國際消費電子展 | 月 8 馬尾綜合徵

ces awarenss wristband我的 8 month with 馬尾綜合徵 is in the books now and what a month! We moved back to our old house on Sep 6 and began the process of unpacking. 我從九月告假 6 - 15 所以我可以幫助監視舉動 (,甚至一點點幫助。) We’ve been taking it slowly, metering our energy and pain levels out. My wife and I enjoyed our time together immensely. We did our devotional times together and then discussed it in depth, often spending an hour or more a day on it. We found out that there is a lot of truth in the statement, “The closer a couple gets to God, the closer they get to each other.” We had a great time of reconnecting in a relaxed atmosphere. We sure needed this time!

Just prior to the end of Month 7, I reached a low point in battling CES. The long days of physical challenge, the emotional toll, and the strain on my wife as well came to a head. I didn’t know it then, but God was preparing me for what was just days away. He broke me down completely as I spent several hours one night, sobbing and crying out to Him. I was looking for answers and understanding. 終於, I was spent physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually. Then there was nothing. No prompting, no comfort, no answers. I fell asleep.

Blessed be your nameImmediately upon waking the following morning, I knew God had answered. His peace was on me like never before and I felt His comfort wrapping me. Not a in a physical sense, but just knowing, throughout my being, that He had heard and was showing His love for me. It changed my outlook on life, my Cauda Equina Syndrome, and much more. I even changed the title of this blog. You can read more about it here - http://wp.me/p3A64Y-7V

During the study my wife and I were doing together after moving, each of us (另) came to a realization that we had slowly taken back our lives from God and that He was calling us back to fully committing to Him. We explored the depth of that commitment because it was clear that it was far more than we had ever considered it to be. As we each pondered it that day, the Word sank in. That evening, I told my wife that I had decided to go all in – yielding my life to God for His purposes. She had made the same decision. We rejoiced together.

在月 8, I also came to the end of the road for legal action regarding my Cauda Equina Syndrome. I had 2 separate law firms look at the case for a possible malpractice claim. Both attorneys say that without doubt there was 醫療事故 committed on me. 然而, under Ohio law, the “value” of a medical malpractice case is determined by how much better your outcome would have been if the malpractice made a difference. I have been very blessed by the Lord in my recovery thus far. Most who are afflicted with Cauda Equina Syndrome are left mostly or totally disabled for the rest of their lives – dealing with pain, numbness/lack of feeling, bladder and bowel problems and sexual dysfunction.

I’ve pushed hard since my surgery, spending a week in Acute Rehab at the hospital then 2 months of outpatient 物理療法. I’ve done my stretches and exercises faithfully. I willed myself back to work and worked through pain for several months. My recovery, by objective standards, has been remarkable. My prognosis at the time of the surgery was in the worst possible outcome category due to the malpractice and delay in diagnosing and treating the CES. God fooled them all. I still have all of the above problems, but they are quite manageable with proper treatment and sensible limitations on my activities. I’m in the top 5% of outcome possibilities. So you can see that had the malpractice not occurred, my actual outcome wouldn’t be much, if any, better than it has been. Legally, that means the malpractice didn’t matter. I will be dealing with these symptoms and restrictions for the rest of my life but because I am doing better than I should, it isn’t worth anything. You know what? I’ll take my recovery over having done poorly enough to have a good malpractice case – ANY DAY!!!

The week after my wife and I committing and yielding fully to the Lord was one of great spiritual attack upon us. Everything that could go wrong did, 10 times over it did. And then some! I’ve never seen anything like it in my 55 歲月. We were so overwhelmed with PROBLEMS that arose with everything, from fighting with an unscrupulous business, to insurance issues with health, home, life and auto insurances, to mail going missing (it took one important letter 20 days to make it 40 miles), pharmacy orders disappearing in transit (and unable to reach anyone in the company to fix it), to car problems, and much, much more!

起初, we fell back to our old ways and began to feel overwhelmed and angry. But God wasn’t going to let us go back to what we were. He showed us that it was a spiritual attack and calmed us with His comfort. You know what, He was right. None of it surprised Him, He has our lives so He can do whatever He wants with them, and the result was amazing. We put out a prayer request and many people from all over the country prayed. We were protected and the attacks ceased.

In the rest of Month 8, I’m now commuting 100 miles a day, round trip. I can make the trip in to work in just 45 分鐘. 然而, the trip home takes about 65-75 分鐘. In the old days (last month), I would have worked myself up in a tizzy with Road Rage in that time! 現在, God is in control of when I get to work and when I get home. I just enjoy talking with Him and being courteous to the other drivers who are desperately frazzled. I used to pride myself on my “excellent” driving skills allowing me to move through traffic quicker than others. Now I drive to help others, even though they won’t often know it. And I get a much bigger charge out of the new way!

Charles Spurgeon (C.H. Spurgeon)
Charles Spurgeon (C.H. Spurgeon) (圖片來源: 維基百科)

In summary, at the end of Month 8, life is good. It certainly isn’t what I would have designed or wanted from the individual aspects. But the whole of what God has made of my life and done in me with His relationship with me, is great! I love my wife more than I ever knew one could love. And the love for my Christian family has multiplied many times over. My life is now focused on how I can help others as I go through life knowing that God’s desire for me is to become, in words, 想法, and actions, an extension of Jesus. When others interact with me, they must see Jesus and His love for them. This is what drives me now. It is what should drive all who call themselves Christians. Charles Spurgeon once said, Every Christian is either a missionary or an imposter.” Which are you?

月 8 = more normal feeling, more changing of tingly not painful into tingly painful (this means movement towards normal feeling), and better bowel & bladder activity. I was told the nerves would regenerate for a year with most of the regeneration occurring in the first 6 個月. I’d had no significant changes since Month 2. Maybe I was too busy fighting Cauda Equina Syndrome rather than living with it. I’m not going to say that this is a reward from God for yielding to Him because I don’t believe He operates that way. He loves us all and wants us all to trust in Jesus, first for salvation and secondly for life. All that He allows or causes in our lives are to bring us to those two goals – first to rely on Jesus’ death in our place as the only way we can have a right relationship with Him and live with Him in Heaven one day. Once we have done that, God focuses all of His resources towards us to make us into images of Jesus – we are molded to have kind and loving words like Jesus, have gracious and generous thoughts like Jesus, and not WWJD (What Would Jesus Do?) but WDJD – What Did Jesus Do? How did He act with love for others and for the Father? Not what we think He would act like regarding something today, instead acting out of His love in ALL things.

什麼一個月! What a life! Thanks for reading, my family, my friends, and my extended family in His Spirit.

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冤 – 我的馬尾症候群法律故事

Malpractice - 165/365 ecause實屬罕見, 有些誰開發 馬尾綜合徵 是受害者 醫療事故. 軼事典故比比皆是, 還有一些記載的人, 的CES上被帶到上或不當行為而惡化. Given the laws covering malpractice in varying jurisdictions and the variability of each person's CES, 如果存在的情況下沒有人可以肯定,或將如何轉出. 這是我的故事. 已審核通過 2 俄亥俄州的律師誰在馬尾綜合徵糾紛案件的經驗. You won't like what it says about our legislatures, 法制, 當然醫生教育.

我的馬尾綜合徵開始與我的傷. 內 10 我的CES症狀出現的時間, 我在急診室中的Westerville, OH. 醒來後在二月的早晨 12, 2013, 我發現,我不但有夜前的嚴重的背部和坐骨神經痛, 但現在我是從腰部往下NUMB! 我不能喪失我的膀胱也屙. 我不能動我的腳 這些 3也下不來,沒有在我的腳和腳踝的感覺, 我不能平衡. 這是馬尾綜合徵的所有典型症狀. 幸運的是我們有一個輪椅 (而一些成人紙尿褲) 和剛結束 10 上午, 我在輪椅來到了急診室.

我們被告知,這是ER快速,高效, 而據接近誰懷疑馬尾綜合徵,醫生的辦公室,並把我們送到了急診室 (具體方向有一個MRI完成。) 到達急診室後立即, 我被推進到一個考場,我從我的輪椅轉移到了考試表. 我的命脈被帶到並分配給我的男護士進來了初步評估. He stood about 5' 4", 關於 150 英鎊, 愉快. 個人誰開始詢問我的症狀. 與我提的馬尾綜合徵, 他問我是不是失禁. 我說, "沒有. I can't go!" 然後,他問我要站起來. I told him I couldn't. 我知道我會摔倒在右, not because my legs wouldn't support me but because I had no balance. 我知道,他的小框將被壓垮我 6 一尺多高, 325 英鎊身體. No way he can stop me from falling over if he doesn't prevent it to start with. 我告訴他這樣, 但他堅持. 結果可想而知. 上站起來, 我立刻開始傾斜 (離他而去, 自然) 而在我去. 護士再也不能阻止它. 在一個固定的辦公桌前的椅子上滾了符合我的運動. 我能搶到椅子的背面,因為它滾到桌子, 它鎖定在,我能阻止我的秋天. 他問我,如果再我失禁. 我回答,因為我以前有. 這結束了最初的考試.

過了一會兒,護士回來了. 他告訴我說,急診室的醫生已經為我訂購了核磁共振檢查. MRI機器是位於俄亥俄州的這個醫療衛生校園的另一端,並且沒有幾乎一開口我 4 小時. 我不得不等待, 上檢查台, 疼痛, 在那之前. 護士也檢查了我幾次, 有一次把我一對夫婦更換尿布是我的膀胱充滿了那麼多有人洩露 (I still couldn't go!) 感激地, 我的妻子有一些小吃在她的錢包,我已經沒有食物了 10 那天小時 - 對糖尿病不好! 從來沒有人問我是不是餓了, 儘管我在那裡吃午飯的時間. 周圍 2:15 P.M. 護士來了,把我的MRI機. 正如我們在輪動, 我看得出來,機器是舊的類型是非常小. 我沒想到我會適應. 他們告訴我的測試將持續約 45 分鐘,我需要躺下盡可能保持平穩 (如果您對自己的痛苦,在一個容易做的 10 而你是不是藥 - 不). 我被放入機器,我並適應, 然而, 當我試著呼吸,

The opening in a GE Signa MRI machine
在GE Signa的MRI機器開幕 (圖片來源: 維基百科)

我不能完全展開我的胸口採取了口氣. 我能得到不超過 1/2 機器的收縮之前一口氣阻止我胸口的進一步擴大. 經過多次局部呼吸, 我知道我無法呼吸這樣的 45 分鐘. 我告訴他們,我是從機器中取出 - 這只是一個有點小. 當我被推回急診室, 護士告訴了我更大的機器, 開放式MRI 在該區域的機器. 他說,, "我們可以幫你進入其中的一個. We'll see what we can do about that." 我回到了檢查台上等待. 一個半小時​​過去了,在我沒有人檢查. 那麼急診室醫生趕到. 他告訴我他是誰,他一直負責照顧我. 然後,他問了我兩次,如果我是大小便失禁. 我再次報以, "沒有大小便失禁, I can't go!" 然後他說:, "你不要有馬尾綜合徵. 因為我們是一個急診室,你的情況是不是緊急, 我們無法向您推薦的門診MRI設備. I'm going to give you a prescription for Percocet and a referral to our group's back specialist, 對於第一個可用的預約. 他可以為了一個MRI你。" 隨著他走了.

不久, 一個人走了進來,告訴我的妻子和我說 2 更多的人會進來, 一個具有放電的論文和另一輪我出去設施. 關於 3:15, 女子與處方放電紙進來. 放紙說我應該回到急診室,如果我的任何症狀變得更糟還是我開發這些症狀:

"疼痛加重, 腹痛, 發燒, 很難控制腸道/膀胱, 或任何進一步的關注。"

這是對的指示一頁.

另一頁聲明此:

"您應該尋求 就醫 立即, 無論是在這裡還是在最近的 急診科, 如果任一下列情形之一的:

  • 腸道或膀胱失控 (濕自己,你的土壤).
  • 行走無力或用戶你的腿的弱點(s) 或手臂(s).
  • 痛不痛藥緩解.
  • 發燒 (體溫超過 100.5 ˚F) 或寒戰.
  • 劇烈的疼痛落戶在一個特定的椎骨 (骨) 在你的背部。"

我笑了,當我讀到這些! Well as much as one can laugh while in the worst pain I've ever felt. 我 已經有 大多數這些返回或得到立即關注症狀!! 該女子說,這些都是為椎間盤突出只是普通的出院指導,而不是具體的我.

該減壓手術大部分的醫療文獻的狀態,必須在完成 24-48 小時的結果是差遠了. 一旦這些 48 小時都走了, you're pretty well going to wind up disabled for the rest of your life. 所以說,文學. I can tell you right now that that is not always the case as I'm living proof, 但那是另一個故事.

其他醫學文獻說,手術必須在完成 6-12 小時以實現的結果. Still other studies say that time to surgery doesn't affect the outcome. 為什麼這樣的分歧? 馬尾綜合徵是罕見的. 沒有人知道到底有罕見, 但我估計可用的研究將表明,每年不超過幾百個新病例多在美國.

它最終花了 2 要執行週我的手術. 在濱江衛理公會醫院在哥倫布手術, OH順利, 我經歷急性康復手術後去那裡一個星期. 然後,我經歷 15 物理治療在NovaCare在會議的Westerville, OH. 我的結果是,我又有些正常的感覺,在我的腰部有點在我的大腿和我的小腿. 我有痛苦刺痛了我的大腿等部位,並在我的腳. 除非經壓制我的小腿大多是麻木 - 那麼我可以告訴肌肉抽筋了腿, but the good part is that I can't feel the cramps. 我做伸展,每天數次為小腿和腿筋. 我用視覺平衡和腿部無力已經減弱, 即. 實力已經恢復, 到這種地步,我可以步行約 500 腳拄著拐杖和有關 125 腳求告無門. 腸和膀胱功能是它們的功能, I just can't control them or tell when I have to go - 我得到驚喜. 我試著去定期以避免意外,我可以告訴大多數的時候,我的膀胱越來越接近洩漏點. 我上大便的大部分時間報警的一兩分鐘, but I don't generally feel them.

換句話說, 我的延遲手術應該給我留下傷殘, 在床上, cathing自己, 和止痛藥. 我全職工作, am ambulatory over short distances don't need cathing, 而我對輕度, 非麻醉性止痛藥. 簡而言之, 我的恢復已經很大. 其中最好的. 然而, 我還有一個是物理的挑戰和鬥爭生活的日常. That won't change, but that's okay (主題的另一個故事。) 我做了很多不知道的,如果我會得到恢復正常, 或基本正常, 曾經我很快做了手術, 內 48 小時. 感覺,我從急診室醫生接受的護理是疏忽, 我把一切哥倫布, OH律師. 他呼籲在克利夫蘭另一位律師, 俄亥俄州的第二個意見.

他們都一致認為,醫療事故承諾, 該急診醫生 "丟球" 作為律師之一,把它. 然而, 由於該標準在俄亥俄州醫療事故索賠, both attorneys felt that proving that the doctor's negligence greatly affected my outcome (我真的很遠好於預期的事實結果) 將在法庭上難以逾越的挑戰. 因為這是真正推動任何結算金額的部分, and thus the attorney's fees, 我的顯著, 有福的恢復使得追求急診醫生的醫療事故和過失不可行. 如果我沒有推收回, I could have gotten a nice settlement... I'll take my recovery anytime!

So the summary is that the laws in Ohio say that what I've been through, 並會通過我的餘生, 相當於什麼. 我們的法律體系是這樣的,只有賺錢的情況下被追. 而我們的醫療制度不育醫, 護士, 和第一反應充分,也不讓他們更新. 有急診醫生意識到,膀胱瀦留而不僅僅是尿失禁是一個指標, 我們本來是金. 該信息對於保持中獲得廣泛應用在互聯網上,並在醫學期刊.

打折正確診斷的基礎上, 1 症狀是不是我想要的醫生. 我覺得正義已經失去了這一個. 然而, 我在平安這個,因為我與這個職位 - 我的博客標題改變,但仍有約馬尾綜合徵和Me.

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博客標題改變,但仍有約馬尾症候群 & 我

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 馬尾綜合徵 (國際消費電子展) thus far, but I had no idea where my faith journey was heading. 是的, 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 "fighting" or "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. 終於, 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. In the end, they accomplished what we needed leaving a small mound where the tree had been, 然而, 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. 現在, 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 "我的生活馬尾綜合徵" and thus the new name for my blog.


 

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