Spinal Injury Stories
Posted 07 October 2005 - 01:55 AM
I was just wondering if anyone would like to share their spinal injury stories?
I was a bit embarrassed about mine for the first couple of months and gave people the ammended version so i didnt feel like a fool.
I was in orientation week at university and went out with a few friends for a night on the town for someones birthday. When we returned back to the college residence we continued drinking in the dorm. I decided to sit outside the window on a ledge, on the 3rd floor. There was a tall skinny tree a few feet in front and i thought it would be a great story for breakfast the next day if i jumped to the tree and slid down to the bottom. I had always done random "daredevil" things as such, jumping off a train (slow moving), climbing to the roof of mcdonalds etc. Anyways i jumped and made it to the tree but the force kept my body and legs moving. This turned me almost upside down and i hit the ground on my shoulders/torso. I dislocated T8 and the doctor said it was the worst dislocation and worst stretched spinal cord he had ever seen.
So yes for the first few months i was a bit embarrassed that people would think bad of me, and some people did i heard frequent rumours of people saying "well shes the one who jumped its her fault" and well yes it was a silly thing to do but i kept telling myself that many others would have made similar mistakes and that the result was not neccessarily ALL my fault. Just as someone in a car accident who wasnt wearing a seat belt gets the blame. Maybe?
I would also like to share with you a story i heard the other day of a freak spinal injury. A man was out on a boat in the middle of the ocean, water as deep and wide as imaginable. He dived off the boat at the exact time a turtle was swimming past. The collided and he broke his neck. What are the odds?!
Posted 07 October 2005 - 12:08 PM
No need to be embarrassed, you sound like me. I had always done stupid things after a drink but nothing that seriously damaged me until I decided to dive into a lake at midnight in December, without checking that it was only knee deep. Broke my neck c5/6 - worst hangover I've ever had
Posted 07 October 2005 - 12:33 PM
it scares me today to think that i could have had a much worse injury than i have.
Posted 08 October 2005 - 01:11 AM
Try not to be so hard on yourself. We all do unadvisable things when we're young...in fact, I'm pretty sure that's part of the job requirements.
You probably don't need the extra worry or stress that any embarrassment may cause. And it's entirely possible that, by telling your story, you may cause another free and wild spirit to pause and reflect before taking on any feats of daring themselves.
So try to allow for a little self-forgiveness...I'd bet you'd extend the same to a friend, or even a stranger, in the same circumstance. Am I right? You deserve nothing less from yourself.
Female. Incomplete para following a cord stroke in '03. Spina-bifida, severe scoliosis. 18 surgeries total...five spine-related: Three fusions w/hardware, two tethered cord releases.
Posted 08 October 2005 - 06:17 PM
How old was you when you had your injury? It has been 5 years for me! I'm C2,4,5,6.. I can walk with a brace on my right leg, I can move my left leg.. I'm also driving, with a Left Foot Excerlator, it took me 2 years to get them, the DMV made a misplace on my driving license.. I lots all my friends, only have 1 true friend, I don't know what happen to my other friends.. The friend I got now I don't know what to say to her, I'm not the same me, I don't know what to do with her.. I have lots of bad days always feel alone.. My brother can't not look at me.. He was the on driving that night of my accident, he still thinks it is his fault and he say's he don't want to hurt me anymore than I'm..
I feel dumb saying this.. But it feels so good to get it out.. If u want to here more about my accident u can e-mail me at email@example.com or we can talk here..
Posted 09 October 2005 - 05:21 PM
I was injured 20 months ago in bus accident in Germany - i´m from Denmark. It was one of these buses where it i possible to sleep in. Unfortunately the driver also fell asleep and drove in to a truck which where standing stil due to an other accident. I was lying in front of the bus and broke my back at L1. The injury is complete.
I have been to the US two times since I was injured - think that it is very easy to get around over there. Anyone have any travell experience ? from Europe ???
Posted 10 October 2005 - 12:41 AM
Anyway, the exact moment he climbed under his uncle looked under and didn't see him because he was still behind a tire. As Bruce sat down his uncle climbed into the cab and took off. It folded Bruce over like a burrito. He is T12/L1 incomplete.
The accident actually did much more damage to his organs than his back or bones. He died 3 times and he had to have his spleen removed. They also had to pull all of his organs down into his gut because they tore his diaphram and ended up in his chest. He had kidney failure and was on dialysis but he is doing fine with that now.
Don't feel bad or stupid about your accident Kris...I think you sound like a load of fun!! I think Bruce's accident sounds like a bad country song!!!
Posted 11 October 2005 - 06:29 PM
I came across this site as I was looking for information on spinal cord injuries and I was truly amazed by the courage and honesty you guys show. I was looking for information in the hopes of trying to help my father, who until 3 months ago was a very healthy, active 78 y.o. man. He went into the hospital for hip surgery and came out paralyzed. Apparently, they discovered a malignant melanoma in his spinal cord which as a result let him paralyzed.
He went through 2 months of rehab and on his second day home, ended up popping his hips out and was rushed back to the hospital again, where they performed a total hip replacement.
He has been home for over 1 week now, but he just seems to be getting depressed and I am truly worried about him. He won't get dressed (just wants to stay in his hospital gown) and this is making it very difficult for him to try and transfer himself. It's almost like he has given up on even trying to do anything for himself. I know he was originally worried about his hips popping out when he would transfer himself and I totally understand that, but he now has "a brand new set of hips" and he still does not seem interested in helping himself.
Everyone in our family is trying to reassure him that things will get better once he gets into a routine (and we as a family are also trying to reassure ourselves that things will get better) and that we are all here to help with whatever he needs (both mentally and physically), but I sure could use any advice.
Kristee, you sound like you really have your head screwed on straight! I have a son the same age as you and I could see him doing exactly the same thing. He lives on the 3rd floor apartment at his university.
Posted 13 October 2005 - 02:20 AM
Posted 13 October 2005 - 06:29 AM
My brother was a harsh alcoholic back in the 1980's, it's a wonder he didn't kill anybody the way he used to drink & drive. Anyways, this time around, he was drunk in the back seat of his friend's car. Their car stalled on a bridge, & another drunk driver who just left the scene of an accident he caused, came barreling over the bridge, & rearended the car that my brother & his friends were in. Nobody else was hurt but my brother.
C2-C3 injury, the Dr's said not to hope too much!
After 2yrs of rehabilitation, etc. he pulled thru. MVA happened back in 1982. He's an incomplete, left side returned, but he's on a respirator while he sleeps. It's been a long haul, but he's still here. He used to be able to walk with a walker, but he's gotten lazy.
Can't get him motivated to do anything. Constant urinary infections, anybody know how to keep those under control? Also, can't seem to get the weight off of him now either. He's 48 years old now.
I've been his caregiver right from the start, & wouldn't have it any other way.
He's a fighter, & I hope everybody with a SCI doesn't give up hope!
Posted 13 October 2005 - 08:29 PM
But, heck, life is as good as can be expected, and you can't beat the parking!
Posted 28 October 2005 - 12:50 AM
my name is jennifer im 19 years old i have a L1 Burst Fracture. On May 20th 2005 I was in a motorcycle accident I spent 3 monthes in the hospital, I also have a 11 month old son to look after well its been 5 months and im walking useing my cane
doctors say the future looks good so just remeber never to give up
Posted 30 October 2005 - 10:53 PM
I was travelling down a road, minding my own business, and a car pulled out of a juction on my left(turning right) giving me about 20 feet to stop. I didn't manage it and collided with it just behind the front wheel and fell to the ground. They didn't stop imediatetly and proceded to run over my chest with the front wheel, crushing 5 of my ribs, breaking my collar bone and scapular too.
My level of break was T8-T10 right to left, the three vertibrae had to be fused, but now it's around T7 all over due to attrophy of the cord. I spent almost a year in hospital, 4 months on bed rest, and the rest trying to get my right arm to work as best it could.
All that was 7 years ago and i still find things frustrating, but have come to terms with the injury - although it took 3 or 4 years to truely accept it...
Posted 11 November 2005 - 03:56 PM
The past couple of years have been very hard. He has had multiple surgeries on his abdomen as a result of surgery on his bladder. In the course of the recovery from that he developed pressure sores on his hips. He had an unsuccessful flap surgery done on his right side in Feb and one on the left in July. He is scheduled to have the right side redone next week. Even through all of this he remains strong and infallible. He truly is my Superman!!
Posted 11 November 2005 - 08:31 PM
Posted 11 November 2005 - 11:53 PM
We've tried almost everything for his sores so I can give you the things we've tried and what has worked/hasn't worked....I'll give you names of everything though b/c everyone is different...what didn't work on Bruce may be your miracle.
Posted 12 November 2005 - 01:11 PM
When the lseion is incomplete you have some sensation below the injury, it is not consistently,but yes you can hae the ability to feel the touch, the pressure, pain. so I don't know why the medical staff told you it is impossible. If your goal is to walk with the level of your lesion it canbe done, but again will require very hard daily work, and a very eager rehab approach because it is not goign to happen overnight, it will take time, It is a mtter of trial and fail and find what it works for you. GOO LUCK
Posted 12 November 2005 - 03:40 PM
Have you ever tried treadmill-gait therapy?
It is a therapy where they put you in a harness over a treadmill. They start the treadmill at a very, very low speed and two people sit and move your legs for you. It helps to retrain your spinal cord to the idea of walking.
Posted 12 November 2005 - 05:07 PM
My husband Nico had a motorbike accident on 7th August 2005. He broke C4, C5, C6, T6, T8, 8 ribs, punctured lungs and laserated liver. He spent 2 weeks in ICU then was transferred to a Spinal Cord Injury Unit for rehab. He suffered from a pulmonery embalism the 2nd day there and was again in ICU. The Doctors told us to expect the worse, and the worse did happen twice, but he's such a fighter and he survived against all the odds.
Now, 14 weeks later he is showing remarkable progress. His SCI is at T6 so is paralised from chest down. We've been told to expect he'll be in rehab until at least Spring so we've a long way to go yet.
We celebrated our 1st wedding anniversary in hospital in September and I have to say I love him soooooo much words cannot describe. He's my hero, my soulmate, the love of my life and I thank God he's still with us.
xx Cat xx
Posted 13 November 2005 - 03:11 PM
Posted 13 November 2005 - 05:39 PM
It's hard work.
Posted 14 November 2005 - 06:38 PM
Hope everything's going ok at Wakefield
As you're from Yorkshire, I thought he may of been sent to Sheffield, although I did know they were very busy in August, especially the acute ward.
Anyway, if there's anything you want to ask on these forums, feel free, there's not much that one of use won't have experience of one way or another!
Posted 16 November 2005 - 01:45 AM
BUT RATHER TO SKID IN BROADSIDE, THOROUGHLY USED UP, TOTALLY WORN OUT, AND LOUDLY PROCLAIMING----WOW----WHAT A RIDE!!!
Posted 16 November 2005 - 03:08 AM
BUT RATHER TO SKID IN BROADSIDE, THOROUGHLY USED UP, TOTALLY WORN OUT, AND LOUDLY PROCLAIMING----WOW----WHAT A RIDE!!!
Posted 16 November 2005 - 03:36 AM
I'm glad to hear you came out of it the second time without much more damage than you retained the first time!
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