I just got off the phone with my wife. One of our good friends was working on his house yesterday on a ladder and while coming down, lost his balance and fell about 6 feet right on his back.
He is in the hospital now with a good portion of his spine shattered. From early reports its from about T5 down to the Lumbar discs. They did emergency surgery to remove vertebrae and disc fragments away from the nerve.
Right now, he has no feeling from the knees down. The surgeon has painted a pretty grim picture. He believes that the paralysis is permanent and that in fact it could go higher up to his waist level.
I just saw him the other day in our wine shop. We were talking about when my boat is ready so we can do evening cocktail/dinner cruises. Now, he just might be faced with
It can happen oh so fast. You know so many times we take things for granted and we fret over little things.
My heart is down, not only because he is a good friend, but because I do know the pain/suffering a spinal patient has to go through. But his is worse. I know that I will need to spend time with him talking to him and just being there as a friend.
Ron DiLauro Spine-Health System Administrator I am not a medical professional. I comment on personal experiences