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L-4 L-5 laminectomy disectomy

Sammy123SSammy123 Posts: 1
edited 06/13/2015 - 8:08 PM in Recovering from Surgery
I'm 59 years old, I had my surgery in mid May of this year. Actually I had a great recovery, I had to lay flat on my back or stand. After less than 2 weeks I was walking around in discomfort but really tried to keep moving. After about the beginning of the third week I was walking about 1 mile every other day. For most of June I'm walking 5-6 miles a day. Before my surgery I had numb feet, aching legs and my balance was off. I'm so glad I had this operation , my stamina level has increased 10 fold now. Four years ago I was injured in a fall. I fell off a ladder and landed on concrete steps. I was paralyzed from the neck down for over three hours. I assume I got a big sloppy kiss from an angel. I also had two spinal cord injuries that resulted from my fall. My lumbar had a spinal injury and my cervical has the worst spinal cord injury. My second operation will be soon to get the cervical repaired in order to get the pressure off my spinal cord. This is probably hard to believe what I have to say next. When I fell I landed on my back, my head was laying back down one step, I had a gold crown that was knocked out from the impact. There I was laying there helpless choking on my crown. I quickly blew air out and the crown thank god came out and I took my tounge and pushed it up in my front gum. The ambulance arrived about an hour plus later and got me into the ambulance. I Layed there for a long time before anyone found me. I was taken to xxxx in Louisville. I began to get feeling in my toes and eventually almost my entire body. My bladder wasn't working and I was in unbearable pain, felt like burning road rash over my entire body. It was horrible. This is the strange part, I lost my health insurance for a while. This fall happened around 4 years ago. The doctors and nurses actually asked me to leave, they for some reason thought I was faking?.....they actually asked me to leave....I was devastated. I called some friends to come get me...I couldn't walk. They loaded me in a car and took me home. It took me 6 months to finally walk. I couldn't walk far because I had o stamina. The hospital didn't even do a mri or anything. I finally got my health insurance back. I had an mri done in May this year when they discovered the spinal cord injuries. I walked around for four years like this. To this day I will never understand why they threw me out.....really bothers me. I'm thankful to god I will recover. I dodged a bullet. If anyone else had a similar experience let me know. I still have about six months to get an attorney. Can't seem to find one. Anyone knows of a decent attorney let me know please.

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