My sister is just like this man. I have a disabled nephew- her first born- and while she was upset and even devastated when he was diagnosed with Angelman's Syndrome- she never once hesitated for a second when it came to not giving up on her son. She fought the government for the things and therapies that they all told her would do no good, and she insisted that he would learn to walk and he took his first steps at 9 years old. I can remember the day when he stood up and walked, all by himself, astounding us all- except for her of course, she knew he would- one day.
When she was diagnosed with Acute Lymphocyctic Leukemia- the same kind that killed our oldest brother when we were all children- when everyone else fell apart, she told us all not to be afraid, she would beat this too- and she has.
If you knew my sister before she had her son, she was selfish and self centered and most of the time , I didn't like to be around her. I don't know where she found the strength and determination to deal with the things she has to, each day, but instead of not wanting to be around her, I want to be her , when I grow up.
PLIF/TLIF Fusion w/Instrumentation L4-5 Spondololysthesis L4-5.Laminectomies L4-5, foraminal stenosis L3-4, L4-5, L5-S1, herniations L3-4, L4-5, L5-S1, central canal stenosis L3-4, L4-5 and L5-S1
POST OP CES 3/30-06
Neurogenic Bladder and Bowel, bilateral numbness legs and feet
Revision for failed Back surgery, pseudoarthrosis L4-5, hemilaminectomies L3-4, L4-5, L5-S1, bmp added to revision fusion, replaced two bent screws that were reversing out of vertebrae - August 2, 2007
On going back pain and neuropathic pain, failed back surgery, consult for scs, decided not to do that at this point.
Adhesive Arachnoiditis also......just what I didn't need..9/08- adding bilateral ulnar neuropathy with severe compression to the mix. They want me to see a surgeon for ulnar nerve surgery, but I'm not biting.
I've seen enough surgeons over the last few years.
Avascular necrosis of left wrist- maybe hips too