mga Chiropractor, with me in a wheelchair. She suspected Cauda Equina Syndrome and recommended I go directly to an Emergency Room. I did.

Unsa ang inyong mga kasinatian didto?

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; kita unya naghulat 2 mga adlaw alang sa pag-uyon uban sa insurance sa mga MRI nga nahitabo sa Biyernes, Feb 15th.

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.

Kini mao ang Cauda Equina Syndrome human sa tanan - sa usa ka emergency nga sitwasyon operasyon.

Problem – I was on a blood thinner and they couldn’t operate then. I stopped the med and went into the hospital on Sunday, uban sa operasyon sa mosunod nga mga adlaw, ang ika-25 nga.

Unsa nga operasyon wala kamo adunay?

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.

Unsa ang nahitabo sa sunod nga?

Migahin ko og usa ka semana sa Mahait rehab, learning how to walk and shower when you can’t balance or feel anything below the waist. Human’s use their feet, buolbuol, and legs to balance – I was getting no feedback from them. Although the surgery relieved the pain, nerves lamang sa pagpabag-o sa bahin sa 1mm kada adlaw, ug unya lamang alang sa bahin sa 12 - 18 mga bulan. So getting all of my feeling back was a long shot.

Sa unsang paagi nga ang recovery paingon?

Physically – After Rehab came Physical Therapy. Some normal feeling returned to parts of my thighs. The rest stayed numb or got tingly painful. Now, 10 ka bulan human sa kadaot, 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.

Siyempre kini nga sayon! It was a lot of anguish, kalag nga nagsusi, sa pag-ampo, 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.

Unsa ang panglantaw?

I do not know where God will take me. I do have a busy 2014 naglinya! Kim and I are launching a Small Group Ministry at our church, Ako sa pag-andam alang sa ug sa pagkuha sa mga Certified Management Accountant propesyonal nga eksamin, 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.

Ako sa kanunay adunay simtomas, Cauda Equina Syndrome mahimong usa ka bahin sa kanako hangtud nga ang akong mamatay sa adlaw, but it will NOT define me. It is God’s tool to keep me humble.