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  • UNA_Texan
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    Hey BC,

    I hope you have stayed clear of the COVID during these past few months. I have continued to keep you in my thoughts and prayers, more so when I thought about WT BB and SB being cancelled.

    I hope that you have been able to get continued, safe, home care and PT and continue to progress.

    I am sure that it has been a challenging time from a business standpoint as well.

    My best wishes for your good health and continued progress.

    Joe
    Last edited by UNA_Texan; 05-22-2020, 07:42 PM.

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  • laker
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    Originally posted by BuffaloChip View Post
    Progress is slow. Emphasize on progress.

    Again, I appreciate the concern!

    John aka BuffaloChip
    Thanks for the update. Please keep posting when you can. I hope you can make it to some WT games!

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  • UNA_Texan
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    I am glad you are progressing. I wake up occasionally with a leg off the bed. Luckily, our current bedroom furniture is this horrific stuff my wife chose which is very close to the floor. Between that and cramps which cause me problems at night, I can relate to sleep issues due to neuropathic legs

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  • BuffaloChip
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    Originally posted by UNA_Texan View Post
    Hey John, I was thinking about you, and wondering how you are doing. Hope you have been able to find the assistance you need.
    Thanks for asking, Joe.

    I'm slowly progressing. With PT I'm getting stronger. But it's slow going. I'm getting more feeling returning each week. Today I had PT. The therapist did a sensory test. I could feel her fingers on my left toes and the inside calf. 6 weeks ago it would have been nothing. My right foot and leg are better than the left. However, as an example of how far away from a complete recovery I am, Sat night I awakened at 3am with terrible pain in the scrotum area toward the perineum and up into my torso. Hell, I was crying it was so severe. I called my wife (by phone) in the master bedroom. She hurried in and founnd my right leg on the bedroom floor, twisted in an unnatural position. The muscle spasms during the night had flip-flopped the damn leg right off the bed. The pain subsided when she put the leg back on the bed. I did not feel the leg leave the bed.

    But hey, I finally got me some velcro seamed wheelchair pants that my nurses can get me into using the hoyer to drop me down into them, like a clamshell. I'm planning on making it to a couple WT BB games in Feb via the wheelchair-capable community van service. Things could be a lot worse. I do feel a bit like a prisoner in my own house........... I'm ready to get out and gogogo, like before!

    I'm paying a company for about 50 hours week of care, $1,100 a week. I'm just so grateful I can afford it. My wife can't hardly help. She's weak with severe RA and a condition called lower limb dystonia. I worry more about her than I do me.

    Progress is slow. Emphasize on progress.

    Again, I appreciate the concern!

    John aka BuffaloChip
    Last edited by BuffaloChip; 01-22-2020, 10:18 AM.

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  • UNA_Texan
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    Hey John, I was thinking about you, and wondering how you are doing. Hope you have been able to find the assistance you need.

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  • Herb Street
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    Unfortunately, damages for medical malpractice are severely limited in Texas and many other states. Non-economic damages are usually capped at around $200-250K, and punitive damages are usually limited to $750-$1 million. Of course, punitive damages are extremely hard to get, because they demand “gross negligence” or willful misconduct/malpractice. That’s a tough hill to climb.

    Because of these limits, personal injury attorneys have mostly abandoned med/mal as a revenue source, and have turned more to car accidents and slip/fall liability cases.

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  • HOGSVRR
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    Merry Christmas Chip. We have prayed for your recovery. Never give up.

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  • LSC Fan
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    Chip,

    We are rooting for you sir!

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  • BuffaloChip
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    Originally posted by IUPNation View Post

    I cannot imagine that you don't have a case. The sharks in Philly would be courting you like crazy.

    What that doctor did to you is a disgrace. You should not be suffering like this.

    Thank goodness you are blessed with resources to take care of yourself but you shouldn't have to do that.

    You costs should be compensated.
    ing constipat
    I'll keep checking this thread to see how you are doing. I really have been wondering why I had not seen you posting in the OT and hoping you were okay.
    Thanks for the good will, Michael. It's ironic when a busy, involved person's life becomes focused on not getting constipated (a condition you do not want when you are incontinent).

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  • ASUPops
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    Originally posted by BuffaloChip View Post
    My attorney has passed all my medical and billing records on to medical malpractice attorney's in Houston, Waco, and Austin. Hopefully one will find my case worthy of their time and expense.

    My son's about to get me out of bed (using a hydraulic lift) into my wheelchair and head for the home theater to watch the Cowboys-Eagles gammon the big screen
    Many of the documents signed before medical procedures state specific risks and therefore protects medical professionals should one of those circumstances take place. However, IF negligence can be PROVEN, then malpractice will settle out of court. But the award is usually not nearly as much as people expect. And then it is usually equally allocated as follows.....1/3 to your attorney, 1/3 for healthcare costs, 1/3 to you.

    Our legal system SUCKS and takes way too long to settle legitimate cases.

    Best of luck Chip. Wish you and yours a very Merry Christmas and a happy & healthy New Year.

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  • IUPNation
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    Originally posted by BuffaloChip View Post
    My attorney has passed all my medical and billing records on to medical malpractice attorney's in Houston, Waco, and Austin. Hopefully one will find my case worthy of their time and expense.

    My son's about to get me out of bed (using a hydraulic lift) into my wheelchair and head for the home theater to watch the Cowboys-Eagles gammon the big screen
    I cannot imagine that you don't have a case. The sharks in Philly would be courting you like crazy.

    What that doctor did to you is a disgrace. You should not be suffering like this.

    Thank goodness you are blessed with resources to take care of yourself but you shouldn't have to do that.

    You costs should be compensated.

    I'll keep checking this thread to see how you are doing. I really have been wondering why I had not seen you posting in the OT and hoping you were okay.

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  • texcap
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    Originally posted by BuffaloChip View Post
    My attorney has passed all my medical and billing records on to medical malpractice attorney's in Houston, Waco, and Austin. Hopefully one will find my case worthy of their time and expense.

    My son's about to get me out of bed (using a hydraulic lift) into my wheelchair and head for the home theater to watch the Cowboys-Eagles gammon the big screen
    I’m sorry that you had to witness that in your condition. I hope it didn’t set your return back!

    Keep hanging in there.

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  • BuffaloChip
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    My attorney has passed all my medical and billing records on to medical malpractice attorney's in Houston, Waco, and Austin. Hopefully one will find my case worthy of their time and expense.

    My son's about to get me out of bed (using a hydraulic lift) into my wheelchair and head for the home theater to watch the Cowboys-Eagles gammon the big screen
    Last edited by BuffaloChip; 12-22-2019, 03:33 PM.

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  • IUPNation
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    Originally posted by BuffaloChip View Post
    Hey Guys,
    Thanks to all for the well wishes and prayers.

    Before any wild guesses or rumors get started, I guess I better get it out there.

    At present, I am paralyzed from the mid-stomach down, the result of a back procedure gone wrong performed on Sep 23. Yes.

    On July 26 I awoke with severe middle (thoracic) back pain. Unbelievable rolling muscle spasms and pain off the charts. Went to hospital emergency room (by ambulance). Unable to do CT or MRI scan because I could absolutely not lay flat on my back because of the indescribable level of pain. Tried 2 more MRI's. Same story. Referred to a pain specialist, Brian Hasselhoff, MD, Panhandle Pain & Spine (a warning to all who read this). He decided to do the following, 1 inject the nerves with steroids. Wait and evaluate the effectiveness, 2 if that didn't work, inject the nerves with some pain killer. Wait and evaluate, 3 do a nerve block on the nerves.

    I showed up on Sep 23, walked in to day surgery facility using my walker. The Dr. skipped the first 2 procedures and went directly to the nerve block, never telling me what he was going to do. After the procedure I was paralyzed from the mid-torso down. Taken to BSA Hospital. Horrible pain from rolling spasms and my back. Finally did CT scan. Radiologist read it. Neurosurgeon reported that it appeared that I had osteomyelitis in the spine (back bones were infected probably from a long term uncured bladder infection) and it had damaged the spine from the procedure. My options were 6 weeks IV antibiotics, beat the infection and hope the spine heals or surgery (and IV antibiotics). Surgeon felt surgery inserting steel rods and screws might cause more damage than benefit. I agreed that antibiotics alone was best path. Spent 8 days at BSA hospital in Amarillo.

    Did 5 weeks of IV in rehab hospital. Been in another nursing/rehab facility for 3 weeks. I hope to go home in a couple weeks..

    At first, the only movement I had was the ability to barely move my right toes. Today, 9 weeks later, my physical therapist says I have some movement in both legs. By that, the therapist feels the muscles moving, I can't. I can move toes, move ankles left and right with therapist holding them up a bit, press down on knees, bend knees, etc. All the movement is very slight or small. But, the nerves are sending signals and the muscles are responding. I have very, very little feeling. Who knows how long this will take? If the process continues, a couple years? Maybe more. It's most likely I will make progress but never not need a wheelchair.

    One problem is my weak and partially paralyzed core/torso. I'm also incontinent. That's fun. But, I am getting stronger and the torso will come around.

    Meantime, I have received my new powered wheelchair. A hospital bed has been shipped to my house, as well as an expensive Hill/Rohm air mattress is on the way. I'm awaiting my power lift. The only way I can be lifted out of bed or my wheelchair is on a sling tethered to a hydraulic lift. I have hired a private pay home health care outfit. I'll need lot's of help. Costly help. Medicare don't pay ****. I bought all my equipment, $12,000. I'm budgeting $60,000 a year for about 56 hours a week care. We"ll see how it works out. Maybe, once I get in a groove I won't need as much care. My wife is too weak to help. I have a lot of adjustments and accommodations to figure out and make. When you're paralyzed, an inch might as well be a mile.

    I will admit, another way out was uppermost on my mind the first month or more. An easy way out. Take some pills. Go to sleep. Never wake up. However, I'm not a quitter. Never have been. I finally came around.

    So, I'm going to give it a good shot. Hopefully, by April or May, I'll be shopping for a handicapped mobility van with hand controls, etc. And I'll be riding my wheelchair back on the sidelines and in the stands for WT sports next year. I sure hope so.
    I have been wondering where you have been. Decided to check this forum. Glad you are getting better.

    If I were you, I’d be calling a Philadelphia Lawyer. Dr. Quackenstein needs to answer for he did to you.

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  • Brandon
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    Originally posted by BuffaloChip View Post

    Hey Brandon, still looking forward to a trip by you down here next season. I may be in a wheel chair, but I won't be an invalid.
    Absolutely. I dgaf about race, sex, orientation, blah, blah, blah etc. I enjoy minds and ideas. That won't change a bit. Will look forward to a great time.

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