Hi there, Thanks for taking a minute to read this introduction of mine. I call myself Billy1962 on line. You would think Billy is my first name but that would just be to obvious or dumb on my part not to mention what it would say about my creative level. I just chose it at random. That was a lot of typing about nothing wasn't it?
I am a 11 years long Trauma patient, with all that entails. Each procedure or surgery did not become easier to accept as they mounted. Each weeks or months long inpatient stay was in many ways more difficult to get through than the previous.
I did however increase my vocabulary greatly, if only in discussions about fusions, pain, fear, death, Sicu, catastrophic injuries, and in the rare discussions that pertained to the vending machine failures or why is the Lays slot always empty and the Jiffy Pop one always full. Basically I was in a new world now and what I was and who I became had to come to terms and soon.
I was injured in a construction accident (if I say the date and city and you lived in this area you would know what happened and also know information about the medical teams and the hospitals involved and so on) it occurred in Feb 2004 the company I was (and oddly technically still am) employed by were building a six story high end condominium building. It was a sunny and all around warm day for a February in a state just north of Iowa and just below Canada. Who would have guessed I would have reached the peak and end of my career in the building trades in one unforeseen and nightmarish fall from the 4th floor of that still high end condominium building ( it did get completed all the way up to the 6th floor I would hear this news only after waking up from what I would have to say is my first big medical term burned into memory Medically induced coma.....medically induced coma what the hell did they just say it's April?)
My first surgery my first major surgery or major surgeries happened on one day the pelvis guy wanted to "get in there first" but was trumped by the "neuro" guys (they do get paid more money than any ortho guy could dream of getting, but do have to say they are better people persons overall) I had fractured my pelvis and both hips cracked yet not a displacement fracture in sight ( I would later hear quite often that I was very lucky in that regard, Lucky?) The C1 C2 C3 fractures all serious and fortunately for me they only applied pressure to my spinal cord. The fractures below from T7-L5 were by far much worse a mixture of totally destroyed to a laminate fracture. I had a Brachial Plexus injury (still have) Did I mention there were also 32 separate rib fractures, sternum had 3 fractures , I skull fracture (soon to be followed by 3 holes drilled to release "a little pressure". My Left arm did not fare well at all beginning with the shoulder an evulsion with crushed socket and cracked ball, elbow 3 fractures and a crushed nerve canal (nerve was still inside) and the wrist and hand 12 fractures in all but only 5 had to be re broken and reset. (The importance of the left arm injuries vs everything else at the time did not make the cut and 2 years later they would have their day on the OR) Fractured R femur vascular involvement and also my getting a lot of new blood. I forgot however the first ever procedure was the Trach which a paramedic performed perfectly on the patio area where I fell that sunny and oddly warm February afternoon. Not the double surgery deemed "worth it" since I did not die I had mentioned earlier in this now long drawn out bit of writing. What did I know I was asleep and having some very strange "dreams" and my life and my death were now and have been in the hands of people I never met.
The doctor who chose to continue with CPR in the ER, The paramedics who allowed me to breath again and soon would shock my heart two times and get me working again. I owe you more than I can ever repay you . You chose to not quit and those two separate decisions by far are my all time favorites, hands down! (I had to say that it's the least I could say and if they happen to be on this site they will know who they are and my case and now see my gratitude, thank you again!)