My Name is Char and I live in Northern CA.
I Have been Married 40 Yrs. on the 6th of Dec. My Hubby and I have been together
43 yrs this month! We have 4 Children 2 Girls and Two Boys, 10 Grandchildren
5 Boys and 5 Girls and Two Great Grand Sons and Hopefully a Great Granddaughter
due in April!!
MY OCCUPATION I WAS A MENTAL HEALTH CASE MANAGER. I LOVED
MY JOB CAUSE I LOVED BEING ABLE TO HELP PEOPLE. I WORKED AT A PSYCHE
REHAB CENTER FOR 5150'S. IT WAS A VERY REWARDING JOB FOR THE EXCEPTION
OF TONS OF PAPERWORK, BUT I DID IT WILLINGLY!! UGG LOL
I am Completely Disabled and have been since a Car Accident in 2002
which I hit a 30 FT. Pine Tree after losing Control of my car after hitting Gravel
and spinning out of Control. When I hit the Tree it Launched My Little
97 Tracker about 15 FT into the Air and When I came down it was on Top of
The ER Brake! I Broke 2 Vertebrae and Blew 3 Disks!
Since 2003 I Have had 6 Back Surgeries 4 was because of Broken Rods.
Yes Titanium does Break and for no good reason! It's called Shoddy
Workmanship from the Manufacturer. My Last Break was in June of 2011
I was Standing in My Dining Room looking in the big mirror Putting Eye Shadow
on when Out of the Blue A Pain Hit Me so Severely It Knocked Me clear to the Floor!
Two Of My Rods Break at the upper middle of My Spine!!
It was Insane! I was home with My 7 Yr.Old Granddaughter and My Hubby had gone
Grocery Shopping!! I Was unable to Move from that Position until My Hubby got home
with Our Sons. Then Lifted and Carried Me to the Car! Immediately taking Me to ER!
I was in Horrific Pain!! They took a CT Scan and saw the Breaks right away!
But My Neurosurgeon ordered an MRI which took Me a Month to get done, i couldn't lay
on my back at all the pain was to great i would just scream in agony!
They finally had to give Me injections so I could lay still!! even after finally getting the test done
that new receptionist didn't give him the reports, then he was out of the country
Talk about excruciating Pain. I went through Horrible Horrible
Spasms Daily that went through my chest my stomach and my Back!! At least 20 to 30 times a day!
I even called UCSF in San Francisco trying to get a hold of my Dr.
But this Receptionist made Me an Appt. for 6 Months out! For Nov.7th
My Rods Broke June 25th.2011 I went to a Pain Management Dr. She gave Me Injections in
My Spine but Nothing Helped,She said Char there is something more going on Here.
Obviously they didn't see the complete breaks!
I was in such agony daily!! Finally On Nov. 7th My Dr. and I sat Down He had My Test results in Hand
and He looked at Me and with Tears in His Eyes He said Char I wish To God I could take all The Pain Away
that You have gone through in All this Time. But We have to Be realistic I can't So we have to go on and I can
fix this!! So on Nov. 18th One week from Being Six Months since my breaks He did My Surgery
He said I was so Lucky that the Broken Rods didn't Tear through My Vitals!
He took out a 8 inch Titanium Rod and a 12 inch Titanium Rod and Replaced them with a 16 inch Titanium Rod and a 20 inch Titanium Rod and Brackets to go along with the two 22 inch Titanium Rods and the 30 two inch screws and the two 3 inch Extenders and the Titanium Caging!
I wanted to File a Law Suit for Product Liability with a Pro Bono Attorney. But My Life got turned upside down.
I got really ill and then I lost my 3 Parents all this yr. so I DIDN'T but I am looking Still!!
This was My Worse Break Yet!
I Have been in More Pain in the last couple Months than I have in a while so I saw My Neurosurgeon on
Halloween . I have a Screw Lose in My Lower Spine on the Left inner side !
Wow More Bad News! I DIDN'T THINK MUCH OF IT EXCEPT THE HORRIBLE PAIN I HAVE BEEN IN AND IT'S GETTING WORSE. IT SEEMS THAT HAVING A SCREW LOOSE IN MY SPINE COULD CAUSE AN INFECTION CALLED SEPSIS, IF THIS DID HAPPEN TO ME IT COULD BE THE WORSE THING EVER. I WOULD POSSIBLY HAVE TO HAVE EVERYTHING TAKEN OUT OF MY SPINE MY 4 RODS AND ALL THE SCREWS, BRACKETS ALL OF IT!! SO THE ALTERNATIVE IS TO LET THEM GO BACK IN AND TAKE THE SCREW OUT AND GOD KNOWS WHAT! I AM NOT JUMPING INTO THIS WITH BOTH FEET UNTIL I KNOW EXACTLY WHAT THEY ARE GOING TO DO TO ME! I HAVE HAD 6 BACK SURGERIES AND I DON'T RELISH THE IDEA OF A 7TH. IN FACT IT SCARES THE HELL OUT OF ME!
AT THIS POINT I DON'T HAVE MUCH OF A CHOICE! SO AS I SAID BEFORE I REALLY THINK I NEED A GOOD ATTORNEY THAT DOES PRO BONO CASES. BUT I HAVE ALMOST WAITED TO LONG TO SUE FOR PRODUCT LIABILITY, FOR THE FACT THAT I AM SHY 12 DAYS OF BEING TWO YEARS SINCE MY LAST SURGERY FROM MY 4TH BROKEN ROD!
ANYWAY THAT IS WHAT IS HAPPENING TO ME!! SINCERELY , CHAR RICH
charla j rich