Blog título cambiado, pero todavía sobre el síndrome de cauda equina & me

Yo have changed the title of my blog. Why? Not out of boredom or just liking change, much has happened since my last post. I'll soon post about it, but for now we can say that the Lord has changed my view of what has happened to me... and His immediate purposes behind it.

My faith has seen me through this "Battle" with Cauda Equina Syndrome (CES) thus far, but I had no idea where my faith journey was heading. Sí, I wondered why this had happened, what God wanted me to learn and how I should view it. We all know that bad things happen to good people and good things happen to bad people. We always want to know why and often the answer we get is that we may never know why in this lifetime so we just have to live with it. I've heard a lot over the years about people with terrible injuries and diseases "lucha" o "battling" those things which seek to either ruin or take their life. Friends and relatives have been touched by, and some lost to, injuries or disease. Now it is my turn.

What I came to realize is that I had stopped growing spiritually and I was barely being effective in God's Kingdom. God wanted so much more from me but I had succumbed to "The Rat Race" and devoted myself to my work. Don't get me wrong, work is important, but so much more had suffered. My relationship with my wife, my time and service to God and the joy was gone from my life. Through this time of a changed life, where the daily routine of getting up and going to work is a draining physical challenge for me, I've seen myself as battling CES as though my faith, grit and determination were being tested. While they were being tested, that wasn't all. My focus had been on recovering far more than the doctors and physical therapists ever thought I could, further than the medical research said I could. I was going to win my "Battle". I didn't, and don't, hold out the idea of a complete recovery but my goal has been to be able to walk without assistance again - a lofty goal for someone with CES.

It was my attitude that needed changing. I saw this as a challenge where my faith would see me through and coming out the other side of this I would give the credit to God. I would be a faithful soldier in His service. Nothing wrong with that, but... God wanted me. All of me. He has wanted all of me for a long time. I thought I had given myself to Him fully many years ago. He has used me in so many ways everywhere I've lived. But as I said, I had slowly slipped back in to taking His blessings and running with it for my own purposes without even considering His. My wife tried to help me see it, but I was too focused on my goal - which had been so out of reach and now, because of God's blessing, was within my grasp. My attitude had slowly changed and was no longer good. God's smackdown on me physically also affected me emotionally, mentally and spiritually as well. Eventualmente, everything was stripped away but the spiritual. I found that I had taken myself back from God and He was calling me to give myself completely to Him. Only this time, I understand there is much more depth in this commitment than I ever thought possible before.

In the Ohio derecho storms of June 29, 2012, we lost an old Ash tree that was 85 feet in length. Two men gave us a really good quote on cutting up the tree, removing the stump, and hauling it all away. They figured they could do it in 2 days, 6 hours a day . The stump was incredibly stubborn. Once they started on it, they found it had thick roots running out in all directions for many, many feet. It was too thick for their saws. They chopped at it with axes and worked 3 days from morning till dark. They even had another person come help. And still the stump remained. Finally they rented a stump grinder and did their best. That stump beat them badly for days. Al final, they accomplished what we needed leaving a small mound where the tree had been, sin embargo, there are still roots under that mound. And they had spent over 40 hours on the project. Their quote earned them less than $6 per hour.

That's how it is when I first gave myself "fully" to God. I saw what looked like full commitment and made that commitment. Over time, there was more and more revealed but I had my goals and dreams too and there was no time, no room, for truly giving myself to God as fully as He wanted. In time, I took back what I had given Him. Suddenly, this year, God changed all of that. Stricken with an injury that would change the rest of my life, taking away many of the things I wanted to do and accomplish, I now had time for Him. I've learned that He wants all of me, and I've made that commitment to Him. Ahora, whatever recovery I have is fine with me. Of course being who I am, I will still be pushing for the best results possible. As with many whom God used in the past, He has place His mark of ownership on me - my CES. It is a reminder of whose I am, whose strength I depend on, and who has complete control of my life. We are not to give God a little, or even a large, part in our lives. He wants our whole life to be a part of His. He wants to live out His life through us. That's what the Bible means when Paul wrote in the 8th Chapter of Romans that we who believe are being shaped and molded by God to be just like Jesus. Not just our character, but character drives motivation, and out of motivation comes actions. God uses the events in our lives to transform us (Romans 12), and He transforms us into people who think, act, speak, and love just like Jesus. Why? So He can reach people who don't know, or those who don't care about His love.

No wonder so many in America today don't want anything to do with Christianity or church - look at how we Christians live! That isn't God's plan. Time for me to get with the plan. And I no longer fight CES, but it is a mark of ownership on me and of my commitment to God. So it is now "Mi vida con el síndrome de cauda equina" and thus the new name for my blog.


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  1. […] Me reí cuando leí estos! Bueno tanto como uno puede reírse, mientras que en el peor dolor que he sentido nunca. I already had most of these return or get immediate attention symptoms!! La mujer dijo que se trataba de instrucciones para el alta sólo genéricos para hernias de disco y no es específica de mí. La mayoría de los estados de la literatura médica que la cirugía descompresiva se deben hacer dentro de 24-48 horas o el resultado es mucho peor. Una vez que los 48 horas se han ido, que está bastante bien va a terminar con discapacidad para el resto de su vida. Así lo afirma la literatura. Les puedo decir ahora mismo que eso no es siempre el caso, ya que soy la prueba viviente, pero esa es otra historia. Otro literatura médica dice que la cirugía debe realizarse dentro de 6-12 horas para efectuar el resultado. Sin embargo, otros estudios dicen que el tiempo de la cirugía no afecta el resultado. ¿Por qué tal divergencia? Síndrome de cauda equina es poco frecuente. Nadie sabe exactamente cómo es raro, pero mi investigación de las estimaciones disponibles indicaría no más de unos pocos cientos de casos nuevos al año en los EE.UU.. En última instancia, tomó 2 semana para mi cirugía a realizar. La cirugía en el Hospital Metodista Riverside en Columbus, OH fue bien, Pasé por aguda Rehab allí durante una semana después de la cirugía. Luego me fui a través de 15 sesiones de terapia física en NovaCare en Westerville, Ohio. Mi resultado es que tengo un sentimiento normal de nuevo en mi área de la cintura un poco en mis muslos y en las espinillas. Tengo un hormigueo doloroso en otras partes de los muslos y en los pies. Mis terneros son en su mayoría adormecida menos que se presione a – entonces puedo decir a los músculos de las piernas son pequeñas hasta, pero la parte buena es que no puedo sentir los calambres. Yo estiramientos varias veces al día para los terneros y los isquiotibiales. Yo uso la visión para el equilibrio y la debilidad de las piernas ha disminuido, es decir. fuerza ha regresado, hasta el punto en que puedo caminar sobre 500 pies con un bastón y unos 125 pies sin ayuda. Intestino y la vejiga funcionamiento es que funcionan, Simplemente no puedo controlarlos o decir cuando me tengo que ir – Consigo sorpresas. Trato de ir en un horario regular para evitar sorpresas y te puedo decir la mayor parte del tiempo en que mi vejiga se está acercando al punto de fuga. Tengo un minuto o dos de advertencia en los movimientos de intestino la mayor parte del tiempo, pero yo no los siento en general. En otras palabras, mi cirugía diferida debería haberme quedado discapacitados, en la cama, cathing mí, y sobre los analgésicos. Trabajo a tiempo completo, am ambulatoria en distancias cortas no necesitan cathing, y estoy en leve, analgésicos no narcóticos. En breve, mi recuperación ha sido muy bueno. Uno de los mejores. Sin embargo, Todavía tengo una vida de cada día de ser un reto físico y lucha. Eso no va a cambiar, pero eso está bien (tema de otra historia.) Hice un montón de preguntarse si habría conseguido volver a la normalidad, o casi normal, si yo hubiera tenido una cirugía rápidamente, dentro 48 horas. Sensación de que la atención que he recibido del médico de urgencias fue negligente, Tomé todo para un Colón, OH abogado. Hizo un llamado a otro abogado en Cleveland, OH para una segunda opinión. Ambos estuvieron de acuerdo en que la negligencia se cometió, que el médico de urgencias “dejado caer la pelota” como uno de los abogados de ponerlo. Sin embargo, debido a los estándares de las demandas por negligencia en Ohio, ambos abogados sintieron que probar que la negligencia del médico afectó mucho mi resultado (mi realmente mucho mejor de lo previsto por los hechos resultado) sería un desafío insuperable en la corte. Ya que es la parte que realmente impulsa la cantidad en dólares de cualquier acuerdo, y por lo tanto los honorarios del abogado, my remarkable recovery makes pursuing the malpractice and negligence of the ER doctor not feasible. Así que el resumen es que las leyes en Ohio dicen que lo que yo he pasado, y pasará por el resto de mi vida, asciende a la nada. Nuestro sistema legal es tal que se persiguen los casos sólo lucrativos. Y nuestro sistema médico no educa a los médicos, enfermeras, y los primeros en responder adecuadamente ni tampoco mantenerlos actualizados. El médico de urgencias se había dado cuenta de que la retención de la vejiga y la incontinencia no sólo es un indicador, nos hubiera sido de oro. La información con respecto a la retención está ampliamente disponible en Internet y en las revistas médicas. Para descartar el diagnóstico correcto sobre la base de 1 síntoma no es lo que quiero en un médico. Siento que la justicia ha perdido en éste. Sin embargo, Estoy en paz con esto, ya que me relaciono en este post – Mi Blog Título cambió pero todavía alrededor de síndrome de cauda equina y Me. […]

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