Cauda Equina Syndrome Personal Story David Unthank

מיין לעבן מיט קאַודאַ עקווינאַ סינדראָמע – דוד ונטהאַנק ס סטאָרי

מייַן געשיכטע, פון מיין לעבן מיט קאַודאַ עקווינאַ סינדראָמע, אין מיין אייגן ווערטער. On video. Enjoy!


וואָס געטראפן?

I was moving a concrete splash pad. Not far, נאָר 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 וואָג, 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.

אין די ווי שעה פון דער מאָרגן, 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, מיר געהאלטן דער פרי אַפּוינטמאַנט מיט די טשיראָפּראַקטאָר, with me in a wheelchair. She suspected Cauda Equina Syndrome and recommended I go directly to an Emergency Room. I did.

וואָס איז אייער פּראַקטיק עס?

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; מיר דעמאָלט ווייטיד 2 טעג פֿאַר פאַרזיכערונג האַסקאָמע מיט די מרי געשעעניש אויף פרייטאג, פעברואר 15טה.

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.

עס איז געווען קאַודאַ עקווינאַ סינדראָמע נאָך אַלע - אַ נויטפאַל כירורגיע סיטואַציע.

Problem – I was on a blood thinner and they couldn’t operate then. I stopped the med and went into the hospital on Sunday, מיט די כירורגיע די ווייַטערדיק טאָג, די 25.

וואָס כירורגיע האט איר האָבן?

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.

וואָס געטראפן ווייַטער?

איך פארבראכט אַ וואָך אין אַקוטע רעהאַב, learning how to walk and shower when you can’t balance or feel anything below the waist. Human’s use their feet, אַנגקאַלז, and legs to balance – I was getting no feedback from them. Although the surgery relieved the pain, נערוועס בלויז רעגענערירן אין וועגן 1 מם פּער טאָג, און דעריבער בלויז פֿאַר וועגן 12 - 18 months. So getting all of my feeling back was a long shot.

ווי איז דער אָפּזוך געגאנגען?

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 חדשים נאָך די שאָדן, 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.

פון קורס עס איז געווען ניט אַז גרינג! It was a lot of anguish, נשמה שאַרף, טפילע, 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.

וואָס ס די דערוואַרטונג?

I do not know where God will take me. I do have a busy 2014 ליינד אַרויף! Kim and I are launching a Small Group Ministry at our church, איך בין פּריפּערינג פֿאַר און גענומען די סערטיפיעד מאַנאַגעמענט אַקקאָונטאַנט פאַכמאַן יגזאַם, 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.

איך וועט שטענדיק האָבן סימפּטאָמס, קאַודאַ עקווינאַ סינדראָמע וועט זיין אַ טייל פון מיר ביז מיין געהאלטן ביים שטארבן טאָג, but it will NOT define me. It is God’s tool to keep me humble.