Surgery Update

Hi everybody! I hope everyone had a great Christmas. I wanted to throw up a quick post to update everyone what’s happening in my parts. Yesterday I went in for surgery to start part two of my implants! This implant is to stimulate my left arm and hopefully reduce pain even further. The surgery didn’t go well and it appears as though I’m going to have to go in for more surgery. The electrode that they implant in my spine looks as though it has shifted thus causing the stimulation to go down my right arm instead of my left.

During the surgery everything was going great and I could feel the stimulation in the left arm just fine. It was tested several times and every time the results were the same, the sensations were down the left side. Somehow between closing me up and recovery all that changed and I started feeling it down the right side. The neurosurgeon sent me for xrays and it seems as though the lead on the end of the wire has shifted. What does this mean? It means I’ll be going back in for more surgery! It wasn’t what I was hoping for, but it is what it is. Am I discouraged yes but am I going to let it slow me down? No way!

So if I don’t update for a few days you will know why. I go in to the hospital tomorrow and I’ll find out what the next step is. There is a chance that I could be back in surgery as early as tomorrow, most likely though it will be early next week. When you go into a surgery like this you have to expect that there could be complications like this. You can’t let it affect your look on things. I’ve come to far to let another setback derail me. In going to keep pushing forward and keep smiling while I do it!

About Ross

My name is Ross and I want to welcome you to my site. I’m married to an amazing woman who is my best friend, and my soul mate all rolled up into one! I am the father of two very special girls who we adopted from China & Ethiopia. Together we make up one very multicultural family!

In 2006 my life was turned upside down when I was diagnosed with CRPS/RSD. It was the start of a journey I never could have expected, and one that I couldn’t fight without God. CRPS is a chronic pain disease and it started in my left hand. I lost mobility of my hand and started to experience pain unlike I ever could have imagined. Not to long after my left ankle became affected. I spent the better half of about a year not knowing what was going on in my body and traveling from doctor to doctor to find a diagnosis. As time went by I started learning more about CRPS and all its symptoms that it brings with it!

As I started to learn more about CRPS I felt the growing need to share the information I was learning with others and to raise more awareness. As well I want this to be a place where we can connect and support one another. So I would encourage you to contact me if you want.

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3 Responses to Surgery Update

  1. Erin says:

    You have such a positive outlook on life, despite all your struggles! I wish you all the best as you undergo your next procedure…I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers! I’m glad I came across your blog, I find it really inspiring when others post about their health conditions and have such an amazing outlook on their life!

    I hope the best for the 2012 year…
    Hang it there, your new follower,

  2. April says:

    So sorry to hear this, Ross. What a rotten way to start of 2012. Hope the surgery helps your pain, though.

    Prayers for you,

  3. Amy says:

    Ross, Hubs and I are praying for you! I will add you to the Wednesday night prayer list. Hope your feeling better soon and that all is going well 😀

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