Pushing Through Adversity!!

First of all I want to say sorry for not posting like normal, life’s been a bit hectic! I’ll get back on schedule when things calm down. I’m into week number three with my problems that have developed with my upper implant, and I’m no closer to knowing if we have got all the infection cleared up or not. The incision from the surgery is healing up well and everything looks clear on the outside. What we don’t know is if the neurosurgeon was able to get all of the infection from within. When I saw the doctor yesterday we went over the report and to be quite honest my heart sank a little.

The surgeon reran the previous tests and they came back with the same results showing contamination in the areas where he swabbed and from the cultures. He told me that we’ll have to keep monitoring things, and at this point in time it becomes about trying to save the implant from being taken out. The problem is that any infection that gets onto the wire can’t be killed by the antibiotics that I’ve been on for the last couple of weeks. To say that this is all very frustrating is an understatement. I’m very happy with how the implants are working however I didn’t expect six months down the road to have all of this happen.

There’s one thing I want to tell those of you who are dealing with chronic pain. If your thinking of getting an implant don’t let what’s happened to me discourage you from getting it. When I asked the surgeon how often something like this has happened he proceed to tell me only twice me being the second. That being said though it is the reality when you sign up for the program. If you go ahead with getting an implant then you take on all the things that may or may not go wrong. Like everything in life there are pros and cons to your decisions.

Am I scared that the infection might work it’s way to my spinal column? YES! I do however have an excellent team of people that look after me are doing a great job in watching the situation and if there is any chance that it does the implant will be taken out quickly and a new one put in. I’ve handed this problem over to God and I know in my heart that He has healed that infection.

I felt that today I needed to write a post that was open and honest and let those of you know who follow my blog about how things are going. It wouldn’t change my decision about getting the implant, and if I had to do it all over again I would. You take the good with the bad in all of this and you come out stronger in the end. You keep pushing through the hard times and try to focus on how much change has happened for the better. Like every other hurdle we will get through this one as well.

 

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 and a half 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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One Response to Pushing Through Adversity!!

  1. Ross, I just wanted to let you know there are prayers headed your way from Atlanta. You wrote a blog post a while ago with the title “Power in Words” and that same message rings true right now as well. You empower yourself and so many others by the words you choose to share and craft on your blog. The honesty reflects realness and reality and is appreciated and informative. Your perspective and faith couched within this honesty is inspiring and moving and allows your readers to connect with you in a way that invites us to better personalize our prayers for you and your family. I’m grateful for that.

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