Welcome to my P4P page! I'm riding for a reason!
The reason I'm riding is to help give back to Craig, after they have helped give so much back to me. I firmly believe that Craig Hospital helped save my life and give me back my indepedance, at a time when I did not think it would be possible. I do not think I could have received any better treatment or gotten any more recovery anywhere else in the world. I am so thankful and blessed to have been admitted to Craig.
On November 22, 2015 I was invovled in an ATV accident that caused a broken femur, calcaneous, and L1 vertebrae leaving me paralyzed from the waste down. I was airlifted to Univeristy Medical Center in Las Vegas where I underwent numerous surgeries over two weeks to repair my broken bones. After an 18 day stay, I was transferred to Craig Hospital in Denver on December 10th to begin my rehabilitation.
My time at Craig started off as a roller coaster ride. It was discovered in my first week that I had 3 pressure sores on my right leg, which was casted from the heel surgery. This put me on bed rest for a couple days. After that first week, doctors had determined that my initial back surgery was faulty and would need to be redone. During the surgery it was discovered that I had a severe staff infection throughout the hardware in my spine and that I was near septic. The doctor successfully removed all the infection and reinstalled new hardware correcting the previous errors. Then, on Christmas day, just before our family dinner, doctor's found 3 blood clots in my left leg, once again putting me on bed rest for a few days.
Though I arrived on the 10th of December my rehab really did not begin until January. Therapy was like a full time job of 8 hour days, 5 days a week working with therapists, rehab techs, nurses, and doctors. During this time I worked on strengthing my body, and learning the skills necessary to live a life of independance. Near the end of January, for the first time in 2 months, I was able to feel a flicker in my leg muscles.
I remained as an in patient at Craig until March 17, 2016. Upon discharge my physical therapists agreed that with time and effort, I would be walking in some fashion. I have stayed in Denver, with my mother, to continue working with therapists as an out patient. While I still currently use my wheelchair for everday mobility, I am getting stronger everyday and am capable of walking on my own with a walker/crutches. I'll be returning home on June 22, and by that time I believe I will be strong enough to walk and only use my wheelchair on a limited basis.
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