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Exclamation 17 Days & Counting..... - November 2, 2007, 10:20 PM

Hey there everyone. Thought I'd take this time to give a little update on what's coming up. A lot of my closer friends on here already know what I'm getting ready to talk about, but I'm going to throw in a little more detail this time.
As just about everyone on here knows, I was involved in a pretty damn serious accident back in Feb of this year, from which I sustained massive nerve damage to my right arm and shoulder. I've been in physical therapy ever since the end of Feb, and it's been coming along quite nicely. Especially the last month, I've made an incredible amount of progress over the last month, and my upper arm/shoulder is feeling and looking really good. It is no longer hanging out of the socket the way it has been for the last 4-5 months. For those that were at Derek & Audi's wedding in TN, you got to see it first hand. My lower arm, hand and wrist are the opposite story though. Over the past 9 months since the accident, I have not gained even 1mm of movement back in my hand or wrist. I know, it sucks.
I've seen 3 different neurologists, the most recent one just happens to be a neurosurgeon/specialist at Duke Univ Med Center. My injuries were so severe and in such a technical area of the arm, that none of the neurologists here in the Savannah area felt comfortable working with me, especially if the end result came down to surgery...so they recommended me to the Dr. at Duke. Well, my last trip up there was just over a month ago, and he was very pleased with the way my shoulder has been coming along. He was not, however, happy with my lower arm, hand & wrist. I keep saying lower arm, b/c I can not rotate my wrist over from top to bottom and back, and I have no external flexion in my elbow. Meaning, if I were standing with my arms at my side and bent at the elbow, I can not turn my arm out and away from my body.
Well, he did recommend surgery for me, and it took me less than a second to agree. Me and the wife had already discussed this topic in depth before we went up there, so there was no thinking about the answer. This is where the 17 Days comes in from the subject line. My surgery is scheduled for 19 Nov at Duke Hospital in Durham, NC. It's going to be an exploratory surgery, to open the arm, take a look at the nerve, and see where exactly and what exactly the problem is. The tests that I've done up to date just let them know that something is not working right. But it does not tell them where or what exactly the problem is. They are going to have to open the nerve, and manually stimulate it with electricity each inch until they find where the pulse stops at. Once they find that area, then they'll be able to look closer at it and fix it. It might be something as simple as scar tissue build up, or the nerve is pinched in between some muscles. Or...it could be that an area of the nerve is dead or destroyed and needs to be replaced with a nerve graft. Again, they won't know until they open the arm up and take a look.
I just wanted to fill you guys in on the little details here. I know that a lot of you knew about the wreck, and some knew about the surgery. But now you all know what I know up this point dealing with the surgery and what to expect. Please, keep us in your thoughts as this day approaches. I'm already a little nervous as it is, but I know that I'm going to be a complete wreck come the weekend before, and I'm sure that Erica will probably be ready to kill me by then. And by all means, if any of you are making plans to be in the Durham, NC area for Thanksgiving, stop by and say hello! I'd love to see you. Yes, my surgery is the Monday of Thanksgiving week.
Thanks again for all the powerful and positive vibes you've sent thus far, and thank you from the bottom of my heart for all the words of encouragement you've sent me over the months. It has been an EXTREMELY hard and difficult time for me, and you all have helped me far more than you know. There were times I was ready to call it in, I'll admit it. But thanks to friends like you, and keeping my ass in line, I'll be back on a group ride hopefully by the end of next riding season with you all.
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November 2, 2007, 11:33 PM

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I hope all goes well for you!!! While I don't know you, my prayers are there for you to have a successful "exploratory" surgery. I hope you come out with a fixed nerve!
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As always Bobby .. you hang in there and gimme a call if you need anything!!


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Good luck and our prayers are with you!

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Good Luck! Hopefully its something simple and easy to fix.


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