hi again. i can't figure out how to add a signature, so i wanted to go ahead and formally introduce myself. my name is rebecca, i am 29, and the mother of 3 year old twin girls. our lives weren't busy enough, so we were thrown a huge curve ball 7 months ago.
on 11.21.07, we were in a near-fatal auto accident, in which our ford f250 4 x 4 diesel 4-door pick-up rolled twice. to make a very long and complicated story short, my husband and girls made it out without a scratch. i later found out that i had broken my back, my shoulder, fractured and bruised ribs, and even had collapsed lungs. my broken back consisted of a burst fracture of t5 (nearly 2/3 of the vertebrae had shattered, leaving only a third of it left). i was told by the docs that i was a miracle to be alive and to have NOT been paralyzed during the accident.
after 2 long surgeries, i was left with a 7-level thoracic fusion from t2-t8, with 16" titanium rods and screws running the length of most of my back. i also needed to have a decompression laminectomy of t4 and a bone graft from my hip to t5.
so after 7 months of painfully brutal recovery, i am so excited to say that i am PAIN FREE and off ALL pain meds! i have been struggling with depression on and off since the accident, but i am being treated with cymbalta for that, which seems to work for me.
i have worn my tlso brace for 7 months, but have graduated to only needing it for driving. i even went offshore fishing 3 weeks ago and had NO problems at all. no pain afterwards or even the next day....it was amazing and exactly what i needed.
i have learned so much from my accident, about life, love, and so much more! i think this was my "wake-up" call. there is even talk from my doctor that we may consider removing all of the hardware after the first year mark, if the fracture is completely healed.
all-in-all, i am a true example of a successful surgery. though many of you struggle with pain on a daily basis, i truly understand and wish you all the best. i am a member to several forums like these, and have gotten only heart-felt support. it great to have such resources.
i hope to meet some of you soon...i will post regularly under the back surgery forum.