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After Effects of a Fractured C-1

Here is an excerpt from my upcoming book. Thought you may enjoy…

I am a firm believer in mind over matter. There are, however, some situations where this does not seem to apply. Or, if it does, I cannot figure out how. The physicalities overrule the mental aspect. Here are a few that apply to my fracturing my C-1 35 years ago….

A C-1 is the first cervical vertebrae. When fractured, it can easily lead to paralysis. Well, luckily, I have not been paralyzed. There are other after effects of the injury that I’ve been living with, though.

It is painful for me to move my neck to look straight up. It seems to pinch a nerve. This is not only uncomfortable and painful, but causes me to lose my balance. When looking up at say – an air show -, I need to brace my head with one of my hands. The discomfort is too immense, otherwise.

I am unable to reach over my head, look up and do activities like clean. Can’t say I really am sad about that. (My attempt at a joke). It is also difficult to change light bulbs in ceiling or overhead lights. Volleyball can be trying. Painting ceilings is very difficult.

Ladders and I do not get along. I do not use them. Loss of balance is too risky for me, especially if I have to look up. Even step stools may not cut it.

Combine all of this with my double vision that is a result of a closed head injury, and there are limitations I must face daily.

It could be much worse, though. For that, I am truly grateful.

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  1. 2009/March, I had a TKR (right knee) I went through all the usual feelings including the depression and all the stretching and rehab along with pain and I was so looking forward to being mobile again.
    2010/March, I had to have the Achilles Tendon disconnected so the surgeon could get to the huge bone spur that came out the back of my heel and remove it. The tip of it has also broken off. The spur was grinding away at the Achilles Tendon so the tendon had to be repaired and reattached. Again I’m immobile. It has been now 8 weeks of which 6 weeks were spent in a wheelchair. I’m now allowed to walk with a boot. Nobody told me how painful that would be when first attempted. Now two weeks into partial weight bearing then full weight bearing and I can almost tolerate a full day of being on it but for the swelling which causes me to have to elevate it. I still use a crutch occasionally.

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