I was looking at a picture on my phone the other day, cleaning off those that have been transferred to the computer. I came across a picture I took of 2 men ice fishing on Indian Lake. I didn't know why I had kept that particular photo. Then I saw the date - 02/09/2013.
I didn't know it, but my life was about to be altered forever. The next day, while doing yard work, I moved a concrete splash pad a couple of feet. Unknown to me was that a disc in my back, the L4/L5 disc, had ruptured. It was pushing forward, into the Cauda Equina, the place where your spinal cord splits off into the root nerves that run throughout your body below your waist. As it pushed, the nerves compressed.
You may read about Cauda Equina Syndrome on another page of this site. I have adapted to a new life, a different life. So this is a celebration! Another anniversary in the books and I am still living a useful life - loving my wife, working, teaching, mentoring and striving to leave a positive & challenging legacy for that time when I no longer can do the things on this list.
It has been a long, slow trip, but we're back in the clear! It has been a long while since I've posted. Life has been very, very busy for us for much too long. Some of what was faced dictated that it would be better to remove this website and youtube videos from public view. For that, I am indeed sorry.
My youtube video has almost 700 views on it, so now it is onward and upward to 1000! Getting the word out about life with CES. Based on interaction on the internet, it is more common than doctors imagine. It isn't, however, a sentence to your bed or a wheelchair for the rest of your life. Maybe not even pain!
For now, I only write this short note. More coming soon!
I'm attending a very interesting class at church on Sunday mornings. It is based on the Body of Evidence study by Answers In Genesis. Our class is being led by a member who is a physical therapist. My wife has a degree in Biology and she is also finding the class interesting (having not used her degree much in the last 36 years.)
In one session recently, our class leader was talking about the different classifications of either some systems of the body, or tissue types, or parts, or something which I don't remember. In any event, I remember thinking, "With my Cauda Equina Syndrome, or from age, my body parts now fall into 2 classifications -"