In 1997 I was diagnosed with a clogged artery in my heart and had two stents put in, and was told I had heart disease, told to take it easy I did and soon the weight started to pile on and eventually ended up at 230 pounds.
After being told I had type two diabetes in the following years I started two walk off and on but nothing too serious as I had back problems as well.
In 2008 I went to the emergency room with back pain and was told I probably had a ruptured disk and was given pain killers and scheduled for a cat scan. Taking the pain killers off I went camping for the weekend, little did I know I was in for quite an experience.
Snoopy and I were alone in my 26 foot Jayco trailer when all of a sudden I felt numbness in my left arm, getting up I started to walk to the back of trailer and my legs gave out sending me crashing to the floor. I just lay there hoping I didnt break a rib or something, then pulled my self up. I though I was having a stroke, but what I read was your face should start to droop, mine wasn't.
The next thing I did was try to get to my truck to get to a phone for help, getting out the trailer i started to walk but fell down after a few steps, getting up again I eventually made it to the truck and pulled myself into the driver seat, my legs felt heavy, starting the truck I put it in reverse but couldnt lift my foot for the break, thinking this was a bad idea I shut off the vehicle and tried to get out of the truck, eventually falling to the ground.
A couple were walking towards me on the road and I called out to them for help, they came over and helped me to the trailer, I told them what was happening and needed help. I was rushed to the hospital and met by a nerosurgeon doctor who was on duty, after telling him what was happening, he stated he wanted me in for a cat scan right away and admitted me.
I had nerve compression in my upper neck involving vertabrae C2 C3 C4 and a four hour operation to fix everything was scheduled.
The next morning I woke up and had staples right down the back of my neck....omg I thought I got to get out of here. Given a schedule to follow involving getting up and trying to walk I started with a walker, I walked and walked circles around the nurses station, then graduated to a cane a few days later, each morning I was up before the doctor arrived, bed made and ready to go.
After a week I was told I was too good to go into Re-Hab and was going to go home. I had to report to physio three times a week for strength training and motor skills and walking on a treadmill to get better.
I was off work for 90 days.
Every year since 2008 I have been getting stronger, walking each day with Snoopy when I can, keeping my levels down for diabetes, and even had a handshake from my doctor during checkup time. Being alive keeps me motivated and
I never thought I would be running but I am, even though its not far, I am running!..........
Update: August 19 2012 - I completed the Navy 10K in Halifax N.S. with a finish time of 70 minutes....my first event.
| current weight: 215.0