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I feel blessed. I am a 5'11, 180.lb, 56 year old male in pretty good active shape, weight training and avid skier A week ago today I was bodysurfing in a man made wave pool and hit head first into a 6'5" 250 lb ex marine. Talk about hitting a brick wall. Luckily I can hold my breath for quite awhile. I was able to hold my breath from before catching the wave, riding the wave into mid pool, hitting the marine and realizing i cant move anything while hoping someone will come flip me over. Luckily for me after about 20 seconds the marine saw me floating face down and gently rolled me over while calling a lifeguard.
I showed Priapism which is about the worst thing to show in a spinal cord injury. Unbelievable for me it subsided after 10 minutes and after 15 minutes I could start moving my toes!
The next day I could move both feet and hands but weaker on the left. After cat and MRI scans the NS said I had arthritis on my neck which caused a 40 % closure on my spinal column from c3 c4 and c5. She said she would wait to operate till a week after the accident to operate. When she learned I could not urinate she scheduled my operation to a few hours.
They opened the vertebre and fused my c3c4c5 with a rod and two plates and put me in a hard Aspen neck brace.
The day after the operation I was walking down the halls! My left hand was almost impossible to move and one of the doctors suggested it may not come back. Since then everyday it improves. I can fully open my hand, even give the Spock greeting. I can also roll my fingers into a fist and lift a couple of pounds with my grip. I'm hoping for a near or complete recovery. Feeling extremely blessed.