Climbing My Everest!!

By Alexandre Buisse

Well by unanimous decision here is the new look of my site. Thanks again to everyone who took the time to comment on the new headers. While my body heals I’ve been taking the time to give my site a new look. There are more changes coming down the road so keep checking back. Yesterday was check-in day at the hospital and I had all my staples taken out. It appears that everything is healing the way it should, although I still have to make sure that I don’t move my neck to the side until the six to eight week mark.

My body is tired and I feel like I’ve just climbed to the top of Mount Everest! If you’ve every watched anything on climbing regarding Everest or any other large mountain then you might be familiar with the process. Often theses climbs are done in stages. You climb until you get to a certain height, and then stay in camps to rest and acclimatize. Then after a short rest period your off starting Stage #2and climbing again until your reach the next camp. This process continues over and over until you reach the summit. These types of climbs often take long periods of time to complete and are physically taxing on the body.

Pushing On

In a lot of ways going through the implant process has been just like being on one of those climbing expeditions. Stage #1 began by me going through surgery #1 to place an electrode in my spine. This was then hooked up to a battery to send stimulation down my leg to help control the pain. It was the first of two electrodes that were to be placed in my spine. That was followed by a short period of time to allow my body to rest and adapt to the stimulation and recover from surgery. Stage #2 or surgery #2 was to internalize the battery followed by another short period of rest to let my body heal and prepare for the other stages that lay ahead. At this stage of my journey there weren’t to many twists and turns. Everything was pretty straight forward and at this point in time and I was encouraged at the progress I was making. The hardest part of my climb lay ahead!

Sometimes these climbs are very smooth and everything goes as planned, and at other times it isn’t so easy. It was when I started Stage #3 that I ran into my small storm. It was at this point that I was undergoing surgery #3 to place the electrode in my spine at the base of my neck. It would implanted the same way as the first, and this would help reduce the pain in my left hand. Unfortunately the electrode shifted and they had to go back in for surgery #4 to fix the problem. I started to wonder if I’d have the strength to get up the mountain. Some climbers encounter problems with severe altitude sickness I had to have an extra surgery but hey it’s all good! The storm has passed and my climb continues.

Strength & Determination

I am currently in Stage #4 and have had surgery #5 to implant the battery that will control the stimulation for the arm. As I push towards the top there have been a few more obstacles that I’ve encountered. Like not being able to use the existing battery and having to implant a new one. My body is tired and it’s been pushed to the limit but I can see the top! I have to tell myself over and over to keep pushing upwards and that I’m almost there. With perseverance I will get to the top of this mountain, and the results will be very rewarding!

 

 

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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7 Responses to Climbing My Everest!!

  1. Jackie says:

    Love the new look, awesome photo… Glad you can see the top of the mountain. 🙂

  2. Lovin’ your attitude, Ross. So glad you stopped by for a visit!

    P.S. Your header is so lovely.

  3. lisa says:

    Thank you so very much for your visit Ross.
    It is how I found you here, and I am so glad I did!
    I’ve just spent some time looking through your posts.
    Truly you are a brave individual with a wonderful spirit.
    I think this post is especially wonderful, because I have a friend who successfully climbed Mt. Everest on his 4th attempt. I think the analogy you make here is a truly wonderful one. The last image here is extra special.

    lisa.

  4. Amy says:

    Hope your surgery went well. I have a ton of folks praying for you!

  5. Lori says:

    So glad to hear you are finally seeing the silver lining through the clouds. It seems you have had more than your fair share of complications. Both my IPG were implanted at one time – one in each hip. One controls the upper extremities, and one the lower extremities. However, I did have a setback. I am 8 weeks out of surgery, and just got to remove my cervical collar last week. However, where the 4 leads were anchored in my spinal cord, I had, at least, a 2 -3 inch lump –that was extremely painful. Today, I went in for a “revision”. The surgeon found an extreme amount of scar tissue where the leads were anchored. She said it was like the scar tissue had been there for a year or more – not just 8 weeks. She removed the plastic anchors, and attached the leads directly to muscle in the spinal cord. She also, of course, removed the scar tissue. We were extremely greatful for the surgeon’s skilled hands. She was able to remove the anchors and scar tissue – and did not disturb the upper extremity leads. However, the lower leads did move somewhat – but she didn’t think they moved enough to disturb my coverage of the lower extremities. I now have to start again with no bending, twisting, lifting – etc. The good news is I did not have to go back into the cervical collar. What a blessing. The pain is extremely great tonight. Now we just pray – the leads scar again correctly, and don’t again create a major amount of scar tissue. I am beginning to find some relief with stimulation coverage of the upper (hands and shoulders). Just a little – but anything is better than nothing. Hope your healing continues without further complications.

  6. Great new look, Ross. Good luck on your recovery and surgeries. I hope it all goes smoothly and that it is a complete success!

  7. bettyl says:

    I can’t begin to imagine what you are going through, but for sure, God is getting all the glory! You are in my prayers.
    Love the new look, too!

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